MetaX
MetaX 2.4.6
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Metadata tagger for mp4 files.   Free
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Editor's Note: MetaX is no longer being developed, nor does the developer seem to be providing any form of support. MetaX's successor, MetaZ, is available here.

MetaX is a free meta-data tagging application for mp4 files and their derivatives. It uses Atomic Parsley on the back-end for tag writing. Tags can be imported automatically from Amazon.com or typed/dragged in by the user. Cover art tags can be retrieved from Amazon.com, Yahoo!, or from the movie frames themselves. Share your tag data with friends using the new archive export feature.
What's New
Version 2.4.6:
  • Fixed compatibility with HandBrake 0.9.3
  • Progress indicator for searches
  • Preference/prompt for video kind --> more accurate tagChimp results
  • Minor stability enhancements
  • Announcing MetaX for Windows!
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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MetaX User Discussion (Write a Review)
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MONIROM reviewed on 09 Feb 2013
I'm confused as to why there are so many negative reviews for MetaX. Ive been using it for the last two years running v2.4.6 on Snow Leopard, Leopard and Mountain Lion (OSX 5.8, 5.9, 5.10).

And MetaX (even now) has been flawless in converting and tagging my movies for the Apple TV (v1, then 2 and now 3). Im converting m4v files generated by Handbrake.

Yes, MetaX is not good for converting large batches of movie files but, it youre patient and do them in batches of 5-8 at the time its very reliable.

Read all the tutorials, work within the constraints of the software and you should be fine.
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MONIROM replied on 09 Feb 2013
ALSO, its important to understand that for a free app the value of this application is unbeatable.
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SB27 reviewed on 08 Sep 2012
MetaX Is the biggest pile of fucking shit.
Hours and hours over the past 2 months wasted.
It either fucked up my audio in 9 out of 10 movies and fucked up the picture in 4 out of 10.
So fucking unreliable.

Going to try out iFlicks.

Outraged.
[Version 2.4.6]

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Paulsvail replied on 20 Sep 2013
Did you make backups prior to using the software? I don't even trust Apple's software without a decent backup. Remember that iTunes update that helpfully deleted your library? iOS updates have done the same. Seriously -- this software may be flawed (I use Subler so I don't know), but backups and appropriate result testing before massive deployment is SOP for any intelligent computer owner.
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Monkeyjunkey commented on 26 Dec 2011
How awesome would it be if metax was able to tag mkv files? Imo, mkv is the future but currently there's no proper metadata editor on the mac.
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Zepha reviewed on 15 Nov 2011
I have just moved from 20 years on a PC. On the PC I was using Handbrake and Metax, and loved both programs.

I have installed Metax 2.4.6 on my new iMac with Lion 10.7.2, and it worked flawlessly, including adding the file straight to iTunes.

It would appear from previous comment Metax is no longer being developed on osx, but the latest version works just fine.
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Zignice reviewed on 31 Dec 2010
Great app once you ensure the settings match Handbrake.
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Zignice reviewed on 28 Dec 2010
Loaded file, nothing happens.
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Bdkennedy1 commented on 26 Nov 2010
MetaX has been discontinued. The project has been taken over by new developers and is now called MetaZ. It's cleaner and faster.

http://griff.github.com/metaz/
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Stenchfinger reviewed on 03 Nov 2010
I am hoping that this review helps another user avoid the CRAP that is this application. I have been using it for a couple of days now, and it will randomly destroy a file that it tags, resulting in a blank, black screen for the entire MP4. I thought I was having issues with my drive or the method of import, but a quick check here and I've seen that I'm not alone.

DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE. It will only result in heartache!

If it was TOTALLY broken and just didn't work that would actually be better, since you wouldn't start loading up the queue with your ripped movies to tag, only to have it erase about 25% of them when it's done.

So - anyone have a similar program that they use that is SAFE? Got plenty of time to do some research while I'm re-ripping DVDs that MetaX destroyed.
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Stenchfinger replied on 04 Nov 2010
It appears that there is a new development of this package called "MetaZ" that isn't listed on MacUpdate. Apparently someone is trying to keep this software alive, but since the new build isn't listed here, I can't find any objective feedback regarding it. There is also "iDentify" that looks like it has a similar functionality.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Even if I do opt to just edit tags through iTunes itself, there are certain tags that aren't accessible so if you want to fiddle with them, you are out of luck unless you use another program to edit the tags.

Thanks in advance.
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Bdkennedy1 replied on 26 Nov 2010
You have to enable 64-bit large file support in Preferences.
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Johnwilkie commented on 29 Aug 2010
Just lost 21 movies after tagging them in MetaX. I am not happy.
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Shmk reviewed on 07 Apr 2010
Tagged a couple of movies with it and now they no longer work and need to be re-ripped. Terrible
[Version 2.4.6]

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Hotfusion commented on 08 Jun 2010
You were probably posting 32bit tags to 64bit movies.

While any size movie can in fact be 64bit, the surest sign yours is if the movie files itself is over 4GB in size (because it would have to be 64bit to play, period.)

What's most probably happened is that you were tagging 64bit movies without turning MetaX's 64bit support on in the preferences.

However, if that is what has occurred, you are correct in that you will need to re-rip the movies, however it is not *strictly* MetaX's fault (as it does support 64bit tags, you just have to manually enable them.)

Myself...I encode all movies as 64bit just to avoid the headache of having to remember to do it for the ones that are *likely* to be too large for 32bit tags (again, that would be movies 4GB in size and above).
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hauntedtapedeck had trouble on 19 Nov 2007
On a few occasions, if I edit the metadata in iTunes of a file previously edited in MetaX, it renders it unplayable.
[Version 2.2.8]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 19 Nov 2007
You should contact the developer so that this issue might be addressed:

http://www.kerstetter.net/page0/page0.php
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MRMACINTOSH replied on 14 Jan 2009
MAJOR BUG ALERT!

Once you use this program to modify your metadata, you can ONLY use this program to modify your metadata.

I used MetaX to add metadata to about 200+ of my ripped/converted DVDs. Now, if I don't like the DVD cover and want to use a different one, I have to use MetaX. If I just do a "get info" in iTunes and change things that way, iTunes will DESTROY the file and make it unplayable. iTunes ONLY does this with files modified with MetaX.

MetaX takes an incredibly long time (nearly as long as actually encoding MP4 files).

I now just modify my metadata within iTunes. It is WAY faster, easier, and modifiable if you need to make a quick change. Just use Google Images to find the DVD cover, and IMDB for the descriptions and other info.

The only downside to this is if you, say, give a copy of the .MP4 to a buddy, it will not include this metadata since iTunes keeps it seperate from the file. MetaX actually modifies the files.

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Ptc rated on 25 May 2013

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KeNgoaiDao rated on 14 Mar 2012

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Monkeyjunkey rated on 26 Dec 2011

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Pmdf rated on 23 Mar 2011

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Simplymac rated on 11 Dec 2010

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Editor's Note: MetaX is no longer being developed, nor does the developer seem to be providing any form of support. MetaX's successor, MetaZ, is available here.

MetaX is a free meta-data tagging application for mp4 files and their derivatives. It uses Atomic Parsley on the back-end for tag writing. Tags can be imported automatically from Amazon.com or typed/dragged in by the user. Cover art tags can be retrieved from Amazon.com, Yahoo!, or from the movie frames themselves. Share your tag data with friends using the new archive export feature.


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