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What is it?

Magic Media Marker's main purpose is to process video files and make them pretty in iTunes and on your Apple Devices. Feed Magic Media Marker a video file and it will automatically determine if the file is a TV Show or a Movie by it's file name and download the appropriate metadata and artwork for you. Magic Media Marker is designed to be a “set it and forget it” kind of App needing no user interaction.



User Guide


General Preferences for Magic Media Marker

General Preferences:

Start Magic Media Marker at login.

This option will cause Magic Media Marker to start every time you log in to your computer.

Clear out watched TV Shows with no rating in iTunes.

This option will make Magic Media Marker look for TV Shows that have been watched, but not given a rating, and remove them from your iTunes library. The referenced files will be moved to the trash, but the trash will not be emptied. This allows you to have some TV Shows automatically be removed, while other can be kept by having a rating applied to them.

Show Progress in Menu Bar.

If this option is checked, and time Magic Media Marker is processing a video file it will replace the marker icon in the menu bar with progress information. Uncheck this if menu bar space is limited.

Change color of Menu Bar to red when no metadata is found.

If this option is checked, the marker icon in the menu bar will change from black to red if metadata for the video file couldn’t be found. The log tab can be checked for additional information.

Ignore Video Files Less Than...

You can set a file size limit here and MMM will ignore and video files with a size under your specified limit. This can be useful if your movie files come with a small sample video for quality display purposes.

Watched Folder

Chose, and turn on a watched folder here. When activated, the watched folder will be scanned and it’s contents will be ignored. Any new video files added to the folder after that point will be picked up and processed automatically. It is not advised to select your entire iTunes Library for your watched folder.

Add Videos to iTunes and Delete Original files:

Select whether or not to automatically add your videos to iTunes. You can also choose to delete the original file if you allow iTunes to copy video files to your iTunes Library.


File Conversion Prefs for Magic Media Marker

Converting Preferences:

Convert Video Files?

If your videos don’t need conversion uncheck this.

Assume .mov .mp4 and .m4v files don’t need conversion

If you have some videos that are ready to watch and others that need conversion you can check this box and Magic Media Marker will skip video conversion on videos if they have a .mov, .mp4 or .m4v file extension.

Move original files to trash when done.

This only effects files that are converted. After conversion the original file will be moved to the trash.

Encode Settings:

Choose Between 540p, 720p, and 1080p encoding (down sampling when necessary) with both a 5.1 and a 2.0 soundtrack (when a 5.1 track is available). The "Speed Up Conversions" setting will lower file compression, video quality won't suffer much, but your video file will be larger. The custom box is available when linking with HandBrakCLI, input the command line string you would use with HandBrakeCLI leaving out the -i {input} -o {output} flags.

Save Folders

A folder can be specified for the output file when doing video conversions. The “X” button will reset the location to “Same as Original”. The same as original setting is not recommended if you are using a watched folder, because the new file will re-trigger the watched folder.



TV Show Database for Magic Media Marker

TV Show Database:

The local TV Show database only holds very basic show information. This is designed to keep Artwork for TV Shows so it does not have to be re-downloaded every time a new episode is processed.

If you find you don’t like the artwork that has been automatically chosen, you can drag and drop new artwork to this window.

If you find Magic Media Marker has accidentally chosen the wrong TV Show (Perhaps it grabbed the original Battlestar Galactica when you wanted the new one) you can look up the proper show ID from thetvdb.com and update that here. Now future episodes will be tagged with episode information from the correct series.

You can also give a series a rating from 1 to 5 stars. This is handy if there are some shows you’d like to keep, and others that you might want to have automatically removed once they have been watched.

Hit the “Save Edits” button and the next time a TV Show is processed it will use this new data when looking up information for the next episode.

Tips & FAQs:

What kinds of Metadata does Magic Media Marker support:
Right now Movies will receive Artwork, Title, Synopsis, Genre, and User Rating, Content Rating, and Cast and Crew information. TV Shows receive Artwork, Season Number, Episode Number, Episode Title, Synopsis, and Optional User Rating.

What Video formats does Magic Media Marker support:
For metadata tagging .m4v and .mp4 files are supported. For non-m4v videos Magic Media Marker will also convert .avi, .wmv, .mkv, & .mpg videos so they can be tagged with metadata and play on iPods, iPhones, iPads, and AppleTVs.

Naming Convention:
Magic Media Marker analyses a video’s file name to extract the data it needs to properly look up the required information for that video. Magic Media Marker currently expects the video’s name to follow a certain naming convention. If you find a popular naming convention that is not supported please drop us a line and we’ll do out best to support it.

For Movies:

A Movie Name.mp4
A Movie Name 2011.mp4 (Adding a release year will help for movies that have remakes or sequels)
A.Movie.Name.2011.mp4

For TV Shows:

TV Show Name S01E01.mp4
TV Show Name 1x01.mp4
TV.Show.Name.S01E01.mp4
TV.Show.Name.1x01.mp4
Daily.TV.Show.2012.04.23.mp4