Another question from Wayne.
OK, currently, my workflow for a new movie or TV show is this: I convert into a mp4 h.264 file. This is for iTunes, basically. I then add metadata using Lostify or MetaX, because they only add metadata to mp4s and no other format. Now that’s all nice and handy, but occasionally I want to add chapters. There are two programs that I know of that add chapters easily. Metadata Hootenanny or Movie Chapterizer. Whenever you use these programs, though, it changes the extension of the file to .mov. So, that’s it for adding metadata afterward, can’t do it. Also by the process of encoding the file it will destroy any chapters you may have put in!
So, the big question I guess is this the best workflow for converting media for iTunes, and thus easy distribution throughout preâ€“mentioned family network?
Here’s an example.
Dr. Who episodes basically come in 4 parts, either by DVD or .avi by other means. OK, using QT Pro copy/paste, I can combine all four episodes into one. Next, I re-encode the one file into h.264. That will give me the .mp4 that I need to add the metadata. (TV Show, Episode Numbers, ratings, all that.) Once all that is done, I want to go back into the mp4 and create chapter markers at the beginning of each episode. Now whether I do that by hand in QuickTime and a text file, or by Movie Chapterizer or MH, it turns it back into a .mov file. OK for iTunes, I guess, but not if you want to keep it a mp4 or m4v.
So, suggestions? Better ways of doing things? Any advice would be good.
Basically – I don’t have one! I don’t use iTunes at all for any content other than some videos that I shoot of Moreno, in which case I just use QuickTime to convert them for iPod and that’s it.
So this one is very much up to you guys to help Wayne out.