Zune 3.0 Software – Tagging MP4 videos / Sorting Videos into Proper Categories

   Posted November 5, 2008 by Jimmy Selix in Zune

If your a Zune owner or just a Zune software users (like myself), the new 3.0 updated added a few nice additional features including larger sub-categories for Video ( tv, music, movies, other ) and more metadata options (genre, year, description, etc).

However, one thing that most people are not aware of is the fact that the Zune software is one of the few that can actually embed the metadata info into the mp4 file itself. So the genre info, year, title, and other metadata will be embedded into the file itself. This recipe will explain how to edit metadata and in turn get movies in the movies area and music videos in that area, etc.

Software Requirements:

Zune Software v3.0

MP4 Videos


1. Open Zune 3.0 software player

2. Go to Collection > Videos

Most likely, if you go to movies or tv or music, nothing will show up. Go to the other tab.

3. Right-click on the movie file, choose the Edit option.

This area will allow us to edit/update the metadata for the movie. Including the Year, Genre, Title, Description, and Category.

Category = the category in the zune software (and iTunes too).

4. Once your done, click OK.

The Zune software will reflect the change instantly by showing you nothing in the other area; go to the movies and you should see your movies and hopefully w/the metadata we entered. I’d keep the zune software running at this point, just minimize it.

5. After updating the title, year, genre, category, etc; your pc will seem like its slowing down a little. Don’t worry, what is happening now is that the mp4 file container is being updated and in turn the file is being temp copied while the containers updated (you’ll see a file similar to mp410E.tmp in the folder of the mp4 file its updating).

Once this is all done (prob a few hours if you have a lot of movies, 50+; you can tell by checking for that file or by if your harddrive is active or not), you should hopefully an mp4 w/updated metadata and thus never have to re-tag again. :)


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Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.
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  • Confi

    hey do you own a zune or just the software for it and if not which do you own as I am planning on buying the zune probaly rather than the ipod. 8gs maybe in thanksgiving.

    If you DO own it, is the sound like ipod’s. i heard that its basically the same, cos i am a big audio freak. I tested my friend’s 1st gen ipod and the audio was the best ive heard I own a Sansa 4g’s . also i found out this site, ,, i havent been online for a year and since ive been wanting to get some patchfor IE6 so i can use 7. but with the same features andlayout of IE6 more or less because some website wont let me do things normally unless i got IE6, any bypass would work .

    thank you cheers

  • Subandi

    Too good to be lose, thanks God!!!

  • Teggy

    I really need some help on my zune! Could you please leave some websites that have free zune downloads that work?

  • Cody

    How can I add an image to the video data. I want to be able to have the dvd cover art show up as the image, not the video. Please help thanks Cody.