Windows 7 Media Center and iTunes: How to automatically convert and import recorded TV Shows into iTunes and stream to iTV / other iTunes

   Posted September 11, 2010 by Jimmy Selix in Entertainment

This recipe is a much more advanced one.  We will outline how to take your recorded TV shows from Windows 7 Media Center (.wtv files), convert them to an iTunes compatible MP4, re-tag the IDTAGS for iTunes and then have iTunes import the shows automatically.  This recipe requires intermediate command line knowledge and 2 free utilities.  In the end, we should have a solution that will let us convert our tv we record in Win7 MCE and then watch it on our iPod/iPad/iPhone AND stream it via iTunes to iTV 🙂

Required Software:

-Windows 7 Home / Ultimate / Professional Edition (retail) these versions contain Media Center
TV Tuner (to record tv in media center)
iTunes (free)
AtomicParsley (freeware)  this app will let us modify metadata
MCEBuddy (freeware) this app runs as a service to convert our wtv to mp4
My Batch File (TV2iTunes Batch File) this will pull all the pieces together, calls our apps and moves our files.

Prepping/Introduction:

This recipe will assume that you have already setup your Windows 7 computer to record TV.  This requires you to have a QAM/HD/Analog TV Tuner.  Intermediate command line / batch file knowledge will also make things easier however I will try to explain as best as I can for beginners.

Video Tutorial:

Guide:

1. Download and install MCEBuddy.  After it opens, be sure to configure it so your using the iPhone/iTouch profile and remember where you are saving the mp4 files too.

You can also choose more advanced options for when encoding will take place; lets set our conversion time between 1am to 7am and convert items older than 7 days and also remove commercials.

2. Download AtomicParsley from the Soundforge link.  Extract the .exe file from the ZIP file and save it to a folder called “Atomic” on your C: drive  (ie C:\Atomic\Atomicparsley.exe)

We only need the .exe file; running the file by itself will not do anything since its designed to be called from the command line.

3. Download and extract the TV2iTunes batch file I’ve written into the same C:\Atomic folder  (ie C:\Atomic\TV2iTunes.bat)

4. We will need to edit this file to work on your system.  I have setup the batch file to use SET parameters in which we will modify.

Right-Click on the AutoTV2iTunes.bat and choose Edit or Open With > Notepad.

go down to the @REM folder locations section, you will see these 5 lines to your setup:

SET mcebuddydir=C:\Users\Public\Videos
SET tvdir=C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV
SET itunesAuto=C:\Users\Userid\My Music\iTunes\Automatically Add to iTunes
SET itunesTV=C:\Users\Userid\My Music\iTunes\TV Shows
SET tokenNo=5-12

mcebuddydir = this is the location where MCE Buddy will save converted files to, i use my C:\Users\Public\Videos folder

tvdir = this is the location where you save your recorded tv to in MCE (default is C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV), you can leave this alone unless you have changed this location in MCE

itunesAuto = this is the location where your iTunes “Automatically Add to Itunes” folder is located, by default in Windows 7 its: C:\Users\Userid\My Music\iTunes\Automatically Add to iTunes  (example setting would be:  SET itunesAuto=C:\Users\John\My Music\iTunes\Automatically Add to iTunes )

itunesTV = this is the location where iTunes will save your TV Shows to when they are imported (using above example would be,  SET itunesTV=C:\Users\John\My Music\iTunes\TV Shows )

tokenNo =  this s probably the trickiest part; making sure the tokens match up with your mcebuddydir path.  We”ll quickly explain.

In our example, we have MCEBuddy saving converted files to C:\Users\Public\Videos

My batch file uses the following symbols:  _\  to parse data from the full path of the mp4 file, as an example: C:\Users\Public\Vidoes\Family Guy_WFTCDT_2010_08_18_23_55_00.mp4

using the _\ as parsing brackets, we will count the dir to be the 5th in and using my table below, the tokenNo=5-12

Another example, I encode my files to a folder D:\Test and my files full path is D:\Test\Family Guy_WFTCDT_2010_08_18_23_55_00.mp4 the dir would be the 3rd, so tokenNo=3-10

dir – tokens
6   – tokenNo=6-13
5   – tokenNo=5-12
4   – tokenNo=4-11
3   – tokenNo=3-10
2   – tokenNo=2-9

Once you’ve modified that last SET variable, we are done with editing the .bat file.

Finally, we will want to create a folder called “covers” in the C:\Atomic folder (ie C:\Atomic\Covers\).  In here, we will put our Cover Art / Artwork for our TV Shows (the thumbnails we will see in iTunes).  The main thing we need to do is name the .jpg file just like the Title name shows in the .wtv file we recorded.  I use google images to find cover art; you can create .jpg files for each of your shows you record; if you do not have a jpg in the folder, a generic screenshot from the video file will be used.  Here’s an example of naming your jpgs:

“The Simpsons_WFTC_2010_08_25_22_00_00.mp4”
Cover art file name we will want to use is: “The Simpsons.jpg”

Another example, “Married … With Children_WFTC_2010_09_02_02_00_00.mp4”
cover art file name we will use: “Married … With Children.jpg”

HINT: I always recommend testing on a sample directory and files before unleashing it.  For testing purposes, be sure to turn add a PAUSE at the very end of the file to let you look at the batch file once it runs to see if variables parse properly and to see any errors. You may see an error about AtomicParsley but this is caused by the –overWrite tag and does not affect the process. Once you have confirmed the batch file works as you had planned.

5. We will lastly setup a Windows Scheduled Task to run the batch file each night after our conversions with MCEBuddy are done.  In our example, we have MCEBuddy run between 1am and 7am, so ideally we would want the batch file to run around 7:15am or 7:30am.

To setup a Scheduled Task in Windows 7, do the following:

Go to Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Task Scheduler

On the Right Action Pane, choose “Create Task…”

A new Create Task window will pop-up.

Give it a name such as “Run TV2iTunes  Batch”

Check the “Run whether user is logged on or not” option

Next, click on the Triggers tab.

Click on the “New…” button and a New Trigger window will pop-up.  We will want to set it to run Daily at 7:15:00AM and have it run each day, Recur every 1 days.  I also would check the “Stop task it runs longer than: 30 Minutes” and also be sure to click the Enabled at the bottom.

Next, click on the Action tab.

Choose the Action: Start a program and then click on the Browse button.

We will browse to the C:\Atomic folder and choose the TV2iTunes.bat and hit Open.  Once you click on OK, it will bring up a Login window, just enter in your password and hit OK.

Finally, click on the Settings tab.

We will want to make sure we check the “Allow task to be run on demand”, “Stop the task if it runs longer than: 1 hour”, and also check the “If running task does not end when requested, force it to stop” and then click on OK.

That should complete the setup of our automated conversion of our recorded WTV files to mp4 and then importing of mp4 into iTunes library.  These TV Shows WILL SHOW UP UNDER YOUR TV Shows section in iTunes; the main purpose of AtomicParsley is to added a “Media Kind” metatag to the file to mark it as a “TV Show” and in turn when iTunes auto imports it, it knows what to file it as in your iTunes library!!

7. Open iTunes, once you do this, this will process the files we moved to the auto folder.  After a few seconds, the TV Shows should show up in the appropriate area in your iTunes library.  You can now setup your iPod/iPhone/iPad to sync the last 10 or all tv shows and have it autosync each day after our processes run.

If you have Home Sharing setup, you can easily now stream those TV shows to other iTunes libraries or even your iTV device!  Just be sure to login to your iTunes account on the other pcs/laptops/macs/iTV and enable Home sharing.

If you made it here, hopefully you have a working automated solution to get your TV to your iPod/iPhone/iPad and iTunes. 🙂

NOTES:

–TEST, TEST, TEST!  Always run in a temporary or test folder structure.

–This will work with all Windows 7 32bit or 64bit versions that have Media Center.

–Drop any questions you may have in the Comments section and I’ll try to reply as quickly as possible!

–I’ve noticed on rare occasions Audio / Video sync errors with the mp4s MCEBuddy creates. it seems to be caused by having two instances of MCEBuddy running.

–Also, you can add filetypes or even show names into MCEBuddy under the “File Selection” box.  just be sure to use a * for wild card and use a comma to separate entries

–iTunes has to either be open or opened to process files in the “Automatically Add to iTunes”, once its opened it will process the TV Shows and parse them appropriately and also sort them.

–MCEBuddy does have a log and does know which files its already converted so you can avoid any duplicates hopefully.

lastly, mad props to both the creators/community behind MCEBuddy and AtomicParsley!

version history on batch file
-9/10/2010 – corrected issues w/tv shows with periods in file name; no longer uses . as delimiter. reuploaded zip.

 

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  • NOTE! i am working on resolving issues w/show names that contain periods. i’ll be sure to post updated an updated batch file once i have it resolved. any show that does not contain a period in the show will work perfectly (the show i had problems with was: Married …. With Children_2010_09_07_22_10_00.mp4)

    • updated batch file to resolve issue and reuploaded. 🙂

  • Oli

    Hi.. this is great, however I cannot get it to work ? What am I doing wrong ? this is my output from CMD.

    C:Atomic>SET mcebuddydir=C:Test

    C:Atomic>SET tvdir=C:UsersPublicRecorded TV

    C:Atomic>SET itunesAuto=C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesAutomatically Add to iTune
    s

    C:Atomic>SET itunesTV=C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesTV Shows

    C:Atomic>SET tokenNo=5-12

    C:Atomic>echo Running…:
    Running…:

    C:Atomic>for /F “tokens=5-12 delims=_” %a in (‘dir /s/b “C:Test*.mp4″‘) do i
    f NOT EXIST “C:UsersPublicRecorded TV%a_%b_%c_%d_%e_%f_%g_%h.logo.txt” (Atom
    icParsley.exe “C:Test%a_%b_%c_%d_%e_%f_%g_%h” –TVShowName “%a” –genre “TV Sh
    ows” –stik “TV Show” –TVNetwork %b –year %c –artwork “covers%a.jpg” –overW
    rite )
    File Not Found

    C:Atomic>for /F “tokens=5-12 delims=_” %a in (‘dir /s/b “C:Test*.mp4″‘) do i
    f NOT EXIST “C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesTV Shows%a%a_%c-%d-%e-%f%g.mp4” (cop
    y “C:Test%a_%b_%c_%d_%e_%f_%g_%h” “C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesAutomatically
    Add to iTunes%a_%c-%d-%e-%f%g.mp4” )
    File Not Found

    C:Atomic>REM for /f “tokens=5-12 delims=_” %a in (‘dir /s/b “C:Test*.mp4″‘)
    do if EXIST “C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesTV Shows%a%a_%c-%d-%e-%f%g.mp4” (dat
    e /t >> “C:Testjimbatch.log”)

    C:Atomic>REM for /f “tokens=5-12 delims=_” %a in (‘dir /s/b “C:Test*.mp4″‘)
    do if EXIST “C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesTV Shows%a%a_%c-%d-%e-%f%g.mp4” (ech
    o “%a_%b_%c_%d_%e_%f_%g_%h” >> C:Testjimbatch.log)

    C:Atomic>REM for /f “tokens=5-12 delims=_” %a in (‘dir /s/b “C:Test*.mp4″‘)
    do if EXIST “C:UsersPublicMusiciTunesTV Shows%a%a_%c-%d-%e-%f%g.mp4” (del
    /Q “C:Test%a_%b_%c_%d_%e_%f_%g_%h”)

    C:Atomic>PAUSE
    Press any key to continue . . .

    • Hi Oli
      hmm, do the SET variables match your setup? my batch file was a generic test environment i setup.

      Windows7 MCE usually records tv to C:UsersPublicRecorded TV
      Where do you have MCEBuddy converting your TV to MP4 files to? in the file right now it set to t a C:Test folder.

      On a side note:

      i found recently that if i didn’t have a .jpg file for the tv show i was converting, the batch file would fail out and not fully process.

      i recorded extreme makeover: home edition but and had my jpg named “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition.jpg” while the actual file name used was Extreme Makeover- Home Edition_ABC_20101002.mp4

      this not matching up forced atomicparsley to freeze and in turn fail the batch file. you could try doing it w/the tv cover flag: –artwork “covers%a.jpg”

  • thebern

    seamonkey420 – I literally can’t thank you enough for this post. Just got my new Apple TV but wanted to continue to recording with W7MC. Short of spending a lot of time manually converting everything though, I wasn’t sure how to get my recorded content into iTunes. This was the answer as I just did some testing and this works flawlessly. Brilliant brilliant brilliant. Thanks!

    • thebern – your welcome! glad you found it as useful as i did.

      once i got it all working i was like WHOA! i gotta share this!

      if you have any problems w/it running as a scheduled job; be sure to have proper albumart named or remove that from the main metadata tagging part w/atomicparsely (above reply to Oli)

      again, thanks for visiting and we’re glad we could help!

      • frog

        As others have stated, this is awesome. One thing that you may want to point out is that in iTunes the path to the Automatically Add to iTunes and TV Shows folders have actually by under iTunes Media which is underneath the Music directory rather than located in the Music directory. Also, though their is a readme file included when you download AtomicParsley, it would be nice if you included the command to read the tags that are on the mpf file. It helped me during testing…

        AtomicParsley /path/your.m4a -t

        Thanks again!

        • frog

          I am going to repost this since for some reason I really fat-fingered my first reply.

          As others have stated, this is awesome. One thing that you may want to point out is that in iTunes the path to the “Automatically Add to iTunes” and “TV Shows” folders may actually reside under “iTunes Media” which is underneath the” Music” directory rather than located in the “Music” directory. Also, though there is a readme file included when you download AtomicParsley, it would be nice if you included the command to read the tags that are on the mp4 file. It helped me during testing…

          AtomicParsley /path/your.mp4 -t

          Thanks again!

  • This method will end up with an ever-growing directory of transcoded TV Shows. What I’ve been trying to do for years, unsuccessfully, is to maintain a synchronized directory of wtv and mp4 files. If I watch and then delete a show from media center, it should also be deleted from the mp4 directory. At any point in time, I’d like my media center and iPod to have the same shows on them.
    Any thoughts on how to achieve that?

    • i am still trying to work on this. i am thinking it could be possible to have the batch file each time read the iTune’s “TV Shows” folder for any mp4s that match the wtv files in your “Recorded TV” folder and if they do not exist, delete.

      the only downfall is that it could delete unwatched shows or unconverted shows. i’ll post back after i do some playing.

      • Thanks! I think the conflicts would be best handled if you treat the wtv Reocorded TV folder as the master, and sync everything to that. I agree that handling the issues with shows that fail to convert, are watched on a mobile device but my wife still wants to watch at home, etc would complicate things unnecessarily.

        • i’d agree on making the WTV folder the master. i believe i have a way to get this to work and also take into account any mp4s that were converted by mcebuddy the same day too. i’ll test when i get home today and post back what i find. 🙂

          • Any luck syncing deletes from Recorded TV to the converted directory?

          • i think i have something that will work. i will do my final testing today and then update this article w/the version (i will keep the current batch file intact and add the sycning one towards the bottom).

            i’ll drop you a note w/the link, thanks!

          • well, i found a great way to do this, however iTunes on Windows has 40 character limit in file names and folder path. So if a tv show such as Primetime : What Would You do is encoded, iTunes will in turn it renames the .mp4 files to a truncated one and not the full tvshow_year_month_date_hour_minute.mp4 which i was using as a test variable to then compare/parse with the windows 7 mce file (same but .wtv)

            So at this point it only works on tv shows w/shorter names like Simpsons, Family Guy, Friends, etc. I can post the code if you want to play with it. i did have to redo my renaming of file to same format as original wtv to make parsing easier. 🙂

          • Intrigued as to how you did that then, must be using iTunes somewhat. I was thinking that you could do something very similar to the delete at the bottom of the batch file. Compare the two file locations and delete the mp4 if there is no matching wtv found.

          • yup, sure did. here’s the code.

            for /f “tokens=%tokenNo% delims=_.” %%a in (‘dir /s/b “%itunestv%*.mp4″‘) do if NOT EXIST “%tvdir%%%a_%%b_%%c_%%d_%%e_%%f_%%g_%%h.wtv” (echo “%%a_%%b_%%c_%%d_%%e_%%f_%%g_%%h” >> listtodel.txt)

            this will only echo the filenames to a test file since i was just initially testing. however, you will need to modify the the copying part to reflect the full name copying to automatically add to itunes folder (ie see below)

            for /f “tokens=%tokenNo% delims=_” %%a in (‘dir /s/b “%mcebuddydir%*.mp4″‘) do if NOT EXIST “%itunesTV%%%a%%a_%%b_%%c_%%d_%%e_%%f_%%g_%%h” (copy “%mcebuddydir%%%a_%%b_%%c_%%d_%%e_%%f_%%g_%%h” “%itunesAuto%%%a_%%b_%%c_%%d_%%e_%%f_%%g_%%h”)

            hope that helps! i am going to try turning off the copying into itunes option to see if that resolves renaming probs i have w/longer show names.

  • Mlkonens

    What is it referring to when the TV2iTunes window states- ‘atomicparsley.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file?? It transfers the file to iTunes and changes the name slightly but puts it in movies not TV shows and does not add art work? Help please!

    • do you have atomicparsley.exe in the same directory as the TV2iTunes.bat file? this has to be in the same area. Also, do you have the properly named album/series artwork in the “Covers” folder in that same folder?

      let me know, thanks

  • Andrey

    Excellent writeup! One problem I’m running into though – atomicparsely.exe has stopped working. This usually happens on the 2nd chunk of code from the batch file. The file gets placed in the proper iTunes folder, but doesn’t have any metadata to go along with it. Any suggestions?

    • hi therei believe its related to the album art. i found recently that if i didn’t have a .jpg file for the tv show i was converting, the batch file would fail out and not fully process.i recorded extreme makeover: home edition but and had my jpg named “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition.jpg” while the actual file name used was Extreme Makeover- Home Edition_ABC_20101002.mp4 this not matching up forced atomicparsley to freeze and in turn fail the batch file. you could try doing it without the tv cover flag: –artwork “covers%a.jpg”

      • Andrey

        Thanks for the quick response! Although I spent a few hours last night wrapping my head around what was going on in the batch file, and ended up coming to the same conclusion; the cover art was making it fail. All is working great now, just ordered a quad-core cpu for my media center machine to speed up those conversions. Also, do you have any idea if it’s possible to somehow get the name of the episode from media center?

        • not a problem! as for the episode name, at the moment i do not see any way to do this without the use of another Command Line type app.

          i am going to work on this batch file a bit more tonight and see if i can figure out a way to get the actual episode name from the wtv file. i’ll post back once i do some checking tonight.

  • Andre

    Hi

    perfect, thanks a lot for this tutorial, you saved my life 🙂

    two problems: I have a german installation, so folders (iTunes Autoadd) and file names can contain “umlauts”, i.e. ö, ü, ä, etc.

    It looks like atomic has problems with this.
    When the filename contains umlauts, I get an errot that it can’t open the files and it shows some wired characters instead of the umlauts,

    secondly, as the iTunes Autoadd folder contains umlauts as well, even if the files do not caontain them, i just get a “running” for a millisecond, then the script stops, no further message given.

    Any idea?

    thanks

  • Peter

    This is just what I was looking for! It works perfectly, except for the extra long show names, as you mentioned.

    The problem that I am having is with “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, which get saved as “CSI- Crime Scene Investigation” and then, because the file name is so long iTunes renames all episodes without the date, ultimately causing the batch file to re-import the same file over and over.

    Perhaps the code could check for specific file names and rename them as something shorter? Something along the lines of [IF %%a = “CSI- Crime Scene Investigation” THEN %%a = “CSI”]? I’m 15 years out of practice working with batch files; would anyone be able to help?

    • actually, i’ve been looking into this more lately. I think what we could possibly do is to have a batch file that could possibly calculate the number of characters in the file name and then if over a certain limit; rename to the 8th character. We could then have it setup a temp variable to then pass onto atomicparsley so that the folder art would be properly added and the metadata tagged.

      i’d prob have to mess around with this to get it working. i’ll see what i can do this week 🙂

  • Maarten

    For some reason AtomicParsley crashed on my w7 64-bit machine. Stripped the cover art stuff from the batchfile and things work.

    All the better now we have wireless sync in iOS5 of course: TV shows get delivered on my iPhone while i sleep

  • Quicksilver

    A question about the bat file. I set mcebuddy to delete the recorded files. Is there a way to remove that check from the bat?

  • cklb89

    This is brilliant, exactly what I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to do for a very long time. I’m having trouble with the cover art, as not all programs I record are series, so a one-off program that’s recorded and doesn’t have cover art causes problems. I see that others have had problems with this, but I haven’t been able to remove the reference to it in the batch file. Any help very much appreciated.

  • Jimmy Selix

    re:cklb89

    yes, you can remove the references to the folder/cover art. You can do this by:
    editing the .bat file
    in the first for loop, look for this tag: –artwork “covers\%%a.jpg”

    remove that from the line and it should no longer try to embed poster/cover art. i had that same problem, i may look to update this batch file with more logic for checking for a jpg cover file and if not found, automatically not run that parameter. i moved to directv and in turn can’t use my cablecard tuner and pc for tv dvring however i’ll take another look at this and try to add some logic. i’ve upped my batch file skills even more in the last year or so. 🙂

  • Chris

    This is absolutely brilliant! Has anyone had any joy with editing the script to include episode names? I’m trying at the moment, will let you know how I get on.

    • Dave Nunnally

      Chris,

      Check out my 4/27/2012 posting. My perl program does what you are asking for. It might be possible to modify the batch program to do the same thing, although perl is more straight forward and flexible when working with strings. To answer your question, iTunes will display the TV Episode (also called the subtitle in the original wtv file) correctly if you:

      1)Set the AtomicParsley TVTitle and TVEpisode to the name of your TV Episode (i.e. –TVTitle “put your TV
      Episode here” –TVEpisode “put your TV Episode here”)
      2)Save the file to the iTunes auto load folder with the the same file name as the TV Episode (don’t use the criptic wtv file name).

      By the way, there is a free program called “DumpWTVMetadata.exe” which can be used to extract the wtv Subtitle (or other metadata)

      iTunes will save your TV Episode in a folder with the name of the TV Show and a name “the same” as your TV Episode. (i.e. “The Big Bang Theory” is the TV Show; “The Stag Convergence” is a TV Episode from Season 5) Funny things happen if the TV Episode is not a valid DOS filename or is longer than 36 characters. iTunes replaces all illegal characters with _ and truncates your TVEpisode name to 36 characters for the name of the file. It does not change the –TVTitle attribute (the “name column in iTunes”), so everything will appear correctly in iTunes. My Perl script handles all of this. Summary:
      AtomicParsley –TVTitle and –TVEpisode attributes= TVEpisode Name (wtv Subtitle)
      File name used for the iTunes auto load folder =TVEpisode Name (possibly modified by iTunes)
      file location in iTunes: ..\iTunes\iTunes Media\TV Shows\\

      Sometimes, and I do not understand why, MCEBuddy will load the Season Number and TVEpisode Number into the new mp4 file. That is actually good, as things display even better in iTunes. As an added benefit, the show gets stored by iTunes in:
      ..\iTunes\iTunes Media\TV Shows\\\
      and the added information shows up in iTunes.

      Sometimes the original wtv file does not have a subtitle. You have to make your own. I use Perl to stip off the criptic characters at the end of the original wtv file name: “The Big Bang Theory_KIRODT_2012_04_26_20_00_00.wtv” would get a subtitle of “KIRODT_2012_04_26_20_00_00” if it did not have a subtitle. Anyone know how to recreate missing subtitles?

      I have Apple TV ($99), and the TV shows appear exactly as you would want. I also move the descriptions over from the original wtv files, which makes manually sorting through the shows much easier. The newest version of MCEBuddy also does a great job of moving the artwork over, so everything looks like you had pruchased it from the iTunes store. But we get it free from Windows Media Center.

      My focus now is managing disc space in a automatic or semiautomatic way.

      Dave Nunnally

  • Dave Nunnally

    I have a similar script written in Perl that appears to solve any issues with the naming of the TV programs. In addition, it uses the subtitle from the original wtv file (or one I generate) to work with iTunes naming and file structure. So now a program like “The Big Bang Theory_KIRODT_2012_04_26_20_00_00.wtv” gets saved to iTunes as “The Stag Convergence.mp4” in a folder named “The Big Bang Theory”. iTunes wants it this way, and will do it automatically if you correctly label the ID Tags. It shows up exactly the way a purchased TV show will appear in iTunes. If interested and you know a little perl, let me know. I only have the free version of the ActiveStates perl compiler, so cannot package this up into something that could be distributed easily.

    Dave Nunnally

  • Greg

    MCEBuddy now adds the iTunes tags automatically. I was just looking for a way to get Media Center recordings into iTunes and you can now do that with MCEBuddy alone. Just choose “M4V Apple High Quality” as the profile and “C:\…Automatically Add to iTunes” as the destination. The next day it shows up in my Apple TV under Computers .. TV Shows.
    It was your posting that showed me the way to MCEBuddy. It is a great program. Thanks for the post.

  • Hunnypuppy

    Great article. MCEBuddy 2.x is out now which does a LOT more than the 1.1 used in your article. am loving it!

  • Hunnypuppy

    Great article. MCEBuddy 2.x is out now which does a LOT more than the 1.1 used in your article. am loving it!
    You can get it from mcebuddy2x.codeplex.com