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iDentify 2

April 4th, 2010

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In addition, feel free to check out the videos below for a preview of iDentify 2. These videos are from a pre-release version of iDentify 2, and some features are subject to change.

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  1. Jeremy Elston
    November 19th, 2010 at 16:56 | #1


    I double checked this. The video kind is set to Movie. Just to be sure, I even tried re-selecting Movie, re-entering the IMDB tag and re-scanning. Still no luck.

  2. From A Buick 8
    December 22nd, 2010 at 04:49 | #2

    I have been using this program since October and it has been great. Ran into an issue sith season 5 of Everybody Loves Raymond. It will not pull in ant data.

    I have each episode labeled like this (same as the first 4 that worked well). Everybody Loves Raymond S5E1

  3. From A Buick 8
    December 22nd, 2010 at 08:07 | #3

    Ok i received some advice to wait and try again, so i waited a few hours and it worked. Maybe there was something going on at tagchimp or TVDB

  4. Hobbes130
    December 24th, 2010 at 02:26 | #4

    Hi, firstly your program is great and a refreshing change
    after metaX removed audio from about 20 of my films after I had
    binned the dsks GRRR One slight mystery though…..although the
    rating (age not 1-5stars) appears perfectly in iTunes, it does not
    display on my AppleTV. Any ideas? Many Thanks

  5. identifyapp
    December 24th, 2010 at 08:05 | #5

    Ratings appear fine on my first gen appletv and iPad. You
    could try re-syncing. Maybe remove the title from your library and
    re add it with a sync in between. If the file is synced to your
    apple tv (not streamed) you could try having it remove from the
    apple tv then syncing it back. [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent
    us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  6. identifyapp
    January 2nd, 2011 at 13:24 | #6

    I just noticed you were talking about the star ratings. I
    have not seem them appear anywhere on the appletv, ever, for any
    type of media. [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is
    not a hashcash value.

  7. amoon
    January 10th, 2011 at 23:34 | #7

    Hi so far your app looks like it will be the Metatag app
    for me but there is a small request if I may (it’s probably not
    small). Any chance of adding Australian Movie Ratings?

  8. identifyapp
    January 11th, 2011 at 20:47 | #8

    I could probably add them, if I can find a list of how they
    appear in iTunes. I have no control over what country ratings the
    data sources return though. [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us
    ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  9. amoon
    January 17th, 2011 at 02:16 | #9

    Heres a link to the classifications used in Australia http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2009C00421/Html/Text#param60

  10. Russianguns
    January 20th, 2011 at 17:50 | #10

    I’m looking at making iDentify 2 my main Meta tag app, but I have two concerns/requests I hope you can address when you have the time, one more important than the other:

    1. Cast & Crew, Actor/Actress names NEVER stay in the order shown under Edit Tags, regardless if you switched them around or left them alone. For example, if I create a certain order I would like the actor/actress names to be shown, after I have processed the file and added it to iTunes and view it on Apple TV the names are in a completely random order. Is there anyway to keep a certain order for Cast & Crew after processing the file?

    2. I’ve noticed even when adding my own .jpg for the artwork that the file is then reformatted into a .png after I process the file. Is there anyway I can keep the original format of the file I’ve added without it changing?

    The second issue I can always add my artwork in iTunes after the fact which isn’t really much of a problem. It’s the first issue that is really more important to me in being able to customize the order or at least have some type of order for Cast & Crew. I can fix this using Metax, but I’d rather just solely use iDentify if I could. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  11. identifyapp
    January 20th, 2011 at 22:23 | #11

    The cast and crew out of order is a know issue. However, you will be happy to know I just fixed the cast ordering tonight. Still need to address the crew side, but the code is nearly identical.

    As for changing the image format… I’m not sure why it is changing, but more over, I’m not really sure why it matters… Is there a particular reason the imbedded image must stay as jpg? iTunes handles both equally well, and OSX in general, prefers png.

  12. Russianguns
    January 21st, 2011 at 08:20 | #12


    That’s great, I’ll delete all my other meta tag apps right now. Cast was more important to me since it had more multiple names than crew had.

    The image format change isn’t so much a big deal as I stated, I was more curious of why it was changing the file format when I was adding my own artwork for a few titles. No biggie though, thanks for addressing it, however.

    I really appreciate such a quick response, thanks. When exactly can we expect the changes for the Cast naming order?

  13. identifyapp
    January 21st, 2011 at 20:38 | #13

    download build 360 beta from the front page. It has these changes, as well as others on the cast/crew tab I’m sure you will approve of.

  14. Russianguns
    January 21st, 2011 at 23:33 | #14


    Thank you very much, excellent work. It’s perfect now.

  15. cwolves
    January 29th, 2011 at 08:12 | #15

    first, I love the app. It not only saves me a ton of time re-tagging episode numbers, but I would never bother to pull cover-art or synopsis info myself :)

    I ran into a rather serious issue yesterday, however. I doubt it was entirely Identity’s fault, but there is an easy solution. I had a season of TV shows, labeled S01E01, S01E02, S01E03, etc… I dragged them into Identity, hit process and they ALL got tagged as S01E01, and renamed as such. There may have been a meta tag in all of them that said E1, I dont know, but in any case an UNDO button would have been very welcome at that point :)

    Or adding a few more columns to the file list: “New File Name”, “New Episode #”, etc. so that you can easily look at what files will be renamed to without having to go to ‘edit tags’ and browse them all.

    Thanks again for an excellent app :)

  16. identifyapp
    January 29th, 2011 at 11:10 | #16

    The renaming occurs after the file has been written, which can not be undone. I’ve never ran into this issue myself and I tag mostly tv shows.
    Regardless. I will -eventually- be implementing an episode ID generation setup, that will ignore existing episodeID information, and instead replacing it with the values from the season and episode fields. The format will also be customizable in the same manner as file renaming.

  17. cwolves
    January 31st, 2011 at 00:43 | #17

    How do I get Identity to pull a “special” episode? e.g. any of the specials from Doctor Who Confidential? http://thetvdb.com/?tab=season&seriesid=79298&seasonid=16586&lid=7

  18. identifyapp
    January 31st, 2011 at 07:01 | #18

    All specials are treated as season 0 of the show. Visit the tvdb, look up the show and visit the specials section. Set the season to 0 and the episode number to the one you find on the tvdb and click rescan. If you want that episode to show up in a particular season/episode position, you can change it to where you want it after the lookup is done, but before you process the files.

  19. cwolves
    January 31st, 2011 at 10:50 | #19

    One more thing, certain files just won’t get a valid lookup and I can’t figure out why. Thetvdb seems to show identical info for various episodes in a season. I have a file named “Doctor Who 2005 – S03E03 – Gridlock.m4v” and the lookup fails. It works for E01, E02, etc (E07 also doesn’t work, all the others do). Any ideas as to why?

  20. identifyapp
    January 31st, 2011 at 12:52 | #20

    When something isn’t looking up, visit the tvdb and make sure the show name matches -exactly- that found there.. I’m pretty sure you need parenthesis around the year. If you are getting some good lookups, they are probably coming from tagChimp.

  21. gakio12
    February 20th, 2011 at 21:22 | #21

    Maybe I’m missing something, but why is iDentify 2 renaming all my file extensions to .m4v? Other than that great app!

  22. gakio12
    February 20th, 2011 at 21:23 | #22

    ^edit: All the file extensions I am putting in are .mp4, those are being turned into .m4v

  23. identifyapp
    February 21st, 2011 at 09:13 | #23

    Hrm. surprised this hasn’t been noticed before… I’m trying to remember now if I had a specific reason for it…

  24. identifyapp
    February 22nd, 2011 at 22:56 | #24

    Oh yeah… If you don’t want iDentify changing it to .m4v remove the check mark next to “Use iTunes friendly file extensions” in the preferences.

  25. gakio12
    February 23rd, 2011 at 15:15 | #25

    Thanks! ^_^

  26. gcmason
    February 27th, 2011 at 15:24 | #26

    Mac Newbie, but bought the whole farm , Mac Mini, Mac Extreme Wifi, Apple TV, iPad the lot, now moving 500 DVD collection to Mac using Handbrake.
    This program requires serious recognition, works perfectly would have paid the registration immediatly except for on-going issues with PayPal. Will register when I get my PayPal account sorted out. Well done!

  27. identifyapp
    February 27th, 2011 at 21:53 | #27

    Or you can buy it on the Mac App Store once they approve it… :)

  28. dyve
    July 9th, 2011 at 23:58 | #28

    Great program (just bought it at App Store after trying free version). For mvoies, no problems, but for TV shows there are weird issues. Various episodes of BBC Planet Earth will not be found while others will. Perhaps offering a tvrage.com option instead (IMHO better)?

    Planet.Earth.S01E01.From.Pole.to.Pole.m4v => no success
    Planet.Earth.S01E11.Ocean.Deep.m4v => gets everything

    Any advice welcome

  29. identifyapp
    July 11th, 2011 at 08:40 | #29

    I’m having no issues looking up any of the episode there. You may want to open your preferences and under Lookup->General change the drop down to “Ignore All Tag information from files” Chances are there are existing tags messing up your lookups.

  30. teacher24_70
    December 13th, 2011 at 20:33 | #30

    I’m trying this app out before buying on the Mac App Store. I’m a little concerned when it doesn’t even seem to be able to find metadata for movies such as “Annie”, “Dumbo” or “Darby O’Gill”. I understand that the third movie may be a little more obscure (although Disney, so it’s well documented), but why would it not find information for the other two.

    It successfully found metadata for a small handful of other videos that I tried in trial mode–“An Affair to Remember”, “Ballet Shoes”, and “Finding Nemo”

    I hate to pay for the app if it’s only going to find data for 50% of my movies. I tried closing and reopening the application to see if there was an issue that was causing it to not download metadata for files that it should, but nothing changed.

  31. identifyapp
    December 13th, 2011 at 20:48 | #31

    Please check the help file and read the section on resolving failed lookups. I am quite confident you will be able to download the info for these movies.

  32. Skeo
    August 30th, 2012 at 22:41 | #32

    Just wondering if there is any way to get identify to rename a subtitles file at the same time it renames the movie file?
    I have identify namine files for xbmc, and the .sub files need to be named the same so xbmc will recognise them. Currently I do this rename manually after identify has processed the movie file.
    Feature for version 3 perhaps?

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