Magic Media Marker
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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.
Automation Made Easy
Why spend so much time manually manipulating your video files? Even with other software that makes tagging your video “easy” you still have to go video by video approving changes. It’s time consuming and monotonous. Magic Media Marker stays up in the menu bar out of your way, doesn’t take up a lot of system resources, and best of all, after the initial set up (which is a breeze), it’s completely automated. Whether you manually feed Magic Media Marker or have it watch a folder for new videos, your attention is not needed. TV Shows and Movies show up in iTunes like magic ready to watch on any of your iDevices.
Driven By Powerful Databases
Magic Media Marker gets it’s metadata and artwork from powerful, established databases. For TV Shows Magic Media Marker pulls information from thetvdb.com, and uses themoviedb.org for Movies. With these two resources Magic Media Marker is able to quickly pull accurate results back for even more obscure titles.
Integrates with Growl
Magic Media Marker also takes advantage of Growl for notifications. Pair that with something like Prowl or Boxcar and you can have notifications sent to your phone when TV Shows are ready to watch.
The Power of HandBrake
If your videos need transcoding, Magic Media Marker is also able convert your videos for you so they are in the proper format for iTunes, or your iDevices. You can even link up with and control HandbrakeCLI for more powerful conversion options.
MKV has become a popular video container and often times these videos contain h.264 video inside. This is the same video format that Apple's AppleTV, iPhone, and iPad prefer, however these devices can't read the video inside the MKV container. Magic Media Marker now has the ability to strip this video out of the mkv container, convert the audio if needed, and put it all back together in a m4v container that Apple's devices can read. This is called remuxing, not only does it save time over converting files, but it also avoids any quality loss since it is not transcoding the video.
Magic Media Marker now has the ability to rename your video files and place them in folders based on Genre for movies, and show name and season for TV Shows to help keep your post processed videos more organized.
-Transcode video files by itself, or by controlling HandbrakeCLI
-Remux MKV files with h264 video
-Adds all meta data to Movies and TV Shows
-Sorts & cleans up video files for you
-A completely automated system for preparing your videos for iTunes and iDevices.
What's New in Version 2.0.4
-Movies with years in the file name now get metadata again (needed to update data request to match themoviedb.com update)
-Fixed a bug that could cause crashes when updating information in menu bar
-Fixed a bug that would cause the app to lock up when opening the processing queue under certain circumstances.
Functionality and errors
Every now and again the application mangles my media. the physical size is reported as the same but nothing will play the media. I effectively have to download again.
One other nuisance is the lack of ability to change the saved filename format. I would like the ability to also save the episode name as part of the filename rename function.
Doesn’t seem to work well in Yosemite.
This app was a great idea - but in practice, it’s not working in Yosemite. Perhaps we need an update?
Will never transcode from .mkv, or .avi in automatic folder watch mode - but will if run manually on a file or folder.
Will hang up - and there’s no way to clear it (doesn’t even show up in Force Quit). Has hanged numerous times when looking up metadata.
Unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be ready for prime time for use in a workflow (at least not on Yosemite).