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Importing videos

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Video: Importing videos

So far we've been concentrating on importing music in iTunes, but as we've learned, iTunes also has the ability to manage, organize, and play video files as well. These could be TV shows, movies, music videos, or podcasts you download from the iTunes store, or they could be your own video files that you yourself create or download from other sources. The only thing you have to bear in mind is that the videos have to be in a format that QuickTime can play, like .movs, .m4vs or .mp4 movies. Otherwise, importing a video is really no different than importing an audio file.

Importing videos

So far we've been concentrating on importing music in iTunes, but as we've learned, iTunes also has the ability to manage, organize, and play video files as well. These could be TV shows, movies, music videos, or podcasts you download from the iTunes store, or they could be your own video files that you yourself create or download from other sources. The only thing you have to bear in mind is that the videos have to be in a format that QuickTime can play, like .movs, .m4vs or .mp4 movies. Otherwise, importing a video is really no different than importing an audio file.

On my desktop I have a folder called videos that I copied from the excise files folder and in here I have a movie called SouthernUtah. To add that to my iTunes library, I just drag it in. And it can be either dragged into the main iTunes window or to the library. Again, I have my preferences set to copy files into my iTunes library, so my songs and movies are all in one place, instead of scattered around my hard drive. So now I am going to select Movies in my library, I see my movie has been placed there. There is a blue dot next to it indicating this is a movie I've not yet watched.

Double-clicking the movie plays it. (Music Playing) Let me just go ahead and pause that. Now how and where the movie playback is a matter of how you have your preferences set. As we are seeing here, the movie took up the entire iTunes window with the exception of the controls that appears at the top of the window and just a little bit of the bottom of the window bar available.

Let's go look at our preferences. I go to iTunes > Preferences, on Windows it will be Edit > Preferences, and under the Playback tab, you can use the Play Movies and TV Shows menu to determine how the movies are played back. Currently it's set to "in the iTunes window," but we have several choices here. In Artwork Viewer, place the movie in the tiny pane where you can view the album artwork of songs. Let's see what that looks like. I will choose that, click OK, I am just going to close the movie right now, and when I double click to Play, there's this panel opens up, and I can see the video down here.

(Music playing) Go and pause that again. Now if I click the movie while it's playing down here, it opens up in its own floating window. (Music playing) Go and close that again. Let's go back to Preferences. Now we already saw what "in the iTunes window" looks like. Next we have "in a separate window," which opens the same kind of floating window that just appear when we click the movie in the artwork viewer. Now the last two options here are full screen, which expands the movie to fit your entire monitor, taking up the full screen size without anything else on screen or in the background.

And we also have full screen (with visuals). Full screen (with visuals) is a good selection to make if you're playing a playlist that contains both video and audio files. When playing video files, the video will take up the entire screen, but audio files have nothing to look at. So with this option selected, iTunes will turn on its Visualizer, which we will look at in the next chapter, but is basically an automated visual effects generator that can be strangely hypnotic and engrossing to watch. I am going to go head and leave my settings at "in the iTunes window." So those are the settings that are available when you play movies and TV shows.

For those we have the same options for playing music videos. The question in your mind now should be, how does iTunes tell the difference? Well, if you are playing videos you purchased from the iTunes store, you don't have to worry about it because those videos come pre-tagged with the right information. But the videos you create yourself or download from elsewhere won't necessarily be tagged properly or at all. We go ahead and close Preferences, and I am going to right click on my movie and choose Get Info. Here in the Options tab, use the Media Kind menu, to let iTunes know what kind of video file this is.

In general, files without tags end up in your Movie library, but if it was to say a music video, I would select that option from this menu. If this were a TV show, I could select that option. Now when working with the TV show, you should also go over to the Video tab and fill out any information you have on the show itself, like its name, the season or episode number and so on. You don't absolutely have to fill this out. iTunes will know it's a TV show from your settings under the Options tab, but this information helps to keep your shows organized, especially if you are going to watch them on an iPod. I leave this blank for now, but notice when I click on OK, the movie disappears from my Movie library and now I find it in TV Shows.

I am going to go back and change this back into just a regular movie. Move back into Movies. So again, it's a good idea to accurately identify your videos once you have imported them into iTunes. Other than that, importing and playing videos in iTunes is pretty straightforward.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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