With the iPad on the horizon a lot of people are going to be trying to figure out how to get videos into iTunes. Not all videos are created equally and not all video formats will work in iTunes. Figuring out the simplest way to do this is going to be a priority for a lot of people.
Managing video can be a tiring endeavor, but there are a ton of great applications that’ll help you get those files where you need them.
iFlicks is a great application to manage all your file formatting needs. It lets you edit meta data, convert the formats to fit all your Apple devices, as well as automates some meta data changes.
How to convert your videos to work on an AppleTV, iPod, iPhone, as well as the new iPad is something we get asked a lot in emails. I’ve never fully understood why we need multiple formats instead of having a container file with some information in it to determine the resolution. But, it currently doesn’t exist and we’re forced to have multiple file versions of our movies, each of which are optimized for a particular device. iFlicks is the first step towards an automated system when it comes to converting your movies into Apple specific formats.
They have built in presets for each of the Apple devices. They let you automatically add the files to iTunes, and then move the original to the trash, and then they let you queue up a list of flicks. It doesn’t get much simpler, and it certainly removes the manual management of converting these files. Manual management sucks.
Meta data is important for a lot of people. Having the ability to change movie ratings, tag the films, and fill in descriptions is something that a lot of people invest a lot of time doing.
Personally I find that it’s just too much of a time investment to do it manually. I’d certainly use the functionality of the tags and ratings, but I don’t have time to do it all manually. iFlicks lets you connect to a movie database, pull the information, and then embed it into your movie file.
They also give you the ability to edit these things manually should you feel the need to tweak some stuff.
If you’re tired of having to set some of the meta data manually you can set up rules to take care of the changes for you. For instance, if you’re tired of having to label your movies manually you can have iFlicks and automatically convert the rating to HD based on your criteria.
The rules work just like the smart folder rules that we use around OS X, so setting up your own rules are a piece of cake.
iFlicks has a trial period of 15 days, and can be purchased for 19,95€