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collapsing itunes video entries (different episodes, same series)

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I recently ripped a dvd that I own that has multiple episodes on it. I have used metaX to edit the tags, add art etc. The problem is that when I display them in any view other than a straight listing, such as album art, they show as 3 episodes under one image and 1 episode under another image. Is there a way to combine these so that they appear under the same album art cover? Clearly there is something different with the one but I have no easy way to tell what.

 

p.s. - the dvd was for a Sci Fi series called "The Lost Room". If you like Heros, you will love this mini-series!

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I think the trick is just to have the exact same vaues in Show Name and Season on iTunes's "Video" tab of the Get Info dialog; and have the exact same string in "Album", "Album Artist", and "Artist" fields of iTune's "Info" tab of the Get Info dialog.

 

I usually use the following AppleScript to set these things up for a TV show's episodes for a season, after selecting the tracks of the imported series:

tell application "iTunes"
activate
set thePlaylist to the view of browser window 1
set theTracks to the selection

-- Pass 1
repeat with tr in theTracks
	set the video kind of tr to TV show
end repeat

-- Pass 2

-- Season number = some integer
set tv_season to 1

-- starting episode number  = some integer
set my_episode_number to 1

--- starting showID = some integer
set my_show_id to 101

-- Show Name = "------"
set tv_show_name to "The Lost Room"

-- Genre = "--------"
set tv_genre to "Science Fiction"

repeat with tr in theTracks

	set the show of tr to tv_show_name
	if the album of tr is "" then set the album of tr to tv_show_name

	-- Season number = (some integer)
	set the season number of tr to tv_season

	-- Season number, incrementing as working thru list
	set the episode number of tr to my_episode_number
	set the track number of tr to my_episode_number
	set my_episode_number to my_episode_number + 1

	-- Episode ID, incrementing as working thru list
	set the episode ID of tr to my_show_id
	set my_show_id to my_show_id + 1

	-- Other stuff I could do with Get Info
	if the genre of tr is "" then set the genre of tr to tv_genre

	-- Clean out stuff so it doesn't confuse anything
	set the artist of tr to ""
	set the album artist of tr to ""

end repeat

end tell

You may find it adaptable to your needs.

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