Beta: Metadata Editing

The latest pre-release has a button to remove the match for movies.

We’ll work on doing the same for an imported show.


@maddox @tmm1

Was really excited about this ans just tried it this morning. I had some shows created with non standard urls in the 4:3 areas. On the clients, these actually were displayed, but perhaps not in the greatest quality.

Just updated the libraries with all home grown 4:3 artwork.

They appear perfect in the web server. However, in the clients they are now blank. Do i need to refresh something somewhere?

Also something i noticed that may be an issue once music videos and home videos are supported more down the road.

It would also be very nice to add local import of the 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio images for the collections, and the virtual channels logos to keep in line with the local import for the metadata editor.

This is exactly what im seeing too. Didnt see your post and just posted the same thing…

Can i ask how people have the folder structure for these kind of files? Eg i have approx 30 random football videos from the internet. I have these in a single folder under imports/TV/ but when scanning it probably takes about 5 minutes per episode for each to finally appear in my library. So for all 30 is going to take well over an hour before they have all been added into channels for me to then edit the metadata etc.

Is there anything i'm missing or is it just that each episode takes a while to be scanned before Channels ultimately decides it cannot find a match and moves onto the next?

What does the Log show about those files?

Try latest TestFlight build


No issues. Infact nothing at all other than an entry each time one has eventually been imported:

Eg "2022/03/05 18:04:03.230339 [SCN] Imported TV show West Ham Videos/EVERY PAOLO DI CANIO GOAL FOR WEST HAM-(1080p).mp4"

Not sure if its a file name issue or whether it just takes this long as channels needs to search for several minutes before finding there is no match (there wont be). Only time i've ever come across it but then i've always added actual broadcast tv shows or movies upto this point.

And the entries are exactly five minutes apart?

If it's perfectly normal then no problem. It's the first real time i've added non broadcast tv/movie files that Channels isnt going to be able to match so wasn't sure how long it should take.

Verified fixed and working, and looks slick.

But ive been noticing this when looking at individual songs on a virtual channel. Any ideas where this image is pulled?
Do i need to regenerate the guide again? Only reason i ask, is last time i regenerated the guide something happened to the metadata and i had to go back and recreate the “series” , but it may have been a brainfart on my part at the time.

I found an old hard drive with data I held on to from the late 90's, early 2000's. I'd archived lots of favorite music videos, TV commercials, and various wacky found footage like "TV Carnage" (a precursor to Adult Swim.) I forgot I had all of this great content! Now its all organized into Collections and auto-playing on Virtual Channels... and it was so easy. Feels like a match made in heaven, this is nostalgia I wouldn't have enjoyed again if it wasn't for this platform. How very cool. Kudos to the developers :+1:t3:


Got bless @Fofer, king data hoarder and champion of all the weird scenarios!


Yes, in 2022.03.05.1736 the main poster image is an instant change, so that seems all good. Interestingly, posters I selected a couple of days ago but didn't stick were now there, as if it was stuck before but this somehow loosened them up and made the last selection go through.

I tried with a couple of very large shows with the checkbox to see what would happen. In one with 105 episodes the selection screen stayed up for a couple of minutes, but everything seemed to update. However on one with 283 episodes, the selection screen stayed up for about 10-60 seconds (varied over several attempts) and nothing changed--except the main poster, which was practically instantaneous.

The new metadata editor has opened up a whole new world for music videos - particularly when combined with virtual channels. I put a feature request elsewhere not to hog this specific thread, but its related..

I cannot get the update Art feature to propagate the change across all episodes for the tv show. It just updates the main poster, I am selecting the check box “apply new poster to all recordings of this show”, but this does not work for me.

This is really a great addition to channels. I have to two thoughts about it that I think that would make it even better.

  1. Can you leverage the embedded meta data in iMovie files? For example, I process all home videos in iMovie and afterward they have image art and whatever meta data I supply. I've also added meta data via MetaDoctor as an example as well.

  2. Could we have a library category for Home Videos similar to the one for Kids?

Thanks for adding this feature!

All this is planned!

Excellent! Looking forward to these additions.

Im still seeing this sporadically in the virtual channels after using the “apply poster to all…” in the metadata editor.

In the library it looks great

But in the virtual channel im seeing this,

but my process is the same for the other virtual channels and those music video posters show up fine in the guide.

Could the bulk metadata editor, be trashing the artwork somehow?

Because of the way the guide is generated for the virtual channels, I believe any changes you make to the metadata will not be updated in the virtual channel until the guide updates (usually around 9am each day). You can manually force the guide update, and this might fix your issue.