iTunes 12.4 and Home Videos

I got a question on Twitter about the Home Videos library in iTunes 12.4. When you add a video of your own – whether you filmed it on a device and copied it to your computer to add to your iTunes library, or you ripped a DVD – iTunes adds it to the Home Videos library. You need to change that video’s Media Kind (in the Options pane of the Info window) to Movie or TV Show. iTunes assumes that any video you import into iTunes is a home video.

Home videosBut if you have no home videos in your iTunes library, you may not see where these videos belong. If you add a video to your iTunes library, iTunes displays the Home Videos sub-library in the sidebar. And if you subsequently delete that video, Home Videos remains visible.

If you did have home videos in your library before upgrading to iTunes 12.4, do you see this sub-library?

10 thoughts on “iTunes 12.4 and Home Videos

  1. It was there for me, though I wish iTunes would allow users to add movies straight to the library instead of this holding pen.

  2. It was there for me, though I wish iTunes would allow users to add movies straight to the library instead of this holding pen.

  3. I recommend using Subler to tag video files. It can do auto lookup of movies and TV shows from a variety of online source (including IMDB, TVDB and iTunes) and will allow you to pre-set the media type. It’s also handy for converting MKVs containing x264 video to Apple’s m4v container.

    It’s also free, which is a lovely price to pay for something as useful as this. 🙂

    • Correction: I don’t know that it does auto lookup of metadata; it has a lookup function, but it is user-invoked.

  4. I recommend using Subler to tag video files. It can do auto lookup of movies and TV shows from a variety of online source (including IMDB, TVDB and iTunes) and will allow you to pre-set the media type. It’s also handy for converting MKVs containing x264 video to Apple’s m4v container.

    It’s also free, which is a lovely price to pay for something as useful as this. 🙂

    • Correction: I don’t know that it does auto lookup of metadata; it has a lookup function, but it is user-invoked.

  5. It’s more complicated than that. I have two iTunes libraries:

    1) “~/Library/iTunes”, which has iCloud Music Library enabled, and is usually my active library. (And which stores no music locally.)

    2) “~/Library/iTunes Archive”, which does not have the cloud library enabled and stores my music locally. (I.e. safe from Apple’s matching algorithms!)

    “~/Library/iTunes” was active when I upgraded to 12.4; its Home Videos remain visible.

    When I switched to ~/Library/iTunes Archive”, its Home Videos section was not in the sidebar and I had to add a video to it first before it reappeared.

  6. It’s more complicated than that. I have two iTunes libraries:

    1) “~/Library/iTunes”, which has iCloud Music Library enabled, and is usually my active library. (And which stores no music locally.)

    2) “~/Library/iTunes Archive”, which does not have the cloud library enabled and stores my music locally. (I.e. safe from Apple’s matching algorithms!)

    “~/Library/iTunes” was active when I upgraded to 12.4; its Home Videos remain visible.

    When I switched to ~/Library/iTunes Archive”, its Home Videos section was not in the sidebar and I had to add a video to it first before it reappeared.

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