iTunes Tip: Change Videos from Home Movies to Movies, TV Shows or Music Videos

When you buy videos from the iTunes Store, iTunes sorts them according to the type of videos they are: Movies, TV Shows or Music Videos. But if you add your own videos – whether from DVD rips, videos you’ve shot yourself, or videos you’ve downloaded – iTunes classifies them as Home Videos.

Media kind

You can change this easily. Select a video and press Command-I; you’ll see the info window, as above. Click the Options tab, and then the media kind menu. You’ll see these choices:

Media kind with menu

Choose the media kind you want, then click OK to save the video as a movie, TV show or music video.

26 thoughts on “iTunes Tip: Change Videos from Home Movies to Movies, TV Shows or Music Videos

  1. Great! Thanks Krik, but I wonder that could I change massive videos once a time 🙂 If I do it once a time, that must be a time-consuming process!

    • You can do a group select in your iTunes list of videos (hold Apple key and click on the videos to select them). Then right-click and choose Get Info. You will get a message asking if you really want to change info on the group as a caution.

  2. Great! Thanks Krik, but I wonder that could I change massive videos once a time 🙂 If I do it once a time, that must be a time-consuming process!

    • You can do a group select in your iTunes list of videos (hold Apple key and click on the videos to select them). Then right-click and choose Get Info. You will get a message asking if you really want to change info on the group as a caution.

  3. When I do this, iTunes doesn’t move the actual file into the Movies folder. It keeps it in Home Videos

    • I’m having the same problem as I have my TV set up to scan the TV Shows file but it is missing all the shows in the Movies folder and I don’t want to have all the home movies to sort through. Is there a simple way to move the files or do you have to do it mannually? Oh andd I have tried to get them in the right place by runing consulidate numerious times on my itunes file

  4. When I do this, iTunes doesn’t move the actual file into the Movies folder. It keeps it in Home Videos

    • I’m having the same problem as I have my TV set up to scan the TV Shows file but it is missing all the shows in the Movies folder and I don’t want to have all the home movies to sort through. Is there a simple way to move the files or do you have to do it mannually? Oh andd I have tried to get them in the right place by runing consulidate numerious times on my itunes file

  5. Thanks for the tip. I wonder who’s the rocket scientist at Apple who thought imported movies should be placed by default in a separate “home movies” section? That’s counterintuitive because most people want one main folder to access all movies just like they have one main folder for all music..

  6. Thanks for the tip. I wonder who’s the rocket scientist at Apple who thought imported movies should be placed by default in a separate “home movies” section? That’s counterintuitive because most people want one main folder to access all movies just like they have one main folder for all music..

  7. Thank you so much! This solved my problem! Been searching all over the internet for this solution.

    A little tip related to this problem; some movie files don’t work in itunes. Like .mkv files and some .avi files with certain codecs.

  8. Thank you so much! This solved my problem! Been searching all over the internet for this solution.

    A little tip related to this problem; some movie files don’t work in itunes. Like .mkv files and some .avi files with certain codecs.

  9. this is all fine and good, but i want to know what metadata in the mp4 file itunes uses to categorize the video type BEFORE it’s loaded into itunes.
    changing the movie in file info is fine, but i don’t want to fix it, i want the files placed in the right place the first time

  10. this is all fine and good, but i want to know what metadata in the mp4 file itunes uses to categorize the video type BEFORE it’s loaded into itunes.
    changing the movie in file info is fine, but i don’t want to fix it, i want the files placed in the right place the first time

  11. I was trying to change videos from Home Movie to television.
    I tried exactly this in itunes (12.7.4 64 bit Windows).
    after clicking OK, nothing happened.
    they stayed Home Movies.
    what am i doing wrong

  12. I was trying to change videos from Home Movie to television.
    I tried exactly this in itunes (12.7.4 64 bit Windows).
    after clicking OK, nothing happened.
    they stayed Home Movies.
    what am i doing wrong

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