Enhancing your home videos with metadata can transform your media viewing experience from good to great. However, adding and managing metadata in Plex can be a challenging task, especially if you’re not familiar with the process. This article provides a solution by utilizing third-party applications to ensure the proper addition of metadata to your home videos, eliminating the risk of Plex not reading the metadata or having to remove and re-add the videos to the library. Additionally, the metadata will be stored within the video file, ensuring it remains accessible even if you rebuild your Plex library or use another media player.
Steps for Adding Metadata to Home Videos in Plex
After hours of research and trying various products, I discovered MetaX, a software ($9.99) with a free version that allows you to tag up to five videos at a time. The software guarantees the proper change of video file tags, which Plex sometimes fails to recognize. Here are the basic steps to change the tags using MetaX:
- Download and install MetaX.
- Launch MetaX and open the videos you want to tag.
- Select the video and add the desired metadata, such as Title, Actors, Director, Album, and Genre.
- Click the “Play” button to save the changes.
- Go to Plex and search for the video, then select “Refresh Metadata” to view the changes. You can also automate this process by updating the entire library’s metadata once you have tagged all your videos.
By following these steps, you can effectively add metadata to your home videos in Plex, bypassing the frustration and difficulties of manual methods like the “Plex Dance.” With the help of third-party software like MetaX, you can enjoy a more organized and efficient media library.
Add Files from the first icon, change the property of the video by selecting Title, Artist, Date, Rating Genre etc. Click on Green icon to save the info.
Change the Video Kind, Set Director, Producer, Actor, Album (Collection in Plex) and Click on the Green Icon to save.