The Premiere Movie Encoding and Tagging Application for iTunes
Just follow a few simple steps and your movies will soon be moved from their source video files, encoded, tagged and added to iTunes with minimal effort by you. Graffiti and Graffiti Pro are by far the easiest way to shift your movies to your devices.
Graffiti is built on top of some great tools, without which it would not be able to provide you an incredibly simple and elegant tool for managing your movies.
Well, if they are so great then what does Graffiti bring to the table? We at Dynamic Realms are all about user experience and that is what we are providing here. The tools we use are great at what they do but using them isn't always simple. We have re-envisioned the process of format shifting your movies and making it as simple and efficient as possible. Before Graffiti, it would often take hours of your time, utilizing two or maybe three different tools; each of which suffered their own issues and potential aggravation. Graffiti turns that around and instead rolls everything into a single tool while at the same time taking great pains to consider the work flow of the effort. The result is only a few minutes spent adding your movies, checking the tags it finds for you, making slight modifications if necessary, then starting the ball rolling with a click of a button and walking away. You don't have to come back later and do another step or even another. It just suddenly shows up in iTunes and as ready to watch. Now that is the way it should be!
Supports a large number of video formats (let us put it this way, we have not found many it does not support). Graffiti can also encode unencrypted DVDs and Blu-rays (but not disk images) are also supported. Graffiti will accept as inputs all of the types of video formats described above and will generate an MP4 (M4V) file that is capable of playing on a wide range of devices.
Supports surround sound (5.1 channel) passthru and stereo (2 channel) audio. All the guess work is taken out of what you need. Graffiti will automatically setup and add the surround sound channel if it finds it and will at the same time generate a stereo channel and add to the movie so that the movie can be enjoyed with any hardware.
Tag your movies using your native language (when available). Graffiti automatically searches for tags in your native language. The movie database supports an array of languages for the various movies. Graffiti utilizes the supported languages on your Mac to establish its list of available native languages.
Uses your country of origin rating system (when available). Not all countries are available, but we do our best to track down the ratings and include them. iTunes has recently added many more countries, but as of yet the proper metadata tags to make them available are unpublished for those countries. When they are, Graffiti will be there to include them.
Can automatically add movies to iTunes for you when done encoding. Get Graffiti started and when it completes each movie it will automatically move the file into iTunes. All you have to do is sit back and wait for it to appear!
Automatically retrieve and pre-fill your metadata. All metadata can be edited for content before encoding. Choose from an incredible array of high resolution posters (many of which may be in your native language). Graffiti can tag a movie with any of the metadata tags that iTunes recognizes.
Allows re-editing of movies previously tagged. This can even be done while encoding other movies. Just load your movie into the Retag media well and you have full access to all the tags, including the standard tags, the poster, and all the extra metadata. To help you Graffiti retrieves the tags and posters from the movie database and automatically fills in any missing data for you, as well as offer you the opportunity to choose one of the hi-res posters. Finally you are also able to completely replace the tags with new ones you search for (e.g. if you accidently tagged the file with the wrong movie metadata... hey it can happen!).
You have control over what audio and subtitle tracks are included and how. Graffiti makes your native language tracks the default. It can also burn in your subtitle track of choice or auto-search for the foreign language track and burn it into the movie (when one is found). Graffiti even auto-selects your native language tracks for you.
Full support for HD and SD movies. You can also generate both and HD and and SD version of the movie if you source movie is HD. Graffiti also automatically tags the movies appropriately so that both versions will appear as a single movie in iTunes with the HD-SD mark.
Filter your movies to improve quality (decomb, deblock, detelecine, denoise). This ability can be very important for cleaning up the quality of those older movies that are interlaced (those horizontal lines that appear when something moves) or are noisy or blocky.
Did we mention No queue! We have always hated those things. You discover you made a mistake in one of your tags, or you suddenly want to encode another movie before the next to be processed. What do you do? With many apps you are out of luck and would have to stop the encoding, or worse, remove the movie from the queue and start over. But Graffiti takes a smarter approach. You can add and reorder movies, encode a movie, edit tags, retag existing movies all at the same time with no interruption to the current task Graffiti is working on. Now we're talking about work flow!
Supports all your favorite devices including, iPod & iPod Touch, iPhone 1-4, Android, iPad 1-3, Apple TV 1-3, and a High Profile for running on laptops & desktops. When you select your devices, Graffiti automatically optimizes the video encoding so that the resulting movies look and run great on those devices.
What about TV Shows?
We want Graffiti to be the best encoding experience for movies; we believe we have delivered! Trying to add TV shows only serves to make the resulting application less enjoyable and more confusing. Each type of media, both movies and TV shows, have their unique needs, representations, and metadata that must be handled. With this in mind, focusing on only movies grants us the ability to make no compromises on how we scan your media, present the information to you, and thus minimize your workload.
But what about TV Shows? We are already working on another app just as incredibly easy and enjoyable to use as Graffiti but its focus is strictly on TV shows. So if you love Graffiti, stay tuned!
The United States has laws supporting "Fair Use" of the media you legally purchase. It is these laws that give you the right to legally copy your CDs and move them into iTunes and other devices. It says basically that you have the right to not only "backup" your CDs but you also have a right to move them to other devices. This last part is called "format shifting". What it does not allow you to do is to illegally copy copyrighted material or resale copies of that material you generate.
This is great for CDs but what about DVDs and Blu-Rays. This is where it gets into a real "grey" area. It is currently illegal in the United States to break any encryption that may be in place on DVDs and Blu-rays, which means you cannot legally "copy" those disks. Does this sound like a contradiction? Well... it is of course, since it clearly prevents you from making "fair use" of your DVDs and Blu-rays that you legally purchased and want to use for your own personal purposes.
Unfortunately having said all this, it is the position of Dynamic Realms that Graffiti does not break any of the encryptions that are found on these formats. We are sorry that the industries that produce DVDs and Blu-rays have been able to prevent our legal right to copy our own property but the law is the law and we want Graffiti to be fully legal for you to use.
If you are looking to backup your DVD collections and move them to your Apple TV before these formats go away then what to do? Well the easiest solution is to download our Pro version of Graffiti that gives you full access to DVDs and other media drives and yet is still completely legal. We want to provide you the best possible experience in managing your movie library so we offer this upgrade completely FREE. Even though Graffiti Pro is free, it does require a legally purchased copy of Graffiti from Apple's Mac App Store in order to be fully activated. Get your free download of Graffiti Pro now and open up access to the rest of your media.
Feel free to download Graffiti Pro before purchasing Graffiti. Take it for a test Drive. It will let you add movies and edit their metadata tags, giving you an opportunity to see just how easy it is to use. The only restiction is it will only encode the first 10 minutes of your movies until you have purchased a valid copy of Graffiti from the App Store. We have tried to make this as painless as possible so you don't even have to run Graffiti if you want or for that matter shut down Graffiti Pro and start over. Once you make the purchase and have Graffiti installed, Graffiti Pro will automatically validate the purchase and will immediately be activated with no further action needed by you, and the encoding will continue.
Dealing with DVD Disks
Graffiti utilizes Handbrake for its background encoding tasks. Handbrake also does not break any encryptions, and is thus also perfectly legal. However, Handbrake will utilize an external library, called libdvdcss from VideoLAN, and if installed on your system, will be able to full access commercial DVDs. Dynamic Realms neither condones nor encourages you to take advantage of that library. That is a personal decision for you to make in accordance with local applicable law. We only supply a cool tool that can encode movies and tag them for you.
Dealing with Blu-ray Disks
Blu-rays are are even tougher to deal with. These utilize even more complex encryption schemes. Again Graffiti nor Handbrake will directly break those encryptions. There is a tool called MakeMKV that is capable of format shifting both DVDs and Blu-rays into a format called MKV. This format is cool because it allows all features on your disks to be maintained. Again, Dynamic Realms neither condones nor encourages you to take advantage of this tool. That is a personal decision for you to make in accordance with local applicable law. Just so you know, Graffiti and Handbrake have great support for mkv files.
Handbrake is also currently working to further add support for reading Blu-rays just like it does for DVDs and when that happens be sure we will bring that capability to you in Graffiti.
For more information about Graffiti and dealing with various media please visit our Forum.
Graffiti is designed for the Mac using OS X 10.7.3 or greater.