I’ve ripped some of my DVDs so that I can watch them on my iPad and Apple TV. I have children, and some of these movies are rated 12A and higher. Is there a way I can make them available for grown-ups to view but not for kids?
This is a two-step process. The first step is tagging your movies with a rating. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to turn on parental controls on your iPad and Apple TV so that, left to their own devices, the kids won’t be able to watch any movies that bear certain ratings – 12 and above, for example.
To tag your movies, download a copy of Damiano Galassi’s Subler (payment requested; code.google.com/p/subler), a terrific tool for adding tags to your movies and TV shows. Choose File > Import > Search Metadata Online, and Subler will attempt to download the correct metadata (including the rating) and add it to your movie. Save your work and then choose File > Send To iTunes. iTunes should acknowledge the tags when you next select the movie.
Now move to the iPad. Launch Settings, choose General, and tap Restrictions. Tap Enable Restrictions at the top of the screen, and enter and confirm a four-digit passcode. In the Allowed Content area, tap Movies and tap the highest rating you’re willing to allow – PG, for example. Do this, and any movies that have a higher rating won’t be visible on the iPad until you change the restriction or completely turn restrictions off.
Subler can help you tag your movie files with ratings, thus making it easier to keep kids from watching those you deem inappropriate
On an Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Parental Controls. In the Parental Controls screen, select Turn On Parental Controls and press the Apple Remote’s Select button. Again enter and confirm a four-digit passcode. Scroll down in the resulting screen to Restrict Movies To and press the remote’s Select button until you see the rating you want to restrict movies to. Unlike with the iPad, you’ll still see the titles of movies that are synced to the Apple TV, but you’ll be able to play them only by entering the four-digit passcode.