Metadata is commonly referred to as "data about data", and is often used for cataloging, indexing, and managing files in a computer.

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Shrinking NTFS drives (in virtual machines)

Sometimes it’s useful to shrink the drive image of a VM to reduce wasted space on the host. We do this by defragmenting and compacting the contents of the virtual drive, wiping the free space, then ...
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Put bitrate atom into MP4 container

When iTunes encodes audio with the iTunes Plus setting, it shows 256 kbps as the bitrate, but actually these are VBR files. For files that were not encoded with iTunes, what tool can modify the tags ...
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Why some write-in-progress files report 0 byte but shrinking drive's free space?

Occasionally I come across programs that write files that are "0 byte" long during writes, according to the file-system, but the write shrinks the drive's reported free space. Example programs are ...
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Extract metadata from Word files sent anonymously

I am being sent numerous explicit/harassing Word files via Skydrive and was wondering if there is a method of extracting and viewing the metadata or any useful identifying information after ...
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PDFCreator set “PDF Producer” meta attribute

I am trying to find a way to create a PDF using pdfcreator and set the PDF Producer to something other than ghostscript v*. For some odd reason the program I am piping the Pdf file to will only ...
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How is GPS information stored in a RAW file?

I am trying to parse a Nikon RAW file using LibRAW library. The library gives me a 32 byte int array of GPS Data. I have been unable to find any documentation that explains how to interpret this 32 x ...
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How to write OSX/Finder tags as metadata into PDF?

I have added tags to all of my PDF documents, but the problem is, that these kind of tags are only supported by OSX (Mavericks), that means they are gone if I want to use the PDF on a e.g. windows or ...
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OS X uploads .mp4 as quicktime? Changes metadata

I'm running into a rather peculiar issue uploading .mp4 from any browser on OS X. I'm using ffmpeg to convert files and .mp4's uploaded from OS X are causing issues. First off, the file I'm uploading ...
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FFMPEG Track Number not written

How can I write the track number when re-encoding an audio file using ffmpeg? Currently, I have the following command: ffmpeg -i "in.wav" -acodec libmp3lame -aq 0 -id3v2_version 3 -write_id3v1 1 ...
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Correcting disc number metadata and album titles in iTunes

I've got lots of CDs which were tagged and then imported into iTunes in the following format: Cream Classics (disc 1) Cream Classics (disc 2) Cream Classics (disc 3) What I would like to do is set ...
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Is there a column in Windows Explorer for “Original Air Date?”

I want to sort the Windows Media Center Recorded TV folder wtv files by original air date in Windows Explorer. There are about 300 different columns to choose from, but none that I can tell ...
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ffmpeg stripping out third stream not working

I have files with a third stream which could be some metadata from FCP. This is the output of ffprobe: ffprobe 00700.mov ffprobe version 2.0.1 Copyright (c) 2007-2013 the FFmpeg developers ...
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What GPT partition type to use for protecting DRBD metadata?

I'm planning to install a DRBD device on a (replicated) disk with two GPT partitions. DRBD requires some space for (preferentially "internal") metadata at the end of the underlying device. I'm ...
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mac automator script to copy filename to pdf author + title metadata [closed]

Have been looking around and cannot find a simple automator solution to copy info of a pdf's filename to the pdf's author and title metadata. Many solutions are built upon pdftk, but that util doesn't ...
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Find out rotation metadata from video in ffmpeg

If I use: ffmpeg -i in.mov -vf "transpose=1" out.mov all .mov files are getting rotated, but what I need is to automatically detect just the rotated videos and change orientation for just those ...
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FFMpeg metadata issue

whenever I run ffmpeg -i filename it returns something like this: Metadata: major_brand : mp42 minor_version : 0 compatible_brands: isommp42 creation_time : 2010-07-16 18:33:45 Duration: ...
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How are the file metadata stored in Windows?

(I'm using Windows XP but I guess it's similar in all the recent versions of Windows.) When you create for example a new empty text document, you'll find in its properties that it has size of 0 ...
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Metadata editor for quicktime (.mov) files

My photo camera records video as .mov files. They have some metadata (in the XMP format?), which I can read using exiftool. For example, to get only the metadata related to dates/times I can do: $ ...
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Is there a way to know if a video file was downloaded from a torrent site?

If the user provides me with a video file, say, A.MP4, is it possible for me to extract certain information from the same file to know if it was downloaded from a torrent site or any other source ...
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Can Adobe Bridge metadata be transferred to iTunes?

I'm thinking of using Adobe Bridge as my digital media manager (ebooks, audio, video, etc), as it's really powerful when it comes to managing and organizing stuff, and it has some cool features that I ...
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OS X 10.5 Spotlight Kind different to Finder Kind for particular file (.dylib) despite app (SeaMonkey) removed

in the distant past I installed SeaMonkey. There was a mistake in the apps Info.plist that inappropriately associated a number of file types with the app, in particular .dylib. The bug was recognised ...
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Multimedia files changed in size for no apparent reason

I synchronize my data between my laptop's SSD and a pendrive. A few days ago my sync software (FreeFileSync) reported that hundreds of files has changed in size, despite that i haven't done anything ...
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Bash/Rsync: One-way synchronize files, leave files alone when only metadata has changed

I have some programs that allow exporting to different formats (e.g. html), but many of them share a problem: Exports are always done "all together", i.e. things like images or attachments are created ...
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Windows 8 : export directory's detail content to text

Is there a tool (a program, or commandlet or whatever) that would allow me to export the metadata of files in a directory with "details" view ? This is for Windows 8, but in case one exists for ...
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Add Descriptions or Comments to .PDF Files (Windows)

I was wondering if there was a way to add descriptions/ comments to files e.g. PDFs. I have a lot of PDFs and often I forget where the file came from, why it's a good reference, what reading list it's ...
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Dimensions Column of Windows Explorer is Blank

I could swear that Windows (XP) used to show the width and height of images in Explorer if I toggle the Dimensions column, but now it is showing nothing (see screenshot below). I am working with ...
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Is there an image viewer that can automatically remove metadata?

I need an image viewer or a daemon or anything for Linux that automatically removes metadata from any image downloaded or opened. Does such a thing exist?
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Stripping metadata from MP3 files

Is there a way I can bulk strip mp3 meta data from files? Preferably from the command line on OS X or Linux? I recently tried to use TuneUp (an app that is supposed to located mis-named tracks and ...
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Can't edit MP3 tags like artist or title

I try to edit the tags of MP3 files and I found that some of the file cannot be edited. Here's the procedure when I edit the information of the MP3 file: Right click the MP3 file in Windows ...
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Rename PDF file using its metadata

When I download a paper from Google Scholar it has a nonsense filename. Is there any way to automatically rename filename of a PDF file to its title? I would like do this using context menu in Windows ...
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How to automatically fix MP3 Genre and Year tags?

All the Artist/Album tags on my MP3 collection are fine, but the Genres and Year tags are all horrendous. For Genre, songs just seem to be all over the place. It classifies Iron Maiden is ...
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Software to strip image of any metadata [duplicate]

A concern I often have when sharing pictures online is that there may be some metadata contained within that will compromise my privacy. Exif data is one such example. How can I strip any such ...
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Can iTunes display the TV season image and the episode image in the correct way?

I'm trying to add artwork to my ripped TV shows in iTunes and coming across a bit of a problem getting the correct images to be displayed. If I set each episode to have the correct episode image then ...
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FFmpeg. Generating .ts files and adding metadata to them

Before I was following the steps: Create some metadata: id3taggenerator -o 1.id3 -artist "Emma Stone" id3taggenerator -o 2.id3 -artist "Patricia Clarkson" Create a file saying where to place the ...
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Transfer Songbird metadata to new computer

I recently decided to move from my ancient Windows 7 (32bit) laptop to a newer Windows 7 64bit one. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble transferring my Songbird library. I copied the folder with all my ...
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Remove metadata from Office documents stored in SharePoint [duplicate]

Can anyone suggest a way of removing metadata, en masse, from Word and Excel documents that are stored in SharePoint 2010? There are several thousand documents, each in their own folder (don't ...
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Convert .mts file to .mp4 retain metadata

I would like to convert .mts files to .mp4 and retain the 'creation date' and 'modified date' metadata. I found the following post How to make Handbrake preserve capture time / creation time? that ...
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Avconv generating HUGE metadata over 90mb for 718mb video file

This is the metadata file, extracted with Atom box studio: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tok76wospngf854/moov Video was converted with avconv, info: /usr/local/bin/avconv -version avconv version 9.4, ...
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Commands for reporting media file metadata info on a linux(Red Hat) machine

All, I have a shell script running on MAC OSX that uses mdls command to report metadata information about media files (mp3, m4v, mp4, m4r etc.). I have to write a similar script for a linux ...
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How to show more Exif info in Windows tooltips?

Windows file browser, explorer, shows a tooltip with some info of the file when I stop mouse pointer over the filename or preview icon. For photos the tooltip shows resolution, date+time, camera ...
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How do I automate editing of metadata for a large number of music files?

I am disappointed with iTunes' support for organizing classical music. When listening on an iPod/iPhone/iHome device, it displays the artist, album and song title. I don't see an option to view ...
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How do I find the date a video was taken?

I have a Panasonic HD camcorder and I downloaded a bunch of videos to my computer directly without using the Panasonic software. The videos downloaded fine, but I can't tell when the videos were ...
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Using Calibre to insert metadata for iTunes PDF books

I'm looking for a quick way to add/edit metadata for PDF books. I'm hoping that there's already a program out there (I really don't want to write it myself) to search and insert metadata into PDF ...
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Metadata extraction for renaming recovered files

I recently recovered many deleted files by using a tool called photorec - http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec Great life saver. Only problem is that recovered files have their names replaced by ...
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How can I remove the EXIF tags/metadata from several images at once?

I have a 6,000+ photos. I want to remove a the tags from these photos. I know how to do it one photo at a time. But wondering, what is the way to do mulitple files at a time? Thanks
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XMP for Describing, Cataloging, and Searching Files and Folders

I am seeking a way to tag files and, if possible, folders or groups of files. I also wish to be able to search the files using these tags. With Windows 7 the search and tagging functions are available ...
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Proper PDF metadata key to enable right-to-left viewing in “Facing” view mode in PDF readers

I was wondering whether anyone knew the proper PDF metadata key (and value) in order to signify to PDF readers that the PDF in facing mode should be displayed from right-to-left (RTL) and not ...
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FFmpeg & iPhone: don't display audio language button

I'm creating an MP4 file with FFmpeg 1.1.1, using life and aevalsrc to generate some test video and audio: ffmpeg -f lavfi -i life -f lavfi -i aevalsrc=0 -frames:v 750 life.mp4 If I play it on an ...
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Storage location of video tags in Windows Live Photo Gallery

I know that Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 stores people tags and other metadata like ratings in the photos themselves (see a very similar question about photos here). I'd like to know if the ...
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Per-file volume adjustment in VLC

I used to listen music using iTunes, which allowed me to adjust the audio volume on a per-file basis: Get Info --> Options --> Volume Adjustment (-100% <---> None <---> +100%) ...