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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How to setup DLNA sorting

What is the best way using a windows server (as the source) to provide an easy to access listing of available videos for use by DLNA enabled television sets (specifically Samsung)? I've created ...
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How to translate wacky metadata to readable format?

This is a song metadata i have (on Winamp): I'm trying to figure which artist it really is. Tried googling/google translate, but couldn't find the artist/title in english. Although, one page showed ...
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How can I add metadata to PNG images on OS X/Linux?

Is there a program for OS X and Linux that I can use to add Textual information to PNG image files? Something for Windows also, maybe?
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Why do the privileges disappear in meta? [closed]

Ok, these are multiple questions, but each is so closely related to the other so I put them in one post. I am new to SuperUser, but not to StackExchange. These probably all belong in meta, but I am ...
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How Much Space Do Empty Files Consume?

Windows reports both, empty files and folders, as taking up 0 bytes. Surely it takes something to store the file name, attributes, date [created/modified/accessed] etc. How is this weighted?
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List full timestamps of files in a tarball

I have a large tar archive and want to see the exact (nanosecond) timestamps that are stored for each file in the archive. In case it's relevant, the tarball is in POSIX-2001 format (tar ...
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Query exchange for sent item count by folder

I have a large Exchange server with many hundreds of thousands of emails in thousands of folders. I would like to generate a list of how many emails have been sent, by user, for a subset of the ...
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change photos metadata by given time

My camera's batteries run out and the stored date was wrong and the I have now about 100 photos with an incorrect date. Is there any app that can change the photos date? Something that can calculate ...
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Strip metadata from all formats with FFmpeg

How can I remove all metadata from all formats via FFmpeg? I can just set special metadata for each format per man ffmpeg. Any option or method to clear all metadata and strip media from all metadata ...
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How can I edit timestamps of MP4 videos?

I am having difficulties with timestamps of my videos. They were originally created with Windows Movie Maker in WMV format and I manually set their creation date. Later I migrated to Ubuntu and ...
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Different Spotlight kMDItemKind metadata values for same file on different drives

I have run into an issue where I find the same video file to have different values for the kMDItemkind Spotlight metadata depending on the drive it resides on (same machine, of course), which makes ...
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Is there a command analogous to afinfo for videos on a Mac OS X?

OS X has the command afinfo to fetch audio file info. Is there a similar command to fetch video file info for videos (mov,m4v) other than the mdls command?
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Apply metadata to files based on OCR of their content

Essentially I'm looking for a tool (Windows/Mac) that will allow me the following workflow: Scan ALL my documents into a folder (200-300 scanned images) run the tool that will go through all the ...
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Command line tool to write flac, ogg vorbis and mp3 id3v2 meta data?

Is there any command line tool that can write all three formats/containers? I've already searched but could not find anything that does the job. So far I'm using vorbiscomment, metaflac and id3tool ...
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What was scientifically shown to support productivity when structural organizing/accessing file and folders? [closed]

My Personal Information Management problem I have gathered terabytes of data but it has became a habit to store files and folders to the same folder, that folder could be kind of seen as a Inbox ...
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OS X mdls command gives “null” in output

I have bash script that utilizes the Mac based mdls command in a shell script to generate a metadata report for media files. When the script works the output looks like this: 1) [./test1.mov] - ...
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Is it possible to edit the header information of a file?

For example, is it possible to modify the header of a image file to change it into a music file, and play this file? Another example, is it possible to change the header of an image to make it black ...
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How can I add metadata to NTFS files/folders?

I want to tag different file types (i.e. .pdf, .epub, .iso, .bin, folders,..) using the same descriptive fields. For example i would like a metadata field "type" which would be "eBook" on pdf- and ...
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Read Metadata from multiple files (namely Images with Copyright info)

I'm attempting to produce a report of metadata from images within a network drive and all of its subfolders to check copyright information and other metadata (Creators, Authors etc). Recursively and ...
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Windows command line - get pdf page width and height in pixels?

I need a piece of software (a freeware preferably) that will display what is the pixel width / height of a pdf page. If there are many pages with different dimensions, I'd be enough to just get the ...
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Custom metadata fields in Windows file manager (or other software)

I'm trying to organize a collection of maybe 500 or so journal articles, stored in a combination of .pdf and .djvu formats. I'd like to be able to sort the collection by author(s), title, journal ...
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Excel-like software for XML data?

Is there any Excel-like software for XML data? Something not restricted to spreadsheet format, but allowing: data with hierarchy more strict typing tagging multiple views to the data, unlike ...
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Mass video metadata dump`

I have a directory with 1000's of video files and I would like to collect some of the metadata for the files to run some analysis. I found that Windows 7 explorer can output the info but I have no way ...
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“Universal Metadata” tagging for various file types

I'm trying to find some application that allows me to easily add/modify metadata for various files such as PDF, MKV, DOCX, MP3, PNG, JPG etc. All these types of files (and a lot more) support ...
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A more stable alternative Meta Tracker Linux search system

An indexed search system is a very convenient tool for many computer-related tasks. I have been using Meta Tracker for a few years on Ubuntu and have met a lot of issues: sometimes the Tracker icon ...
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How to batch rename files based on file header/metadata in Windows?

I have a directory full of randomly named files of different types, all with no file extensions. Most are images, with some videos, and some plaintext. I've used one of the Windows versions of file to ...
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Archiving Scanned Family Photos, How to Annotate?

I'm scanning old family photos for saving and distribution to family. I'd like to be able to give all known info about the photo. iPhoto would work, but most people don't have Macs. For cross ...
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Deleting music file duplicates but retaining iTunes metadata

Back when I first imported the majority of my iTunes library I had the copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library option checked, so basically my whole music library was duplicated on ...
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How to reuse/extend etckeeper's metadata engine for git control of non-/etc filesystems, or extend git natively with said capability?

Overview + question I want etckeeper-like filesystem metadata control for non-/etc, git-controlled directories. Home and web-app directories, among others, are classically sensitive to metadata ...
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How to “clean” a PSD file before publishing?

I want to upload .psd (Photoshop CS5) files to a subversion repository, and since the format seems so comprehensive (or maybe just bloated and convoluted), I'd like to just publish the core of the ...
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3rd party software for parsing (OCRing) receipts?

I need to organize a large number of scanned receipts. The receipts are scanned in PDF, and I need is software that will intelligently look at a document and parse out date, location / vendor, total ...
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How to create a batch file to add metadata to movies and rename them

I want to create a batch file that does the following: Scan a folder's contents including subfolders for movie media Parse from the file name, the movie name and the year, since I am using ...
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Is there a way to get file metadata from the command line?

Is there a way to get a file's metadata from the command line in Windows XP and above? Particularly, I'm interested in getting the information one might normally see on the "Details" tab of a file's ...
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GPS metadata in images

I know that in JPG and TIFF images GPS location is (can be) stored in the Exif data. Are there any other formats that provide GPS location in metadata? I looked through the PNG specification and ...
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Is there any software that tags movie metadata automatically?

I'm familiar with using MusicBrainz for MP3s. Is there an equivalent program that exists for video files?
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How to use ffmpeg to add metadata to an AAC file without reencoding?

I'm using ffmpeg to extract just the audio stream from a video file: ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -vn -acodec copy audio.aac This produces a clean audio file but without any metadata. To add metadata, ...
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Digest based filesystem?

If a cloud backup provider (for example) is storing laptop backups, some files will be identical (Windows or Mac OS system libraries, for example). The best way to store these would be to have a ...
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Which wiki toolkit has the greatest support for data freedom?

Our dev team has poured a lot of knowledge into a Sharepoint wiki. The experience has made me a convert to the core ideas of a wiki - ease of link/page creation, metadata, search tools, versioning, ...
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Can IMAP mail be migrated locally without loss of information?

I need to save all of my IMAP mail in an account I have that will be expiring, to my local disk. The problem is that no matter which IMAP backup tool I can find, there is always some loss of ...
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ZIP file with metadata?

Is there any standard way to store metadata (e.g. timestamps) inside ZIP files, along with the files? What program would I need to use in order to do this?
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How to programmatically flip a QuickTime movie metadata attribute from one kind to another

I have about 1,700 QuickTime movie files (some have .mov extension, most do not; it's not important, all are seen by the system as "QuickTime movie" and that's what they are) in an organized folder ...
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How to annotate files - when long filenames are not enough

I work with many files doing general data analysis. Things I want to know about my files include: what data is contained in the file (in long and very long descriptive, english text)? is the file ...
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How can I mirror a Linux directory and back up all metadata?

I need to backup my home folder (and a few other folders) on an organizational Linux NFS system where my account will be expiring soon, onto a personal hard drive (which is not using a Linux ...
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Synchronize music ratings between iTunes and Windows Explorer

I want to synchronize my file ratings between iTunes and Windows Explorer. I have found one utility--Orzeszek Ratings--that synchronizes between iTunes => Windows Media Player => iTunes. However, it ...
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How can I save a Word 2010 document so it has a thumbnail preview image in its metadata?

I would like to save a Word 2010 file so that it has automatically saves a thumbnail image of the first page. These instructions mention how to get Word 2003 to save a thumbnail in the metadata of ...
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How to automatically save a source URL when saving an image in Firefox under Windows?

How could I automatically record the original URL of an image when saving an image from a webpage in Firefox under Windows? The URL could be written, for example, as metadata in the image EXIF. How ...
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Windows Media Player 12 stops importing metadata from large music collections

I'm experiencing a strange issue with Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7. I'm quite sure it has a link with the following two posts: Duckworth's post Loza's post Description of the problem ...
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Generate directory listing with metadata, output to HTML

I'd like to generate an HTML view of my folders, with the ability to add metadata to the items. Things like a description, or other custom tags. Anyone know of a utility for this. Initially I ...
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How do I map the Windows key to meta (for Emacs) in Putty?

How do I map the Windows key to meta (for Emacs) in Putty?
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What's the most time and idiot-proof way to store metadata? [closed]

For example, let's say I keep a bunch of documents, images, videos, and ZIP archives on a remote computer/storage facility (say S3), which I download in a way that strips the files of their creation ...