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Batch editing IPTC metadata - this is so ridiculously convoluted

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  • SFA
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    You could investigate a couple of other options.

     

    For a single field make the required entry in one image.  Ensure the Metadata tool is visible and expanded to show that field on screen for the edited image. With all of the other images/variants (that require the same field) selected, "drag" them to the required entry and release - all should be updated.

    This will probably work quite effectively for up to 2 or 3 fields per group but if you have a lot of images or a lot of fields it may be worth considering using the first image's field values to create a "Style" (just of the metadata you need) and then apply the style to the rest of the images.

    There is a keyboard shortcut for "Copy and Apply" when using the Clipboard tool 

     

    When using the Metadata tool, if ticks are visible for certain fields the data is already available in the clipboard and can be applied. The data persists until it is replaced with something else.

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  • LVS

    If you have common metadata that you wand on every image then you can add these during Import by specifying a Style (as mentioned above). Then you would just need to add a Description to the images you select, the drag and drop method above would work well in this scenario as you're only updating a single field.

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  • Martin Tolley

    Use PhotoMechanic. It's not cheap if you're a hobbyist but it does all you've taken days to achieve In a matter of moments. It also allows GPS editing and management, exporting to a defined overall maximum file size, direct uploading to web galleries and sites, all of which are frequent requirements for the work I do.

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  • Keith Walter

    SFA - I don't know if there's a step missing from your solution, but I couldn't get it to work

    Martin Tollley - I'm looking at how PhotoMechanic might fit into my workload now. I shouldn't have to though, as Captioning a picture is essential and should be the most important part of any workflow

    Maybe I'll just go back to using Lightroom CC

    Does anyone fancy buying a C1 license for 2023?

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  • Jerry C

    Capture One in its effort to give you a variety of ways and combinations of ways to do the same thing, sometimes sends you off into the weeds.There is a simpler way to tag a series of images with the same metadata:

    Select the images, including the source (the image with the metadata you wish to apply to the images selected). Select the source image by clicking on it if it is not already selected as the image to copy.

    Hold down Shift and click the double arrow next to Metadata. The IPTC data in the source image is copied to all the other images.

    If you want to unselect the metadata to copy, just click on the double arrow and uncheck the boxes displayed on the Adjustments Clipboard popup window and then click Apply.

    Although, you can use Copy to select the metadata you want to copy from a source image and then separately select the images to apply the metadata and click the Apply arrow at the top left of the main screen, this seems unduly complex.

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  • Keith Walter

    That would be great Jerry, if it worked, but it doesn't :-(

    I don't know if it will only work with certain bits of metadata (I'm concentrating on IPTC Description)

    or the move to Apple chips (M1 Max) has broken it, or the latest C1 2023 Pro has, but the only way I can get it to work is the method I described above

     

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  • Jerry C

    Sorry to hear that, Keith. I tested it with Ventura 13.2.1 on a 2017 3GHz 10 Core Intel Xeon W iMac Pro with Radeon Pro Vega 64 16GB GPU and 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM running Capture One 16.0.2 with hardware acceleration off for display and processing. I tested it with several IPTC metadata fields populated. 

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  • Keith Walter

    I reckon the switch to Apple M1 has broken it. It seems much more reliable and predictable if run under Rosetta

    I don't know exactly what they've done in the latest version, out today, but it's jumped from 39.4 Mb to 1.07 GB

    Crikey!

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  • Olof Forsberg

    Keith, I fully agree with you. This is one of the few things I miss from LR. What I can share and recommend is a software called Houdah Geo. Main gap it fills is to set GPS coordinates. However it can also be used for setting other ITPC data. And software is pretty cheap.

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  • Keith Walter

    Thanks, Olof - that sounds interesting, I'll take a look

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