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Questions about ExifTool, a popular, free, open-source command-line tool for reading and writing image metadata.

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Exiftool renames using tags that may not exist?

I have a camera that uses a SequenceNumber tag. I have another camera that uses a FileNumber tag. Both of these tags essentially give a file a unique number when multiple shots are captured in a burst....
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Calculate bounding box coordinates from EXIF data

I am very much a newbie to this field and I am having problems understanding the mathematical equations given in some of the related questions on other exchange websites. Basically I want to calculate ...
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Interpreting EXIF GPSYaw values

I have been extracting the geographic information from a number of photographs. This spatial information is stored in the photograph's exif data. Part of the data I am extracting is the GPSRoll, ...
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Which tag to set in exiftool (for videos) in order to keep timestamps persistant for display on a (Android) mobile device? [closed]

I recently backed up pictures and videos from my Android mobile phone using GoodSync in order to keep the correct timestamps in Windows. However, I realised that a large amount of files didn't have ...
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Preserving Recovered Images: What is stored in the "UserComment" EXIF tag?

Background Hello, I was able to recover some images from a broken hard drive. Some of the images seem to have some binary data in the UserComment tag and I was wondering if it could be Lat/Long data? ...
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How can I get ExifTool to create an IPTC section when copying composite tags?

I have a bunch of image files of scanned slides with valid Exif timestamps for when the slide was taken (DateTimeOriginal tag) and when it was scanned into digital form (CreateDate tag, aka ...
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Creating missing EXIF header

EXIFtool can manipulate EXIF headers, but can it create EXIF headers for images which are missing EXIF header as a whole? If so, what is the syntax? To further clarify, how do you add EXIF data to ...
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Copying all photos with EXIF Rating >= 4 using ExifTool

I have used EXIF's Rating interval for ranking photos in my collection. My photo collection is organized in directories in the form YYYY/YYYY-MM-DD Description/Filename.jpg, e.g. 2020/2020-12-31 New ...
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Is there a way to know which camera captured images?

I am a medical researcher, doing research on some medical images. I have some JPEG images, and for a study, I need to include the information on the camera type used to capture those images. Is that ...
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ExifTool does not extract corrupted EXIF metadata from jpeg file. How to repair it?

The image viewer nomacs offers a quick way to add image notes via Exif.Image.ImageDescription metadata. After having edited the form for my-image.jpg, I can see this property in nomacs and Thunar (...
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Exiftool GPS tagging from lat/long works partially but it's always missing a timezone (which I think is the reason it gets actual pos wrong)

I have a GPS file containing data such as <trkpt lat="56.9359839838" lon="-4.4651045874"> <ele>30.42</ele> <time>2021-03-30T20:09:56Z</time> &...
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How can I edit EXIF Data based on the filename?

I've moved all the photos from my phone to PC (something that I did multiple times along the years from multiple phones) and the date taken is different from the actual date or doesn't exist at all (...
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ExifTool command (Windows 10) to move files to a separate directory if the modified-date is later than the date-taken

I'm very new to this, please be gentle. My aim is to identify, and separate, original (unamended) photos, from several thousands of amended photos. Often with the same name but different directory. ...
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Should I care about duplicates with different metadata?

I'm in photo-backup-deduplication hell. Thousands of folders organised in a different way, backups of backups of backups. There's no easy way to know what's latest/more important. I'm using dupeGuru ...
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Change EXIF and/or Creation date based on folder name

I have lots of photos with non-existent exif dates where the write date is not correct. The original dates disappeared during a hard drive replacement. But they are in folders with the correct date. ...
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Exiftool: batch change date to year specified in directory name

I have my old scanned photographs sorted in folders named by the year they were probably taken (1970, 1971 etc); the folder names are just the plain years without any other text. Is it possible to let ...
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How do I change only the year in the metadata using ExifTool, for a batch of files?

Have a few thousand tiff photos I’ve scanned in over the past few years into Lightroom Classic. For reasons I won’t go into here since not relevant to the question, I’d like to change the year for all ...
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Exiftool drops some EXIF tags [closed]

I am trying to copy all the exif information from Canon *.MOV video files into my *.m4a audio files. But some EXIF tags are missing: ffmpeg -i MVI_5918.MOV -vn -ac 1 MVI_5918_p1_mono.m4a exiftool -...
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Changing Date on large numbers of scanned files

I have thousands of scanned photos and would like to change the EXIF data to have the proper dates. I can do this all with exiftool, but am looking for a way to process the files after I have ...
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How do I use exiftool to strip all exif tags except rotation?

I need the exact opposite of How to remove orientation attribute from the photo without touching other exif-data? I want to keep the EXIF rotation data, but I want to strip the rest of the data. ...
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Transfer EXIF data from Android to Windows

I have taken over 500 photos on my recent journey and I'd love to code a program that allows me to access the GPS location of every photo and, through GMaps API, show me where the photo was taken. ...
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How to set a randomised creation date on multiple images on a specific year with Exiftool?

I have multiple images that have been scanned from 6x4 prints, not knowing when the photo has been taken, most of the photos have not been taken on a particular event, but knows the year taken. A one ...
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How to make a JPG files DCF compatible? (command line)

At the moment I use Sony’s Imaging Edge Desktop to make individual photos viewable in camera. However, this is cumbersome if there are many pictures. How can it be done from the command line? ...
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Why might an EXIF DateTimeOriginal be later than photo capture?

As it says in the title, assuming no hacking/malicious editing of EXIF. In my case DateTimeDigitized and DateTimeOriginal are the same if that makes any difference to the potential reasons.
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Using exiftool to import date, gps and tags from xmp files

Not sure if this can be achieved with exiftool or if there's a better alternative... I've exported a big amount of pictures from iPhoto and apparently apple exports original file with a sidecar XMP ...
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How can I rename filename with modified date and number count with Exiftool? (Mac)

Trying to switch to Exiftool from jhead to rename more filetypes other than jpg & jpeg. Whats the script for exiftool to convert from jhead: jhead -n"%Y_%m_%d-newname-%04i" *.jpg output: ...
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Add Geotags to photos from GPX track [duplicate]

What's the best way to add geotags to photos if I have a GPX file with my location track? I don't have lightroom and I'm on a Mac.
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Rename DNG and associated JPG in one go

I have a folder full of DNG and JPG files like IMGP0001.DNG IMGP0001.JPG and I want to rename them to 20190725-133012-IMGP0001.dng 20190725-133012-IMGP0001.jpg respectively. I am currently using ...
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Why doesn't Lightroom load files after I've changed their camera model metadata using EXIFTOOL?

I shoot with Fuji (.RAF). I am currently having issues in changing camera model on Mac. I tried using the command line exiftool -Model="..." <filename>.raf It says the file was updated, but ...
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Exif tag for png files that will be recognized by google photos as date taken

I am trying to upload several png files (screenshots) to google photos. As PNG does not have DateTimeOriginal tag, I have used CreationTime tag to store the date taken information copied from the date ...
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How can I detect if two files are actually the same image? [duplicate]

Let's assume a JPG file (or any other image/video file format), that I duplicate the file, and I modify the tags on the copy. Is there a way to verify that the image inside both JPG files is actually ...
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exiftool - rename using model only - not maker

I want to rename my files to include the camera model, but the full tag includes the make as well. exiftool.exe -d %Y-%m-%d_%H%M%%-c.%%e "-filename<${model;}_$CreateDate" -r DIRECTORY Creates: ...
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Can anyone tell me which cameras populate sub-second EXIF information?

I see the EXIF standard has a SubsecTimeOriginal field, but the sample photos I've tried looking at don't seem to have populated the field. Or maybe the tooling I'm using (GIMP, exiftool, PHP's ...
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What is the proper formatting of the Subject Tag in XMP?

My intention is to assign tags to each image based on the content in the image.For example This image can be be assigned tags Tulips,Flower etc So can i assign subject like tulips,flower and so on ...
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Where to store scene label information about a photo (e.g., "nature", "cat", etc.)?

I want to tag some images. I'm wondering which is the right place in the EXIF to store specific information about the scene. For example: Cat, Nature, etc.
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Can the date a jpeg was created be wrong -- too early?

I have a set of jpeg photos that, according to the person who gave them to me, were taken in November 2016, of damages to a car that occurred in August 2016. The "created" date in the exif data is in ...
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Check if digital picture was taken today?

We're working on an app that registers the gasoline price at a gas station. We enter that information through digital pictures our clients send us; for example, Bob sent us a picture taken today from ...
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How can I use exiftool to conditionally modify tags?

I have used different Olympus digicams, but the "Make" EXIF field is not consistent in their images. This means certain image management software groups them into different manufacturers, such as "...
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How to batch identify and keyword bracketed photos?

I would like to batch identify and keyword photos that have been shot with the bracket mode on the Fuji XT2 (although I'm sure this applies to other Fuji cameras) to potentially use in HDRs. When I ...
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How to use ExifTool to copy metadata from a group of PNGs to JPGs with the same base filenames?

I have a bunch of PNGs, which were sourced from scanned photographs with a creative-historical context. I converted them to JPGs so that I could write the DateTimeOriginal tag to them using ExifTool ...
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Can two AV files share one sidecar file? [closed]

Is it possible for two AV files to share one sidecar file? Scenario: An Apple Live Photo is made up of an image file (JPG) and a video file (MOV), and they share the same base name, e.g., IMG_1000....
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Can ExifTool be used to read files stored online?

I store some of my photos on a web server, and I'd like to be able to read the metadata with ExifTool. Is it possible to use ExifTool to connect to files that are otherwise accessible online via ...
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Why is the field of view angle from exiftool different from Apple's official values?

I have two series of photos shot on my iphone 6s on 10.3.2. The first series is in the regular frame, and the second series is in the "square" frame. I'm using exiftool 11.01 on macOS 10.11.6. From ...
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Which color space is used by my iPhone 8 photos?

While my old iPad mini photos say their color space is sRGB, my new iPhone 8 photos tell me their color space is "65535" ("unknown value"). Some sources say this value means "uncalibrated", but that ...
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How to copy EXIF metadata on Android from one photo to another?

I'm looking for a way to copy some (say date, location, camera) or all EXIF metadata from one image to another image on Android, so I can restore metadata deleted by some photo editing apps. I ...
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Replacing dates of a set to the earliest day using exiftool

I am looking for a way to use exiftool to extract the date of creation from the pictures in a directory and just in case they differ, use the earliest date. The application case is a concert that runs ...
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Writing missing/incorrect Date Tags based on FileName in ExifTool?

I'm using Linux Mint and have about 2,000 images which have either incorrect or missing EXIF Date tags. I would like to use the date contained in the filename to write the tags. I've spent a few hours ...
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Filter or plugin that replaces special characters?

My agency believes that special characters are a bad thing (since there were compatibility problems between Mac and Windows in the (ancient) past). So rather than submitting pictures with keywords, ...
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How accurate are the GPS coordinates in an exif from an Iphone photo and does the exif tag also provide the bearing? [closed]

I am curious about the accuracy of gps data from a regular iphone 7. I am conducting field research and looking for an accuracy of about 10 meters. If that is not possible with the regular photos ...
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How to use user-provided variables with ExifTool?

I would like to rename my photos using exiftool. This is my desired folder structure: YYYY/ MM/ EVENT/ YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.ext Here is an example script for what I would like to do: echo '...
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