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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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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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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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How can I strip tags from a JPEG without removing the color profile?

For a while now I have used exiftool to strip away unnecessary metadata from jpg files (and to add copyright information) before uploading them: exiftool -all= image.jpg However, today I noticed ...
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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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When is each of these EXIF date & time variables created, and in what circumstances do they change?

Analyzing various EXIF data, one noticed there are several date and time data inside. [File] from what I understand is system data, just displayed there for convenience, not really part of EXIF data (...
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How can I incrementally date photos?

I have a collection of photos that have no date information. They have no Exif data, and the file modification dates are all identical. The only sequence is in the file name: image-0001.jpg, image-...
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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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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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How to determine film size from smartphone image exif data?

I took an image from my phone and got its exif data below. It was a samsung note 4, which uses a 35mm film size (24x36) with a 43.27 diagonal. But what I am trying to figure out is the sensor diagonal ...
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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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Search large collection of images for exif tags without lightroom/aperture etc

Is there a way, possibly using exiftool, to quickly search an entire directory or disk of images for a certain exif/XMP/IPTC tag and maybe even give a summary of what the collection contains (...
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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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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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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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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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How do I update Lightroom metadata after using ExifTool without wiping my edits?

I had to change the date/time of my photos to + 3.5 hours with ExifTool because Lightroom didn't allow me to input half an hour… I was using "exiftool -AllDates+=3.5" which is working nicely but ...
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Is "Date Taken" Exif data possible on .PNG file, and is it possible to copy "Date Modified" to "Date Taken"?

I want to change the Exif data for some .PNG files so that they have the "Date Taken" tag. Is it possible to use that tag on .PNG files? Is it possible to copy the "Date Modified" date to the "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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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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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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How can I geotag images with location data in a CSV file?

I have a few folders of .JPG images that I need to geo-tag. I don't have a .GPX file or anything else that will let me use my usual tools (Geosetter or Photo Mechanic) to geotag the images, but I do ...
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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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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 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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What is the correct, standard EXIF metadata to add for Rokinon 8mm fisheye lenses?

I own a Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount. This is a manual lens not electrically connect to the Canon 60D body I use it with. With exiftool I want to add the correct ...
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How to edit the shutter speed value in metadata?

I found ExifTool, which allows you to edit almost any piece of metadata from the command line. However if you try to edit the shutter speed (using exiftool file.tif -shutterspeed=1/200), it simply ...
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How to add EXIF Lens data in Lightroom for unknown lens?

One of my prime lenses is non-electronic and so the photos EXIF data does not include any lens information. These show up in Lightroom 4.3 as "Unknown". I see no way through Lightroom to add this ...
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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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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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Is there a way to check whether the image has been modified with Exiftool?

Using Exiftool, is there a way to check whether the image has been modified in any way, by say, comparing the dates in EXIF data? I was thinking something along the lines of comparing shooting date ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...