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  • Oliver Peters

    August 24, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Is it possible to insert embedded QT metadata into a .mov file without transcoding/exporting that file?

    – Oliver

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  • Merlin Vandenbossche

    August 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I was immediately thinking of cinedeck (, which can insert edit into files based exports without re-exporting. Maybe it can also add metadata? I am also thinking of kyno right now, which can also add metadata to files. Not sure though if it can only do that in its own library or as a sidecar.

    But tbh, maybe even prelude/premiere pro works? I remember a workflow once where we added markers to .mov files on the server and those would be “saved” onto the quicktime files themselves (no xmp) for use by others. Some metadata can be added to files instead of on a project basis (check the metadata panel) and .mov can store metadata without sidecars. Maybe you are in luck.

  • Oliver Peters

    August 24, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks. I figured out a simpler method. What seems to work is to turn on the Finder column for Comments (macOS). If you open the Get Info panel for a file, you can add whatever text comments you like. That will show up in the Comments column. If you move the file to another drive or folder, those comments will follow.

    – Oliver

    Oliver Peters –

  • nick ring

    August 24, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    The guys at Ripple Training had a MacBreak Studio video (MBS 485: Exporting without Re-encoding in Compressor (youtube link)) about updating chapter marker info without having to re-encode. The trick is selecting “Enable video pass-through” in the inspector in Compressor. I imagine this could work with other video metadata, but I haven’t tested it myself.


  • Robert Olding

    August 25, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    I’m not sure if this is something that will work for you but give the application A Better Finder Attributes a try. It can change most of the metadata on any file you can throw at it. I just used it last evening on files from a MOS two camera shoot (iPhone 11 and a URSA Mini 4.6K). The URSA hadn’t been turned on in the last few months and its internal clock had drifted in the rears by 32 days. I usually connect it to a computer and use Blackmagic Camera Setup to sync its clock but forgot to before this shoot.

    Anyway, A Better Finder Attributes changed the creation date and time on the files without having to render new files.

    Robert Olding

    Studio Eight | Director of Photography
    Minneapolis, MN

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