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Remove metadata from AVI/MP3 files

Started by Guzman, November 27, 2019, 02:01:36 PM

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How could I delete metadata (Artist, Comments, Copyright, Engineer, Keywords, etc.) from MP3 and AVI files?

Phil Harvey

I suppose you already know that ExifTool can't do this.  I don't know much about the capabilities of other metadata editors, so I can't help here.

- Phil
...where DIR is the name of a directory/folder containing the images.  On Mac/Linux, use single quotes (') instead of double quotes (") around arguments containing a dollar sign ($).


For AVIs, your best bet is FFMpeg. See this SuperUser answer for details.

You can also use for MP3s (see this [StackOverflow answer), but there are probably better tools that specifically deal with MP3s.   I often seen mp3tag mentioned when it comes to dealing with MP3 metadata.  Additionally, Windows can be used to clear metadata from some files, right-click -> Properties -> Details tab -> Remove Properties and Personal Information
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