Author Topic: Sidecar files  (Read 1362 times)

billscully@me.com

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Sidecar files
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:46:28 PM »
When extracting metadata from media files that also use sidecar files (e.g., .MXF files in VIDEO folder and XMP/XML files in CLIP folder) is it sufficient to only specify the image file and depend upo EXIF to locate and extract from sidecar.  Or, should I also explicitly extract from sidecar files?

Thank you,
Bill

Phil Harvey

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Re: Sidecar files
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 03:15:36 PM »
Hi Bill,

ExifTool extracts information from the file you tell it.  There is no sidecar logic built in.  This page may provide some useful information.

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...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 ($).

billscully@me.com

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Re: Sidecar files
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 04:05:28 PM »
Thank you, Phil.  I have modified my metadata extraction program to first extract from the media file and then extract from sidecar file(s).  I skip metadata in sidecar files that exists in media file.  I use the complete tag to look for matches. 

Thanks, again.

Bill