What is Metadata and How to Edit Video/Audio Metadata

by Christine Smith • Jul 23,2019 • Proven solutions

Metadata is important for our video, audio, and image files, you can edit it to change your file formats or quality so that to make your files much better. A number of times, the need arises to edit the metadata of video and audio files. In the following parts, we will discuss what is metadata and why is metadata important, metadata types and the best tool to edit metadata.

Part 1. What is Metadata?

In the simplest terms, Metadata is defined as the data that provides information about other data. Metadata enables easy finding and working with a particular type of data as it summarizes the basic information about the data. Metadata can be used for file documentation, videos, audios, web pages spreadsheets, and other documents. Metadata is generally created automatically but if needed they can be edited using a professional tool.

Video Metadata:

Video Metadata is defined as the information in text format that comes along with a video file. The need for video metadata becomes even more important as the video file does not contain any textual keywords like a document. A video metadata can be attached to a file and include information like the file size, the format of the file, subtitle information, copyright information, and others. Video metadata can be collected automatically or can also be written manually. Video metadata offers a better understanding of the file content to the search engines which makes it easy for the users to look out for the desired videos. For instance, a video on YouTube with proper information about the artists, genre, format, and others will help the search engine and users to locate it.

Music metadata:

Music metadata is also known as ID3 metadata and it contains all the information present in the audio file. The metadata in a music file facilitates identifying the content in a better manner. For instance, if your device displays the details of the music file when it is being played, it becomes easier to identify the track. Some information included in music metadata is the title of the track, album name, name of the artists or the band, music genre, track number on the album, released date of the song, and others. The two common metadata systems used for tagging MP3 files are ID3v1 and ID3v2.

Image Metadata:

An image or photo metadata is defined as the information that comes along with the image file. This information can either be embedded into the file itself or come along with a separate file that is associated. This metadata information is transported in a manner so that it can be easily understood by the end users, software, and hardware. The image metadata can be automatically created by the capturing device or it can also be entered manually. There are two major places where the metadata is stored- internally in the formats like TIFF and JPEG and externally in a digital asset management system, or by XMP, or as XML based news exchange format file. In order to catalog and contextualize the visual content, image metadata proves to be very useful. Protection of intellectual property is another area where image metadata proves helpful.

Part 2. How to Edit Video/Music Metadata with Best Metadata Editor

In the above part, we have discussed the importance of video and music metadata. To edit the metadata for your video/audio files, a good metadata editor is needed. We recommend Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) for this task, as the program is reliable and comes loaded with high-end features. The program supports over 1000+ types of video and audio file formats for editing their metadata and other functions. Additional features include video conversion, video download from more than 10,000 sites, video recording, video transfer, disc burning, and others. Using the tool, an array of metadata information for a video or an audio file can be edited like album name, artist, year type, track release date, actor, director, episode name, and others.


Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) - Your Complete Video Toolbox

  • Edit video/audio metadata such as episode name, actor, director, episode name, and more others.
  • Support 1000+ video and audio formats for editing and playing.
  • Edit video/audio files with more features including cropping, trimming, apply effects, adding watermarks, etc.
  • Convert video/audio formats easily as you like.
  • Download/record videos from YouTube and other 10,000+ video sharing sites by pasting URL.
  • Burn video/audio files to DVD/CD with super fast speed and high-quality output.
  • Versatile toolbox combines video compressor, GIF maker, cast video to TV, and screen recorder.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6.

Steps on how to edit metadata using Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate):

Step 1 Run Wondershare metadata editor and choose the option to edit metadata

Download, install and open Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) on your PC or Mac. Select the Toolbox tab from the main interface and then click on the Fix Media Metadata option under the Media Tools.

launch Wondershare metadata editor

Step 2 Choose video/audio file

A new pop-up Fix Media Metadata window will open. Click on the Choose File browsing button to search and add desired video or audio file from your PC for which you wish to edit the information.

add video/audio files to edit metadata

Step 3 Edit information and save changes

After the video/audio file is added to the program, its available information will be shown on the window. Here depending on the audio or the video file that you have added, you can edit all the available information.

change video/audio metadata

Once all changes are done, click on the Save button to confirm. The edited information will be updated to your original file.

If you want to learn how to trim/crop/rotate/add watermarks/apply effects to your videos, you can go to learn the steps about How to Edit Videos with Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) >>. With the simple steps and quick process, Wondershare video metadata editor can be termed as one of the best metadata management tools.

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