Add metadata

Metadata is a valuable component of web media. Accurate and complete metadata helps you and other users successfully search and categorize media. In Microsoft Expression Encoder, you can enter metadata in many categories, and also read the existing metadata in any media that you import. By default, the Metadata category (in the Metadata panel) displays the Title, Author, Copyright, Rating, Credits, and Description boxes, but you can expand the list to show other metadata that you can enter. You can also add any number of custom metadata fields, or decide which ones will show by default.

When you save the file, Expression Encoder embeds the metadata in the file header.

If you save the job, in the resulting job file, Expression Encoder stores the metadata attributes in name value pairs as a child of the MediaFile element, as in the following example:

  Value="The Bear" />
  Value="EVM" />
  Value="2008" />

For more information, see Save job files.

  1. In the Media Content panel, select the videos to which you want to add metadata.

  2. If you can't see the Metadata category on the right side of the application window, on the Window menu, click Metadata to open the Metadata panel. If Metadata is already selected, but you still can't see the Metadata category, on the right side of the application window, click the Metadata tab.

  3. Click Show/Hide advanced propertiesCc294542.2f8a79a9-68d2-4878-8b75-c76ceb921b3b(en-us,Expression.30).png to expand or collapse the list of metadata. The default list of Title, Author, Copyright, Rating, Credits, and Description boxes is always visible, unless you collapse the category.

  4. Click inside any box to type text.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. Click Metadata attributes.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To create a custom attribute, click Add and type the name of the attribute.

    • To change the name of an attribute, select an attribute from the list and click Edit. Type a new attribute name.

    • To delete an attribute, select one from the list and click Remove.

  4. Click OK.

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