When you copy your media files from one source to another, the metadata of these files may not be copied over as well. Also, when you download media files over the internet, there is a chance that these files do not have the correct metadata. This makes it difficult for the file manager to sort these files and you will have a hard time managing your media files.
Here I shall discuss how you can edit video metadata in Windows 10.
- 1 What Is Metadata?
- 2 How To Edit Video Metadata In Windows 10?
- 3 How To Edit Properties Of Mp3 Files In Windows 10?
- 4 Edit Audio Metadata Using Groove Music
- 5 Advanced Metadata Editor Windows 10
- 6 Wrapping Up
What Is Metadata?
Do you notice the artist, track number and other details that show up near the taskbar when you click on a media file? These are actually a part of the metadata. Metadata refers to the data “about” the media or other files. Although there are many different types of metadata, in the essence metadata is the detailed resource description.
There are many different elements in the metadata, like the title, author, track number, album, copyright information, contact information, etc. All these are very important for the files as well, as when the computer is unable to transcribe what is in the file it will pull the necessary information from the metadata.
How To Edit Video Metadata In Windows 10?
In Windows 10, there is built-in support for editing video metadata in the File Explorer itself. Simply follow these steps to edit the video information from the File Explorer:
- Open the File Explorer. You can use the keyboard shortcut Win + E.
- Go to the location of the video for which you wish to edit the metadata.
- Locate your video and right-click on it.
- Select Properties from the revealed context menu.
- Go to the Details tab.
- Here, you will find the metadata description for the video file that you selected. Click on the appropriate field to edit the value, and edit the video metadata for the file according to your liking.
This is by far the easiest way to edit the metadata of any video in Windows 10. You will find the descriptions matching the data right next to the field, which will make it easier for you to find and change data accordingly.
How To Edit Properties Of Mp3 Files In Windows 10?
Similar to the videos, your music files also have metadata saved onto them. This makes it easier for the music player to sort the music according to the different properties like the album, date, length, etc.
There is a built-in metadata editor in Windows 10 that many of us seem to be forgetting about. The Windows Media Player was one of the best media streaming tools in Windows 7, which can be used to edit the music info easily. Simply follow these steps for the same:
- Copy or move the audio files whose metadata you wish to edit, to the Libraries > Music
Note: This is not necessary, but makes it easier to find the music files in Windows media player.
- Open the Windows Media Player from the Start menu. You will find the icon under Windows Accessories.
- In the Windows Media Player, click on Music from the left pane.
This will show you the list of audio files that you added to the Music folder in Step 1.
- Under the Album column, you will see the Album, Artist, Genre and Year listed next to the album art.
- Right-click on these elements to reveal the context menu and click on Edit from there.
This will allow you to edit the music information.
- Next, right-click on the Contributing artist and the Composer columns and click on Edit from the context menu.
Edit the values for these columns as well.
Here are how we edited the blank metadata of an audio file using the Windows Media Player.
Edit Audio Metadata Using Groove Music
In Windows 10, Groove Music is the default music application. Although it is far from being the “best” music player, it gets the job done. Moreover, you can edit audio metadata using the app as well.
Open the Groove music application and load the music on the My Music playlist. Now, simply right-click on any song for which you wish to edit the metadata and click on Edit info from the context menu.
Can’t Edit Video Metadata In Windows 10
Some users have reported that they get an error message that says the video is read-only. In such situations, you might need to edit the permissions that you have for the file. Check out how to take ownership of a folder here.
Advanced Metadata Editor Windows 10
If you need more control over the metadata information, you will have to take the help of third-party software. This is actually very helpful for content creators who want finer control over the metadata that is written on a file. Users can also edit the copyright information that will prevent illegal reproduction of their work over the internet.
Here are some video editors that you can use to edit the properties of the audio and video files:
We have actually talked a little about Lightworks in our article that lists some free and easy to use GoPro video editing software for Windows 10. Lightworks is a non-linear video editor for Windows that is actually used by professionals for creating movies as well.
UniConverter by Wondershare is a video converter in its root, but it has an added feature where the users can check and edit the Metadata of a file. This feature can be accessed from the Toolbox feature and you will find detailed information about how to access this on the downloads page.
Open Shot is a basic video editor for Windows and other operating systems. Although there are many features absent from the editor, the application is a very potent metadata editor. If you do not wish to edit the video professionally and only need to edit the metadata title, you can give Open Shot a try.
So, there you have it. This was a complete guide on how you can edit video metadata in Windows 10. Do comment below if you found this useful and to discuss further the same.