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Offline Massimo

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Sync of metadata between two different computers
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:58:56 pm »
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a solution to synchronize the metadata (keywords, captions, stars rating, color rating etc.) applied on folders located on laptop and the same folders located on studio workstation.
Files could JPG, RAW (NEF)
I usually write metadata on travel and I need to send by email a lightweight file to the studio to apply the metadata to the same files that are on the workstation.
Thanks for your help

Kind regards
Massimo

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Re: Sync of metadata between two different computers
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 06:06:32 pm »
Massimo

I'm looking for a solution to synchronize the metadata (keywords, captions, stars rating, color rating etc.) applied on folders located on laptop and the same folders located on studio workstation.
Files could JPG, RAW (NEF)
I usually write metadata on travel and I need to send by email a lightweight file to the studio to apply the metadata to the same files that are on the workstation.

For a true sync, you should use something like rsync which is the industry standard for synchronizing a folder hierarchy from one disk to another.  There are even some user-friendly versions available: http://www.opbyte.it/grsync/

But if you don't need all of the file times to be identical and you just want your edits, you could use the Text exporter template to create a tab-separated text file with the filename as the first item on a line, followed by tab/value pairs.  Then you would email this text file to your other computer and use Code Replacement and the IPTC Stationery Pad to transfer your metadata over to the files on the other computer.

http://wiki.camerabits.com/en/index.php/User_Manual_Flat_View#Export_Text
http://wiki.camerabits.com/en/index.php/User_Manual_Flat_View#Code_Replacement
http://wiki.camerabits.com/en/index.php/User_Manual_Flat_View#IPTC_Stationery_Pad

It's not trivial to explain how to do it.  We have no specific 'metadata' transfer feature in Photo Mechanic.  If you can get your laptop and your desktop computer on the same network, rsync is quite automatic, thorough, and fantastic.

-Kirk

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Re: Sync of metadata between two different computers
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 04:43:00 am »
Thank you Kirk, I will explore the options you advice. Have a nice day!
Massimo