Managing Metadata

The Metadata tool enables you to view camera (EXIF) data and add certain IPTC data to your images, prior to output.


Metadata can be very useful when organizing photos or used to simply brand images with some indications of the image type or photo creator. You can set up your own metadata stamps (e.g. copyright, client profiles) and apply these to multiple images. It is also possible to create your own Metadata Presets (a collection of values).

Add metadata by inserting keywords in the Metadata tab. Alternatively, add metadata to images by applying a Style or a Preset. Metadata Presets can be applied as a Style containing a number of presets, or as one preset containing metadata from one metadata category.

Create a metadata preset

There is no limit to the number of saved metadata presets. It is possible to apply any number of presets to any number of images, referred to as Stacked Presets. See Styles & Presets.

  1. Go to the Metadata tab and insert keywords and info into one or more of the metadata categories.
  2. Click on the small preset icon and select Save User Preset. The Save Preset window will open. Note, the Save Preset dialog box enables users to uncheck specific metadata details that you want stripped from an image (see below for details on stripping metadata).
  3. Uncheck any unwanted metadata values and press the Save button. The Save Dialog will open.
  4. Name and save the Preset.
  5. You have now created a Metadata Preset.

Strip specific metadata from output files

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab and click the Metadata tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  2. Uncheck the metadata categories you do not want to include in the output file.
  3. Your current Process recipe is now updated, containing the checked categories only.

Manually or automatically add Getty Images metadata fields

  1. From the Metadata Tool Tab, go to the Getty Images section.
  2. Alternatively, click on the Manage Presets icon and select the Import Preset… option.
  3. Now it is possible to select any relevant (.txt etc) file to automatically add metadata info.

Activate or deselect auto sync sidecar XMP

  1. Go to Capture One (in the top menu bar) and select Preferences. Click on the Image icon in the Preferences dialog box. Now choose one of the three options from the Auto Sync Sidecar XMP drop down menu (in the Metadata section).

Note: To quickly reload or Sync Metadata, select the Metadata tool and click on the action menu (three dots) icon and choose one of the two (reload or sync) options.

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Metadata is stored in the Capture One settings file and can be embedded in the output file (e.g. JPG) if desired. You can change the Basic metadata such as the filename, rating, caption and copyright. You can also set Caption and Copyright information when importing photos. This saves time when you need to process a batch of photos or produce a Web Contact Sheet. In some cases, you might want to strip metadata from an output file and this can easily be achieved by creating a Process recipe.

If you have metadata related to a raw file in a standard metadata format like XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) then Capture One will automatically reload the metadata and merge the .XMP sidecar with the metadata already created in Capture One.

Capture One can read and store metadata in the following four formats: Embedded EXIF, Embedded IPTC-IIM, Embedded XMP and .XMP Sidecar file – these four types of metadata will be automatically updated and read.

Reloading and auto load

View any changes made to metadata in an external application (e.g. Media Pro) by pressing Reload in the Metadata tool’s action menu.

You can set Capture One to auto load metadata by checking the Auto load checkbox in Preferences>Image>Metadata. You also can also sync the metadata between the Variant and the XMP sidecar. If no preferred sync option is checked the software will use the sidecar values. Otherwise the embedded Capture One values will be applied.

Text completions

Capture One has a text completion function for all Metadata (text) fields. Capture One remembers text that a user has previously entered for each field in the Metadata Inspector. The text will be saved to User Defaults.

Previously entered text will appear in a popup list when a user is editing field text. Press the return key to select the text.

Go to the action menu (three dots) icon and select Reset Metadata Completions to clear any previously entered text. (Warning: This action cannot be undone).