‘Meta Hoot’: A Free Program to Edit Metadata on QuickTime Files
Metadata are often a trap that separates the professionals who make and take it to the next level from those who burn themselves on jobs for a lack of good organization or of knowledge of good resources to do so.
Fortunately, Brian Gary from MacBreak Studio and Steve Martin from Ripple Training did a nice and short tutorial on how to use the free program Metadata Hootenanny, that allows you to add and edit chapters, tag your movies and add credits as metadata directly on Quick Time files.
What makes this program relevant and interesting for us -editors/filmmakers- is that you no longer need to possess the source files to add or modify the metadata that you will probably need at some point.
And that’s a relief.
Here are the metadata listed on Metahoot’s website that the program allows you to add post-exporting:
- Tags: all the “annotations” that Quicktime uses (Album, Artist, Author, Comment, etc), including many that are not accessible in QuickTime Player, and including language-specific tags (the user sees tag info in his/her own language, after you have added it). Arbitrary custom categories can be used as well, but they are limited to four characters long and starting with ‘©’, e.g. “©IOU.” You can type a © in MacOS with option-g.
- Properties: movie track formats, sizes, lengths, durations, offsets, languages, and many more. External tracks can be added to the movie simply by dragging the files into this view.
- Chapter Tracks: pop-up bookmark-like chapters compatible with QuickTime Player and iLife apps, including language-specific chapters.
- Interactive Sprites: DVD-like menus that are completely contained and natively supported within the QuickTime file structure.
And to conclude, as Steve Martin said, the program is free and can be find here, but if you use it and find it useful, don’t hesitate to donate.