Reading / writing MP4 metadata

Andrey Goreev aegoreev at
Tue Feb 28 13:58:29 GMT 2017

I would prefer having all the data embedded in the file itself.  In that case I can open the media on any device including mobile devices (Android) and read the metadata e.g. location.
Also, as of today, digiKam cannot read Media Creation Date from mp4 / mov files and uses File Creation Date instead. So now the database is all messed up.
It has been this way for years and I don't believe anything is going to change at exiv2. Still images and video formats are just too different which is why Bento4, Atomic Parsley, Media Info and another projects were born.

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-------- Original message --------From: Remco Viëtor <remco.vietor at> Date: 2017-02-27  11:55 PM  (GMT-07:00) To: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the power of open source <digikam-users at> Subject: Re: Reading / writing MP4 metadata 

On mardi 28 février 2017 05:44:23 CET Andrey Goreev wrote:
> Hello digiKam developers,
> I was wondering if this tool can be integrated in digiKam:
> Looks like it can extract and insert all sorts of metadata including GPS
> location to/from mp4 files.
> See the last post in this thread:
> Please let me know your thoughts.
> AG
Looking a bit at this (as exiftool is not really relevant for Digikam) I found this: (about 5 years old). Looks like video metadata is even more of a mess than the photo metadata ('makernote'...).
And that project only used video directly from camera's (so no transcoding to other formats/containers):
Also, do you really want to write into (possibly unique) video files (eq. to photo RAW images), or could a sidecar XMP do the trick? I guess that comes down to asking how often you use those metadata *outside* of digikam.
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