[Shotwell] where to put metadata for import to shotwell
noah.b.beck at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 11:46:34 PST 2011
I have a few thousand pictures I'd like to start importing into some
sort of photo management program, and shotwell looks like a good place
to start. My new Fedora 15 system has version 0.10.1 installed. I
have some JPG images that came from 35mm/scanner, some JPG images that
came from my digital camera (Rebel XT/EOS 350D), and some CR2+JPG
images from that same camera. I've never used the CR2 images before,
but it seems like I should import those to shotwell where I have them,
rather than importing the JPG files.
I have decent shell and perl scripting abilities, and over the years
I've stored a few pieces of metadata in a tab-separated "database"
file that points to some of the images. I would like for shotwell to
recognize these when I import the images, so I don't have to enter it
1) captions: plain-text, sometimes containing an embedded URL (in HTML
<A HREF=""></A> style)
2) "album" groupings: some images are associated with one or more of
what I called picture "albums"
3) location: some sort of geographic name like a city and state
4) date taken: this is of course in the EXIF tags of files from my
digital camera which I assume shotwell will recognize, but I have this
in a separate file for images that came from my 35mm camera
So should I write a one-time script to generate .xmp sidecar files for
each image, containing this metadata I want to preserve? Or should I
use exiftool to push the metadata back into the JPG/CR2 files? And
either way, what are the "standard" four field names that the above
metadata should go into?
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