Display and change clip metadata

Information about your source media files, information recorded by the camera, and descriptive information about a clip are called metadata. In Final Cut Pro, you can create your own combinations of metadata to display with your clips, called metadata views. You can either create new metadata views or modify the ones that come with Final Cut Pro.

In Final Cut Pro, you work with three types of metadata:

  • Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data: Information recorded by the camera and stored in the media at the time it was shot, such as camera make and model, file size, color profile, and bits per sample.

  • International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) data: Standardized data used by media organizations to embed keywords, captions, copyright notices, and other information in the media files themselves.

  • Final Cut Pro metadata: Data you apply to clips within Final Cut Pro, such as clip name, ratings, and keywords.

You can use the Info inspector to view and change the metadata for a clip or group of clips selected in the Browser or Timeline.

Info inspector with Info button at top

The Share inspector also displays metadata that is exported with a shared clip or project. For more information, see Modify share attributes.

View a clip’s metadata

  1. Select a clip.

  2. To open the Info inspector, click the Inspector button in the toolbar (shown below), and click the Info button at the top of the pane that appears.

    Inspector button in toolbar

Metadata for the selected clip or group of clips is displayed in fields in the Info inspector.

Switch metadata views in the Info inspector

You can change the metadata fields shown in the Info inspector by choosing a different metadata view from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

  1. Select a clip.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. Choose a metadata view from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

    Metadata View pop-up menu in Info inspector

    Note: If you create custom metadata views, they also appear in the pop-up menu.

Change a clip’s metadata

  1. Select a clip.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. In the Metadata View pop-up menu, choose a metadata view that contains fields for the metadata you want to change.

  4. Do any of the following:

    • Click in a text field to make it active, and enter the text you want to include.

      Note: If you can’t click in a text field, the field can’t be edited. Some EXIF metadata fields, for example, can’t be edited.

    • Choose an option from the pop-up menu for the metadata you want to change.

Tip: You can also change the Content Created date and time of your source clips in the Browser. Just select one or more clips and choose Modify > Adjust Content Created Date and Time.

Rearrange the fields in a metadata view

  • In the Info inspector, drag the metadata labels into a different order.