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fun with exiftool

exiftool is a very flexible little devil for manipulating image metadata.


Simple: Extracting image metadata:
exiftool -s -FileName -MIMEType -ImageWidth -ImageHeight -CreateDate -T -d "%Y:%m:%d-%H:
%M:%S" *.jpg

More Involved: Correct dates by adding one year, but only for some of the files. In this case the criterion is the date to be in 2008.
far=( `exiftool -s -T -FileName -CreateDate . | grep 2008 | cut -f1` ); echo ${#far[@]}; for f in ${far[@]}; do exiftool '-AllDates+=1:0:0 0:0:0' $f; done
A more elegant way was suggested by Phil (see comment below), as in
exiftool -if ‘$createdate =~ /2008/’ ‘-AllDates+=1:0:0 0:0:0′ .

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  1. Phil Harvey
    27 March 2009 at 13:58

    No need to script the second example, it can all be done by exiftool:

    exiftool -if ‘$createdate =~ /2008/’ ‘-AllDates+=1:0:0 0:0:0′ .

  2. rouvas
    27 March 2009 at 14:52

    Very usefull clarification, Phil.

    I was actually looking for a way to do exactly the same thing with exiftool, but I finally gave up and used bash.

    Your way is definitely more elegant.

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