How to Save Metadata for a VLC Player

The VLC media player is an open source, cross-platform, multimedia player. VLC plays various audio and video formats including (DivX, mp3, mpeg-2, mpeg-4, avi and H.264); a complete list is available on the VLC website. VLC is distributed by VideoLAN, and the software is free to download and use. There are versions of VLC available for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, BSD and BeOS. There are several personalization options available for VLC. One useful feature is the ability to add metadata to your media files.

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VLC media player can play audio CDs, DVDs and many media formats such as Mp3s and DivX.

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Click “Tools," then "Media Information" to add or change metadata. Metadata is additional information about a specific file that a user may want to include in the file description. You can use it to help catalog, sort or identify the file. Metadata is displayed by some software media players and also by hardware Mp3 players like the iPod. It also displays when the file is accessed on a computer.

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Some media players display metadata such as the "song title" or "artist" while an Mp3 is being played.

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Move from one field to the next using your mouse or "Tab" key to enter in all of the information that you want to save in the fields provided. You can add things in the available fields such as “Title”, “Artist”, “Genre” “Comments” and “Copyright Info.”

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Click "Save Metadata,” located in the bottom right corner of the window, once you have added all the information you want to for the file. You must add and save metadata information for each file one at a time.

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Press (ctrl+i) as a shortcut to add or change metadata; this will also bring up the “Media Information” input window. Be aware that some media players do not recognize information you input into the metadata tabs.