How to view embedded metadata

Learn how to view all the information embedded in your assets

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Written by Charlie Pinker
Updated over a week ago

As well as the core asset information (e.g. Title, Description) and your custom field data, all assets also contain what is known as 'embedded metadata'. This is information contained within the asset itself, that can describe all sorts of things such as:

  • The make & model of the camera used to take the photo

  • The camera settings such as focal length, ISO etc

  • What software was used to edit or save the asset

  • The GPS co-ordinates of where the asset was taken

How do I view the information embedded in an asset?

To view the embedded metadata of an asset:

  1. Open the asset by clicking on it from the "All assets" page

  2. Click the three dot menu button

  3. Click "View embedded file data"

You can now view all the data embedded in the asset.

Can I automatically map this data to my custom fields in Dash?

Yes you can! Refer to this article for how to map embedded metadata to your Dash custom fields.

Is the embedded metadata ever updated by Dash?

No, we never modify the embedded metadata of an asset in Dash. Any custom fields you have created in Dash remain only in Dash; they are not added to the embedded metadata when you download an asset.

If you want to download the custom field information from your Dash, then you can request a metadata export - just contact us using the in-app chat to do this.

How do I download metadata with assets?

If you download the Original asset (the first download size shown in the download menu), you will download the asset exactly as it was uploaded, including all metadata that was embedded within it at the point of upload.

If you download a custom size, the asset will not contain any metadata, as this is effectively a new asset and the previous metadata is unlikely to be accurate.

If you want to download your custom field metadata, then request a metadata export. Custom fields are never embedded into downloaded assets.

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