Metadata templates allow you to quickly add many annotations to media items in just a few clicks.  This can be handy for updating annotations for a large amount media items or adding new annotations.

Using metadata templates is really a two-phase process.  Phase one is creating the metadata template and phase two is applying it.

Phase 1:  Create Your Metadata Template

1.  Select any image and click the Annotate button under the Info panel

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2.  Choose "Create Metadata Template" from the list

image3.  At this point you'll see a listing of the different annotations which can be modified using Metadata Templates.  

Add the text that you want to apply.  One thing to keep in mind is that when we apply the template, we don't necessarily need to apply all of our fields, but you'll see that in a few moments.

4.  Make sure to give your template a meaningful name and click OK to save the template

Phase 2: Apply the Metadata Template

1.  Select the images to which you want to apply your template.

2.  Click the Annotate button under the Info panel and select the template created in the first phase.

3.  Each of the annotations that were included in our template will show up in this dialog.  If we do not want to apply one of the annotations, we can clear the green check mark next to the field.

There are some additional options at the bottom of this dialog that give you some control over how the template is applied.

4.  Click OK to apply the template with your selected options and you're done!

More Info About Metadata Templates

Metadata Templates are specific to your user profile, not to the catalog.  This means you can access your templates from any catalog!

Another use for Metadata Templates is to apply them while importing from disc/camera.  Under the options tab of the Import from Disc/Camera dialog, you can specify a Metadata Template to use.  You can access the advanced options for that template by clicking the sheet of paper icon to the right of the selected template name.