Metadata templates are a tool for saving a set of frequently used annotations and applying them to media items. A metadata template applies Annotations, People, Keywords, Scenes, Subject Codes, Categories, and Descriptions to each item selected in the catalog.

We have a blog post here that explains how to use metadata template in Expression Media to annotate media items. In this second part you'll learn how to use the metadata template created by Expression Media in some other third party applications like Adobe Bridge for annotating media items. 

Phase 1: Create a metadata template in Expression Media:

  1. In a Expression Media catalog, select an media item and type metadata information into annotation fields as required
  2. In the menu at the top of the Info panel (pencil icon), select Save Metadata Template. In the dialog box, give the template a name. Expression Media will saves the metadata template as a XMP file at the following location:

    Windows XP:

    C:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\Application Data\Expression Media\Plug-ins\Metadata Templates

    Windows Vista:

    C:\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Expression Media 2\Plug-ins\ Metadata Templates


    Macintosh HD : Users : <user_name> : Library : Application Support : Expression Media : Plug-ins : Metadata Templates

Phase 2: Apply metadata template to media items in Adobe CS applications: 

  1. Copy the template (XMP file) that was created by Expression Media from locations mentioned above;
  2. and paste it under;

    Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\Application Data\ Adobe\ XMP\ Metadata Templates

    Windows Vista:
    C:\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\XMP\Metadata Templates

    Macintosh HD : Users : <user_name> : Library : Application Support : Adobe : Metadata Templates

    Note: Create "Metadata Templates" folder if it doesn't exist. On Macintosh, Expression Media doesn't include xmp extension on its own to the metadata template so you need to add .xmp extension manually after copy/paste into above location.
  3. Open a file in Adobe Photoshop or select the media items in Adobe Bridge and click File > File Info
  4. Select the template you wish to apply from the fly-out menu (small triangle at top right corner).

Alternatively, you can enter the metadata for an image in Expression Media, sync the annotations to image, open that image in an adobe application, click File > File Info, click fly-out menu on top right corner, save it as metadata template. Then select media items that you wanted to apply the metadata in an Adobe application, click File > File Info and select the metadata template created above.

As always test and verify that all the metadata information will transfer correctly from metadata template to other media items.