Identifiability and Metadata continued: Photos, Videos
Removing Metadata from Photos
(Source: Schmidt, Casey. 2020. “The Absolute Easiest Way to Remove Metadata From Photos”. Canto, 24 January. Available at https://www.canto.com/blog/remove-metadata-from-photo/. Accessed on 10 February 2020).
Remove Metadata From Photos in Windows:
There are plenty of third-party apps capable of removing metadata for you but the direct method is most efficient. It requires a few steps but it’s painless. Here is the entire process laid out as easy as possible to follow:
- Locate the photo you wish to alter
- Right-click it
- From the popup window, select ‘Properties’
- A window will open. Click the ‘Details’ tab at the top of the window
- From there, you’ll see a list containing attributes such as name, date, size and more. Click under the ‘Value’ portion of the elements
- For the editable data, it will allow you to type in or delete whatever you want and replace the old information
- Click ‘OK’
Remove data from photos using the ‘Details’ tab.
Remove Metadata From Photos in Mac:
Like Windows, a Mac lets users remove photo metadata in a pretty straightforward fashion. Once again, here’s an easy list to guide you:
- Open the photo using ‘Preview’
- Go to ‘Tools’ in your menu
- Select ‘Show Inspector’
- Select the (i) tab
- Click the ‘Exif’ tab and remove the data
Remove Metadata From Photos on Mobile Device:
- Open the ‘Photos’ app
- Select the intended photo
- Click ‘Share’
- Select ‘ViewExif’
- Click ‘Share’
- Save the photo ‘Without Metadata’
Without using a computer connection, you can delete pic data from mobile devices.
- Open the ‘Gallery’ app
- Select the intended image and click ‘More’
- Click ‘Details’
- Select ‘Edit’
- Click the ‘-’ symbol next to details you wish to delete
Both iOS and Android have different third party apps you can download to do this process for you, like EXIF eraser.
Removing Metadata from Videos
(Source: Martin, Avery. “How to edit video metadata”. Techwalla. Available at https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-edit-id3-tags-in-windows-media-player. Accessed on 10 February 2020).
Windows Media Player
Step 1: Launch Windows Media Player and select the "Library" tab. Select the "Switch to Library" button when in Now Playing mode.
Step 2: Right-click on the file attribute you want to edit in the library and select the "Edit" button.
Step 3: Type the new metadata information for the attribute you selected. Press "Enter" to save your changes. If you select more than one video file, then the attribute you change applies to all of the selected video files.
Step 4: Select the "Organize" tab and select "Apply Media Information Changes" if the changes are not applied immediately.
Step 1: Launch iTunes, right-click on the file you want to edit and select "Get Info." If you want to batch edit more than one file, highlight all of the files you want to change and right-click one of the highlighted files. Click the "Yes" button to confirm that you want to change the information for multiple files.
Step 2: Click the "Info" tab and edit any of the fields to change the metadata information. You can also select the "Video" tab to edit additional fields including the show, episode ID and description. If you selected more than one file, your changes apply to every file selected.
Step 3: Click the "OK" button to save your changes.
REMINDER: Removing metadata may help you not be identifiable with the file, but what you do with the file may increase your identifiability, such as uploading that file to your social media accounts or your cloud, or e-mailing it or the link to others.