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Trying to Save Metadata (xmp), hanging on video files


New Member
May 22, 2019
Lightroom Version
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.13 High Sierra
I'm trying to Save Metadata on a large number of folders and files. (My entire catalog is 130,000 images, spread over 20+ years, by month/day folders. It's a lot of folders.)

Problem is, if any one of these folders contains a video file (it seems), the process hangs. There appears to be no way of getting around this short of going into all the folders and syncing them (or doing subsets that work until I happen upon the one that doesn't.)

I can search for .mov files with the Library, but I'm not sure how I'd use that to exclude them from the metadata sync - I don't want to move these files elsewhere because then I'd have to put them all back somehow, which sounds like a nightmare. (There are 419 files from 74 different folders.) Is there some other way I can exclude them from the process?

I'm pretty sure this is the problem, but am open to other suggestions if it sounds like something else. Also, is there a way to discover where it is hanging rather than process of elimination?

Sep 29, 2007
Isle of Wight, UK
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
Hi Helen, welcome to the forum!

Hmmmm, it shouldn't hang, but there certainly are workarounds. The simplest is probably to select all of the folders, then open the Attribute Filters at the top and click the Master Photos button so it hides the videos. Then you can select all and write, and if it was the videos tripping it up, they'll be excluded because they're not selected.