In Adobe Audition, the Metadata panel provides BWF, ID3, and RIFF tabs that let you quickly access this common audio metadata. The XMP tab provides the same information, combined with a longer list of metadata common to Adobe video applications. (For example, the Display Title field on the RIFF tab corresponds to the Title field in the Dublin Core section of the XMP tab.)


To preserve metadata when you save files, select Include Markers and Other Metadata in the Save or Export dialog box.

The BWF tab applies to Broadcast Wave files, which let you specify a time offset for playback, as well as standard descriptive metadata. To include Broadcast Wave metadata in a file, you must save in WAV format; see Save audio files. To insert a Broadcast Wave file in the Multitrack Editor, see Spot-insert a Broadcast Wave file into a session.

The ID3 and RIFF tabs apply to mp3 and radio industry metadata, respectively.

About the Metadata panel and XMP

To streamline your workflow and organize your files, use XMP metadata. Metadata is a set of descriptive information about a file. Video and audio files automatically include basic metadata properties, such as date, duration, and file type. You can add details with properties such as location, director, copyright, and much more.

With the Metadata panel, you can share this information about assets throughout Adobe video and audio applications. Unlike conventional clip properties, which are limited to only one application’s Project or Files panel, metadata properties are embedded in source files, so the data automatically appears in other applications. This sharing of metadata lets you quickly track and manage video assets as they move through your production workflow.


Properties in the Metadata panel also appear in Adobe Bridge, providing additional details that help you quickly browse assets.

About schemas and properties

A metadata schema is a collection of properties specific to a given workflow. The Dynamic Media schema, for example, includes properties like Scene and Shot Location that are ideal for digital video projects. Exif schemas, by contrast, include properties tailored to digital photography, like Exposure Time and Aperture Value. More general properties, like Date and Title, appear in the Dublin Core schema. To display different properties, see Show or hide metadata.


For information about a specific schema and property, hover the pointer over it in the Metadata panel. For most items, a tool tip appears with details.

About the XMP standard

Adobe applications store metadata using the Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP). XMP is built on XML, which facilitates the exchange of metadata across a variety of applications and publishing workflows. Metadata in most other formats (such as Exif, GPS, and TIFF) automatically transfers to XMP so you can more easily view and manage it.

In most cases, XMP metadata is stored directly in source files. If a particular file format doesn’t support XMP, however, metadata is stored in a separate sidecar file.

Project assets without corresponding files don’t support XMP. Examples from Adobe Premiere Pro include Bars and Tone, Universal Counting Leader, Color Matte, Titles, Black Video, and Transparent Video.


To customize the creation and exchange of metadata, use the XMP Software Development Kit. For more information about XMP, see Extensible Metadata Platform.

Show or hide XMP metadata

To optimize the Metadata panel for your workflow, show or hide entire schemas or individual properties, displaying only those that you need.

  1. From the options menu  for the Metadata panel, select Metadata Display.

  2. To show or hide schemas or properties, select or deselect them from the list.

Save, switch, or delete metadata sets

If you use multiple workflows, each requiring different sets of displayed metadata, you can save sets and switch between them.

  1. From the options menu  for the Metadata panel, select Metadata Display.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • To save a customized set of displayed metadata, click Save Settings. Then enter a name, and click OK.

    • To display a previously saved set of metadata, select it from the menu.

    • To delete a previously saved set of metadata, select it from the menu, and click Delete Settings.

Create schemas and properties

If you have a unique, customized workflow that the default metadata options don’t address, create your own schemas and properties.

  1. From the options menu  for the Metadata panel, select Metadata Display.

  2. Click New Schema, and enter a name.

  3. In the list, click Add Property to the right of the schema name.

  4. Enter a property name, and select one of the following for Type:


    Displays whole numbers that you drag or click to change.


    Displays fractional numbers that you drag or click to change.


    Displays a text box (for properties similar to Location).


    Displays a check box (for On or Off properties).

Edit XMP metadata

Similarly named properties are linked in the Metadata and Files panels. However, the Metadata panel provides more extensive properties.

  1. In the Editor panel, open the desired file or session.

  2. In the Metadata panel, edit text or adjust values as needed.

Search XMP metadata

  1. In the Editor panel, open the file or session you want to search.

  2. In the Metadata panel, click the XMP tab.

  3. In the search box, enter the text you want to find.

    The list of metadata collapses to reveal only properties that contain your search string.

  4. To navigate through the search results, click the Previous and Next buttons   to the right of the search box, or press Tab.

  5. To exit the search mode and return to the full list of metadata, click the close button  to the right of the search box.

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