Lightroom: Read and write video metadata into video or sidecar

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The new Video part is great! I really like the previews.It is a great addition to sort and tag your video's. Only one problem:The tagging system doesn't work properly, it doesn't store the tags in the video-files like it is possible with the photo's. I hope this will be working in the Final.
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Alan Hatchett

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I'd like to add my support to the idea that Lightroom add the ability to export metadata to a sidecar for movie files. Bridge seems able to save metadata in some movie files directly, but a sidecar file would be better for my needs. If this is a possible addition to Lightroom, I'd really like to see it added in soon.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Is there a way to use Lightroom keywords in Premiere Pro?.

I use Lightroom to import all my photos and videos onto my computer and I'm finding the lack of communication between Adobe programs rather frustrating. The keywords function in Lightroom works well within Lightroom, but if I tag videos within LR and then try to use the same videos in Premiere Pro the keywords don't carry across, and this really slows down my workflow in terms of video editing.

For videos (and photos too) we need a keywording system that applies the keywords to files at the root level so they're accessible within any Adobe program. It would save so much time having to label footage every time I use particular clips in a new Premiere Pro Project, and also make cataloguing of footage so much easier than the mess it is now.
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LR 7.4 added support for HEIF / HEIC photos, whose format is based on the same Quicktime format as MP4 videos.  Even though that format supports writeable metadata, Adobe decided to write the metadata for .heic photos to .xmp sidecars.  Too bad they didn't write the few extra lines of code to do the same for videos.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Read and Write Metadata to Videos.

Lightroom Classic does not write metadata to videos such as keywords and captions. Whenever I come across a video I want to add a keyword to in Lightroom, I have to move it to an empty folder so that Bridge doesn't have to generate thousands of previews (something it doesn't do anywhere near as fast as LR) and then keyword the video. Since Lightroom can't read updates, I now have to re-import the video. This takes up extra time. Can you let LR read and write metadata for videos, like you do for photos? Even if you export a video in LR and check the box that says to write keywords to the video, keywords aren't written to the video. Just found that out today, as I continued my search for a solution of LR changing file's creation dates whenever I keyword or caption photos and save the metadata.