Lightroom: Syncing metadata on several thousand virtual copies to their own master files

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I
need to find a way to sync metadata that I have already entered on virtual
copies to each image's master file in a catalogue of several thousand images and
virtual copies.

I
have 15,000 images in a catalogue which I'm using to keyword my images for
Alamy, an online picture library. This collection is a mixture of scans from
slides and digital images and currently the key-wording varies cross the
collection from minimal to comprehensive.  My aim is to upgrade the
collection so that all the images are properly keyword so that they can be
easily found and sold. As anyone who has done it knows, key-wording can be
tedious and I've been using Jim Kier's Alamy Lightroom plugin which speeds
things up a lot. 

In
order to select groups of pictures and sequence them to keyword them more
efficiently I have been putting groups of images into collections.
 This works fine.  However it creates virtual copies and it is the
virtual copies that carry the new metadata, the master files are untouched.

Now,
when searching the catalogue for images that still need their keywords upgraded,
the master images still appear as needing an upgrade even though the virtual
copies have already been keyword and these keywords uploaded to Alamy.
 This is confusing and irritating. 

If
I could automate a way of syncing metadata from each virtual copy to its own
masterful this issue would be eliminated. 

Any
suggestions gratefully received!
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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You know you can put photos in collections without creating VCs?

Is it just keywords that need to sync, or other specific metadata? John Beardsworth's Syncomatic plugin may be able to help with that.
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Hi Victoria, thanks for this.  I've used collections rather than smart collections because I wanted to re-order images to speed up the key-wording process.  Smart collections don't allow you to re-sequence images.  Can you create ordinary collections without creating virtual copies? 
I'm using Jim Kier's Alamy Lightroom plugin to keyword as it covers has all the additional fields that Alamy requires.  I'll have look at Syncomatic. 
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Yes, the normal Create Collection dialog has a "Create Virtual Copies" checkbox - just uncheck it.
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Mike Goldwater

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Thanks - I'll uncheck for the next set!
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Mike Goldwater

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Hi Victoria, thanks again for the great tip about avoiding virtual copies - I wish I'd known about this earlier! 
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My Syncomatic plugin would do the job, but its Sync Stacks command is designed to sync from the master file to the VCs, so you would need to export a series of JPEGs and sync from them to the master files.
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Hi John, thanks for your reply.  This could be a good solution.