John Hanley wrote:
> I am unable to add 'tags' to certain kinds of Vista files. Is there a
> setting somewhere in Vista where I can declare these types of files
> 'eligible' for adding tags? I realize from reading Microsoft help
> files that certain kinds of files are not taggable and they list
> .txt, .rtf, .png.
> However I would like to be able to tag files that are common when
> using Windows Movie Maker: .mswmm, .msdvd, .wmv, .wav, .avi, .vob. Any
> thoughts? Thanks.
Sorry...but this is a long message.....
Your .mswmm files are Movie Maker project
files and are only compatible with Movie Maker.
The following info lists compatible file types
and discusses the Photo Gallery Database:
Windows Photo Gallery: FAQ
What picture file formats and video file
formats are supported by Photo Gallery?
What picture file formats are supported by
Photo Gallery? Photo Gallery will show pictures
with any of these file types:
.. BMP, . JPEG, . JFIF, . TIFF, . PNG, . WDP
If Windows Movie Maker is installed, Photo
Gallery will also play videos in these file types:
.. ASF, . AVI, . MPEG, . WMV
Note: Not all editions of Windows Vista come
with Windows Movie Maker installed.
"The Windows Photo Gallery Database"
By: John Inzer - MS Picture It! MVP
When you're cataloging your image collection
in Vista's Windows Photo Gallery you can add
Tags, Captions, Ratings, etc... to your image
Generally, this metadata is written back to the
original files but in some instances, especially
where certain file types are involved, .bmp, .png,
..gif, .mpeg, etc... it's not possible to write back
to the file itself. That's when the Windows Photo
Gallery database takes over.
This database named "Pictures.pd4" includes
thumbs and metadata and is found at the
Windows Photo Gallery\Pictures.pd4
The file can also be found with an Advanced
Search for pd4.
Go to...Start / Search / Advanced Search.
Check the box..."Include non-indexed, hidden,
and system files" Enter pd4 in the Name field
and left click the Search button.
If you catalog lots of images, making regular
backup copies of your Pictures.pd4 file would
be an excellent idea.
If corruption develops, or if you simply wish
to move the metadata to another computer all
you have to do is replace the current .pd4 file
with your backup.
It may also be useful to know that any metadata
written only to the .pd4 file can only be accessed
by Windows Photo Gallery.
Metadata and the Windows
Vista Photo Gallery
MS Picture It! -
Digital Image MVP
Highlights and FAQs
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