[Libav-user] Add metadata to the container when encoding a video file

Gabriele Greco gabriele.greco at hudl.com
Fri May 21 16:14:54 EEST 2021

 > I have some problems adding metadata to a mp4 or mov container, not sure if it's a problem in avformat or if I'm doing something wrong.

I found the answer by myself, after looking at the binary ffmpeg that has the same problem if doing:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -metadata hello='world' -c copy output.mp4

... there is a lot more information in the net about the command line tools than the libraries :)

... I found here:


...that to output user metadatas ffmpeg need the option:

-movflags use_metadata_tags

... so I changed the avformat_write_header() call this way:

                av_dict_set(&options, "movflags", "use_metadata_tags", 0);
                /* Write the stream header, if any. */
                int ret = avformat_write_header(oc_, &options);
                // dictionary is copied inside write_header, we should free here our copy

... and now my metadatsa appear on the output file!

I hope this can be helpful for ppl having problems with this, that is not a very obvious behaviour.
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