How to clear all info within images properties...

How to clear all info within images properties...

I had a website that had 50K+ images and now we shut that down and after 4 months opened a new website and now i have all these 20K images in my computer and want to upload 1 folder by folder to the site

How can i clear all related properties of the images and make them blank completely?

Any tool or script that can go to D:\images and do this job in 1000's of folders i have
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Please specify exactly which properties you want to clear.
mtthompsonsAuthor Commented:
Like camera taken/locations and any thing that's possible
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Here's an example of EXIF info:

Model - EX-S500
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - 1.01
DateTime - 2013:08:15 15:59:40
YCbCrPositioning - Centered
ExifOffset - 282
ExposureTime - 1/200 seconds
FNumber - 2.70
ExposureProgram - Normal program
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2013:08:15 15:59:40
DateTimeDigitized - 2013:08:15 15:59:40
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 3.03 (bits/pixel)
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 2.64
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash not fired, auto mode
FocalLength - 6.20 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 1600
ExifImageHeight - 1200
InteroperabilityOffset - 33730
FileSource - Other
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 0.00/0.00 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 38 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
GainControl - Low gain up
Contrast - Hard
Saturation - High
Sharpness - Hard

Maker Note (Vendor): -
White Balance - Flash
Quality - Normal
Focus Mode - Single-Area Auto Focus
Best Shot Mode - Off
CCD ISO Sensitivity - 100
Color Mode - Off
Enhancement - Off
Filter - Off

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 33854
JpegIFByteCount - 8520

Here's an example of IPTC info:

Document title
Author (byline)
Author title
Caption (description)
Caption writer
Special instructions
Supplemental categories
Date created
Original transmission reference

That's a lot of fields! Any of them concern you more than others?
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Don't mess around with a script for this, get yourself a copy of EXIFTOOL at the link below, study up on the usage, and have at it.  It is a great tool for command line manipulation of EXIF data in images.

If you just want to get rid of everything then there are tools for that, but I would caution against that, there is a lot of useful into in the EXIF metadata of image files that you would be losing, like camera type, image size, shutter speed, focal length, etc...


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If you ONLY use JPG images, then an alternative tool that i have used for years is jStrip:
Last update v 3.3 was mid 2006, but it works in Vista and therefore should work in Windows 7 (unsure about Windows 8 and 10).

It needs to be installed rather than run as a standalone, but the uninstaller works fine.   The GUI version is installed as a normal Windows application that can be configured to suit and creates a start menu shortcut (and optionally a new Right-Click menu option), and a command line program is created in the "Windows" folder.  Switches and options for the command line version below.

WARNING:  DO NOT use the option to remove "JFIF" header block.  This is the portion of a JPG file that causes it to be identified as such.


FileSpec - Pathnames with spaces should be enclosed in quotes

Options must be separated by a space, and begin with
"/" or "-"

Available options:

/R -  Clear Read Only
/S -  Process Subfolders
/N -  Run at Idle Priority Class
/J -  Remove JFIF Block
/C -  Leave JPEG Comments
/E -  Leave EXIF Block
/P -  Leave Photoshop IRB
/A -  Leave Adobe APP14 Block
/I -  Leave ICC Color Profile
/M -  Leave XMP Data
/D -  Keep File Timestamp
/F -  Force Other File Types (not recommended)
/X -  Delete Invalid Jpegs (not recommeded)
/DU - Don't Output Entry for Unchanged Files
/DP - Don't Output Entry for Processed Files
/DE - Don't Output Entry for Errors
/DS - Don't Output Summary
/DO - Silent - No Output
/CS - Convert underscores and %20 to spaces
/CU - Convert underscores to spaces
/CP - Convert "%20" to spaces
/TS - Trim leading and trailing spaces from filename
/LC - Force filenames to lowercase
/UC - Force filename to uppercase
/JP - Follow junction points

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As Bill mentioned above, I suggest that you retain your original images and remove the metadata from COPIES that you can then use for the website.
Thank you mtthompsons
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