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03 March 2012, 12:21 PM
Has anybody made use of the .net class below using maxscript (dotNetClass "System.Drawing.Imaging.Metafile")
I am looking for a way to access the metadata stored in image files, specifically the camera data and keywords stored in image files. Just a little unsure how I would go about implementing the above class in my script.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



03 March 2012, 07:54 PM
The Imaging.Metafile class doesn't do what you think it does. It has nothing to do with image EXIF data.

I don't have any working code to share, but here is a link to give you a direction, provided you can convert the c# code to maxscript code:

03 March 2012, 10:10 PM
There are tools out there to do what you want like DCRaw ( and ExifTools (, but both are command-line tools and not dotnet libraries. ExifTools is also available as a Perl Library, but I have no idea how you would go about using that with Maxscript.


03 March 2012, 10:42 PM
A c# library:

03 March 2012, 11:23 AM
Sorry after I posted I did a little research and realised that this metafile class wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Thanks lo for the links.

Here is what I have so far...

-- Bitmap stream
FileMode=dotNetClass "System.IO.FileMode"
FileAccess=dotNetClass "System.IO.FileAccess"
FileShare=dotNetClass "System.IO.FileShare"
BitmapStream = dotNetObject "System.IO.FileStream" file FileMode.Open FileAccess.ReadWrite FileShare.ReadWrite;

--Jpeg bitmap decoder
BitmapCreateOptions=dotNetClass "System.Windows.Media.Imaging.BitmapCreateOptions"
BitmapCacheOption=dotNetClass "System.Windows.Media.Imaging.BitmapCacheOption"
BitmapDecoder = dotNetObject "System.Windows.Media.Imaging.JpegBitmapDecoder" BitmapStream BitmapCreateOptions.PreservePixelFormat BitmapCacheOption.Default;

Show properties on the Bitmapdecoder now reveals a metadata property. I understand the metadata, in the case of a Jpeg image, is stored in Frame[0]

Jpegframe = bitmapdecoder.frames.Item[0]

However this seems to return an error

-- Runtime error: dotNet runtime exception: Specified value of type 'System.Windows.Media.Imaging.BitmapFrameDecode' must have IsFrozen set to false to modify.

Any thoughts on where I may be going wrong?



03 March 2012, 12:14 PM
I think you're still looking in the wrong place. Here's an incomplete code block to get you started:

thebmp = dotnetobject "system.drawing.bitmap" @"c:\test.jpg"
asciiCls = (dotnetClass "System.Text.Encoding").ascii
bCnv = (dotnetClass "System.BitConverter")
for item in thebmp.propertyitems do
local l = item.len
local v = item.value
local displayValue = case item.type of
2:(asciiCls.getString v 0 (l-1))
3:(bCnv.ToUInt16 v 0)
4:(bCnv.ToUInt32 v 0)
7:(bCnv.ToInt32 v 0)

format "ID:%\tType:%\tValue:%\n" item.type displayValue

The following information will help you continue it:

03 March 2012, 01:35 PM
Thanks Lo, looks like I was way off the mark. This seems to be closer to what I was looking for, will have a play around with this.

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