I have found that if you embed metadata in another application such as PhotoMechanic so as to make full use of the currrent iptc standards,
PhotoMechanic seems to be more on top of such things than some others.
Capture One strips almost all the metadata out of the RAW files.
Do you mean to say you're embedding the IPTC metadata in the RAW file as opposed to using XMP side cars?
Personally, I stopped embedding metadata in RAW's quite some time ago when I discovered CaptueOne 3.7.x could no longer read NEF files to which I had added IPTC metadata.
Also, by using XMP side car files the RAW image doesn't get touched when changes are made to the metadata. This has at least two benefits:
1. It reduces the chance that the RAW image data will get accidently corrupted by simply not writing to that file. Stuff happens and software bugs happen. It's best to reduce the chance of that happening by not writing unnecessarily to same container where the RAW image data resides, at least in my humble opinion.
2. When doing backups just the text based XMP side car files get backed up upon changes rather than the entire RAW files again. This makes incremental automated backups much faster and saves clutter one may have to sift through later on the backup drive in event of the need to do a restore.
PhotoMechanic is our product of choice, we know it now and we'd rather not change it unless something did the same job with less effort and time on our part.
Perhaps, sticking with PhotoMechanic for metadata entry is the best idea?
Why is all this important? As our library grows (and yours) metadata is fast becoming the only way to locate images easily. It also contains info about what usage rights our clients have for the image, who the licenced user is, who is the owner or copyright holder, how to find the owner. who shot it, where it was shot, when it was shot.... you know, the Fundamental things!
Points well worth emphasizing
, especially in light of Orphan Works legislation
I would love to hear from other users on their experiences on this. I'd love to find out that we are doing something wrong, or that a reinstall would fix this issue...
Somehow I suspect the real root of the problem isn't your approach but a lack of programs playing well enough with each other with regards to metadata handling. Or at least making life easier for photographers or others working with their images in the production chain, keeping metadata intact.
The best would likely be if CaptureOne supported standard XMP sidecar files for IPTC rather than using their proprietary side car directory structure for metadata.
There's also an excellent discussion group (Controlled Vocabulary "list") for these kinds of issues such as keeping metadata intact, the link to which is near the bottom of this page.http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/
By the way, David Riecks' Controlled Vocabulary site has good info on subjects surrounding metadata.