Browsing and adding metadata
Browsing and adding metadata
In this tutorial, we're going to look at how to browse the metadata in a file and also we're going to look at how to add additional metadata to that file as well. We'll be using this little clip from Dream Job. It starts out with a little slate clap, and then there is a paper crumble after a little bit of a focus, and that's pretty much it. So let's see how metadata can help us keep better track of the data that's in this file. The first thing I want to show you here is that, in the Project panel, you can actually browse a lot of metadata items.
The clip that we are looking now is called paper crumbled DJ.mov. And as you could see here, there is a bunch of information already in the file about the Media: Start and Duration, the Video Duration, the Video Info, Audio Info, all that kind of stuff, as well as some Description, Log Notes, Status. For example, I have used the information Scene 6B Take 2, which I got from the slate here at the beginning. Scene 6B, Take 2, Roll 1. You might want to add under Tape Name. I don't really use tape anymore. I'm kind of part of a tapeless workflow, but you might want to still use 1 as the Roll.
Essentially, we can put all kinds of information here in the Description. If I wanted to click in here, you could see that I could also add additional metadata. I could say Scene 6B Take 2 Good Shot. Paper crumble, or any other keywords I might want to use later on. Then if I need to find that later I could go to this Search field, at the top of the Project panel, and type in 6b. You see as soon as I type-in 6b, the keywords in the metadata are located by the Search field.
I am just going to go ahead and hit the X to cross out that search result and see all the files in my Project panel. Now, because the Project panel is really so wide, there is so much to adhere, so many fields, you can customize and reorganize this. So let's say for example, Capture Settings. As I mentioned, I switched over to a completely tapeless workflow and usually even my clients, and people I work with, nobody is using tape anymore. So I don't have to worry about Capture Settings. So I'm just going to drag this label on over to the right, and I can put this in the far right so you don't have to worry about it.
So you can change things that way. You could also sort according to maybe duration. So I can click on Media Duration and then my media sorts by the Duration. If I click on the opposite way, then I'll sort the opposite, in other words, longest to shortest. Click again, shortest to longest, and so on. You can sort by any one of these columns by clicking on its name, although I usually prefer to sort by Name. Now, as I mentioned, we could add data to any one of these fields, even to offline data, which is really helpful.
And we could also hit the Tab key to go tabbing through these different columns of data. You could also press Shift+Tab to go backwards through fields. So the Project panel is the most readily available of the metadata tools, but it gets a little bit deeper, especially now in CS4. We can up to the Window menu and show the Metadata panel. So there is entire panel now dedicated just to metadata. And as you could see here, this comes in three categories. Actually, I am going to select the paper crumble DJ footage for this.
We have Clip information, File information, and Speech Transcript information. We'll go through each of those very briefly here. The Clip information refers to a lot of the stuff that we saw in the Project panel, such as the Duration, all that kind of stuff, Description and whatnot, but we could also put more specific information about the Scene, the Shot, even the Client. So basically, this Clip area is for putting Metadata about the content of the clip. Now we also can put in stuff about the File.
So this refers to, let's say for example, the Contributor or the Creator, and those might be two different people. Another description of the file. We can also put the Publisher, and also really important stuff, like the Rights. So maybe if you are using stock footage, you might have the right to use it for the Internet, but not for broadcast, or whatever. You can put notes like this in the file, so whenever this file is passed around, that metadata follows along with it. Now, I should point out here, this File metadata that says Powered by XMP.
This might be a little important for you. XMP is Adobe's brand of metadata. So, you might be working in a program that doesn't understand all this metadata. If you are working in a program, say, like, Final Cut Pro, outside of the Adobe spectrum of things. If you are going to take this to, say, After Effects, or maybe it's coming from on location, all of those programs will understand all of these fields. So, if you're put in the Rights information here into, this clip, then you take it into Adobe Bridge, on location, After Effects.
It's all going to understand this metadata, because all these programs now have the same Metadata panel and use XMP Metadata. So, it'll all of you understood there, but again, I'm not quite sure if you take it outside of the scope of the Adobe products, what's going to be understood there. So again, tons of other fields here. We can rate it, we can add Dynamic Media information, Rights Management, and even some, like, Photoshop data and EXIF Schema for EXIF stuff, alittle bit more detailed, technical information about the file as well, which might be important to you.
But pretty much anything that you'd want to know about a file you can put in here in this metadata stuff and anything that you wouldn't, you can put in a generic field such as Description. I'm just going to close up File here. Be aware, just as before, that there is a Search field here at the top of the Metadata panel. So, just like the Project panel, if you search for additional information here in this panel, it's there. And finally, in this area of the Metadata panel, we have the Speech Transcript area and we'll cover this in the next movie.
Essentially, this allows you to search through the dialogue in a particular file.
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