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Other Clip Metadata

In addition to ratings, keywords, markers, and other information you can assign to a clip, a huge amount of additional information is associated with each clip. This information is called metadata.

Metadata can be hard-coded information such as the frame size, frame rate, audio format, and so on; it can be data supplied by the camera, such as the f-stop, shutter speed, GPS location, and other information; or it can be user-editable fields such as scene number, take number, camera reel, and so on.

You can even add your own custom metadata fields that will be available to all your clips.

All of this metadata is displayed in the Info Inspector, and the Info Inspector can be configured to display a variety of different views, each showing a different set of metadata.

To enter metadata for a clip

  1. Select the clip in the Event Browser.
  2. Open the Inspector and click the Info button to open the Info pane.

    The Info pane opens showing the metadata for the clip red_circle-a.jpg.

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    red_circle-a.jpg Open the Info Inspector to see the clip’s metadata.

  3. If needed, choose a Metadata view from the View pop-up that contains the field you want to change red_circle-b.jpg.

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    red_circle-b.jpg Choose a view from the View pop-up.

  4. Type text directly in the field red_circle-c.jpg.
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red_circle-c.jpg Type directly in the field to enter metadata for the clip.

The metadata is added to the clip.

To create a new metadata field

  1. In the Info Inspector, click the Action menu, and choose Add Custom Metadata Field red_circle-d.jpg.

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    red_circle-d.jpg Choose Add Custom Metadata Field from the Action menu.

    The Add Metadata Field sheet appears red_circle-e.jpg.

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    red_circle-e.jpg Enter a name and description for your custom field.

  2. Enter a name and optional description for the new field, and click OK.

The new field is added to the bottom of the current view red_circle-f.jpg.

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red_circle-f.jpg Your custom field appears at the bottom of the current view.

Metadata Views

There are seven different views in the Info Inspector, each showing a specific set of criteria. You can customize these views by adding or removing fields or reordering the fields in the view.

You can also create your own custom metadata views containing just the fields you want to see and in the order you want to see them.

To select a metadata view

  • Click the View pop-up menu, and select one of the items from the menu red_circle-g.jpg.
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red_circle-g.jpg Choose from one of the seven preset metadata views available in the View menu.

The Info Inspector updates to show the new view red_circle-h.jpg.

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red_circle-h.jpg The Inspector updates to show the current view.

To rearrange the order of fields in a metadata view

  • Drag the name of the field to a new position in the view red_circle-i.jpg.
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red_circle-i.jpg Drag fields up or down to rearrange their order.

To add or delete fields from the view

  1. Click the View pop-up menu, and choose Edit Metadata View red_circle-j.jpg.

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    red_circle-j.jpg Choose Edit Metadata View from the View menu.

    The Edit Metadata View window opens red_circle-k.jpg.

  2. Choose a category of fields from the Category pop-up menu red_circle-l.jpg.

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    red_circle-l.jpg Choose a category of fields.

  3. Click the checkbox to select fields you want to add to the view or deselect fields you want to exclude red_circle-m.jpg.

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    red_circle-m.jpg Select the fields you want to include in the view, and deselect those that you don’t.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for additional categories as needed.

  5. Click OK.

The metadata view is updated to reflect the changes you made.

To create a new metadata view

  1. Click the View pop-up menu, and choose Edit Metadata View.

    The Edit Metadata View window opens red_circle-o.jpg.

  2. Click the Action menu, and choose New Metadata View red_circle-p.jpg.

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    red_circle-p.jpg Choose New Metadata View from the Action menu.

    A new view is added to the list on the left red_circle-q.jpg.

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    red_circle-q.jpg The new view is added to the list on the left.

  3. Click the name of the new view, and type a custom name red_circle-r.jpg.

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    red_circle-r.jpg Name the view something practical.

  4. Select the fields you want to include in the new view red_circle-s.jpg.

  5. When you’re finished, click OK.
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