My first test with our “metadata tool”

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  1. Fantastic!! I am mesmerized by this unfolding story!

  2. Bravo Philp. With a series hopefully coming up later this summer, I’m looking very hard at the onset metadata options that are available. I know you’re a ways from a shipping product, but it’s exciting nonetheless.

    I mentioned QR Slate a little while ago. Which I guess imprints the metadata on the material before import. Is your working solution pre, during, or post import into FCPX?

    1. Pre, and post import to FCP X. Import media to get an exported XML with the unique media IDs (something that can’t be done outside FCP X yet). Open exported XML into app, choose logged Event from the popup menu and almost instantly the Event is on its way back to FCP X with Keyword Ranges applied.

      1. The actual logging is done on the location with an iPad during production. QR Slate is a perfect solution for the standard set of narrative metadata – scene, shot, take, whereas what we’re doing is more focused on the documentary/reality world where it’s a bit more free form.

      2. So obviously and event needs to be “closed” otherwise you’ll run into problems. For example an event would be a day or a week of shooting. If you had a single event for a large project, I could foresee issues…

  3. Or a distinct part of a day – an off boat story for example, or a cooking segment. These would be independent events before metadata merging, but could then be merged into a more over-arching event if you want. The fact that I can search and filter across multiple events makes me less inclined to want to merge events.

    But doing it incrementally isn’t a problem. I’m copying the media to the metadata-rich Event and then deleting the temporary ingest Event.

  4. Hey Philip. Very excited to see .2! Great work so far.

    Question regarding your editing strategy in X. So, it looks like you are bringing separate days as separate events.

    Let’s say, while you’re editing, you want to see all the keyworded clips with “p:philip” on them. During your edit, you want to do a grouping of all the “p:philip” keywords and then refine with some text searches, say every time “solar odyssey” is logged.

    How will you do this across all your events and acros all your drives? Is it possible? And then, how would you save that search?

    Thanks again for all your great products. I use them on a daily basis.

    1. Select multiple events, do the Filter with multiple Events selected and then you get results from all Events selected. I’ve chosen days for this phase because it seemed like the most logical, but for the main solar odyssey I plan on breaking things down into smaller “stories”. I could have probably done that with some of the bigger days (the day Ra went on the trailer, got finished, and launched might have been one!) but then again, it’s much easier to ingest all media from the day into one Event.

      1. I’ve been shying away from multiple events. But this will break me out of that. Can you save the searches into smart colls when searching multiple events?

        1. You can save the Smart Search in an Event and then reapply it to the selected events. Haven’t tried that yet, so will have to report back on it.

          1. I tested it this afternoon. Unfortunately, you can’t save it to search multiple events. But you can save the search it in one event and then dupe it into another. That would be a nice feature!

  5. Well, darn! Thanks for testing.

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