This article focuses on obtaining existing metadata from valid Events already stored in the Library and adding (copying) them to assets missing adequate metadata.
Along with every asset, metadata is a crucial component of the Library. Metadata provides technical information about the media content itself. It also contains valuable, informative data that enables the Mediabank Library to structure the chaos without a static and hierarchical storage structure. Metadata enables Mediabank to organize, sort, locate, extract, and not to forget, understand the relationship and associations among hundreds of thousands of assets stored in the Library.
Examples of the asset metadata keys & values:
- Keys - Values
- Status - New, approved, rejected, archived.
- Sport - Football, Triathlon, Roadracing, Golf, Tennis.
- Program type - Tv-show, debate, documentary, Educational
Modifying the metadata of an asset (properties)
Why change the metadata?
Sometimes, the asset contains incorrect or missing metadata values, making it impossible for Mediabank to organize and structure the media content correctly.
Correct metadata is crucial for clients using Collections or Calendar views, but it also secures predictable search results in manual operations.
How to secure correct and consistent metadata
Before a Live Ingest, preparation and testing of configurations and definitions are one of the top priorities. Avoiding invalid metadata is crucial, and the Professional crews familiar with the importance of correct metadata make sure everything runs smoothly.
However, users manually uploading media content is a more common source of inaccuracies in the metadata content.
AdEx, Mediabank's primary file ingest application used by hundreds of corporations and users to upload media content to their Mediabank Library, solves this by using schemes (templates) where the users fill in just a tiny amount of information (metadata) before upload. These advanced schemes need only a few user inputs to use their conditional search functions and add correct metadata from trusted external sources, freeing the user to enter the data while avoiding human errors manually.
But errors happen, and a correction is sometimes needed.
How to edit the metadata of an asset
Making modifications or corrections to the metadata of an asset is easy:
- First, select an asset from Library thumb or list view by clicking on it once.
- Next, go to asset properties by clicking on the arrow on the assets thumb or select asset properties workspace.
- Select the Properties Tab. The asset's properties are displayed. Select "Client defined fields."
- Modify or add the metadata values from available keys.
- Click on the button "Update meta," and the asset's new metadata is stored.
How to add or modify metadata by searching existing Events.
Mediabank also supports the user in adding correct metadata during file ingest (upload), all in one operation when using AdEx. It is also possible to handle multiple assets assuming they are associated with a mutual Event.
"Click to search for events," shown in the below image, refers to an event like a soccer game, Concert, or similar. In Mediabank terms, an Event is Happening, and the term "happening" is used throughout this article. For the curious user: Mediabank "Event" = One single log entry from a happening.
- Select the Properties Tab. It reveals all the missing or incorrect metadata keys and values.
- Click the highlighted search function in the below illustration.
Mediabank returns two events, and since we know that the interview took place on a Friday, the asset from March 5'th is selected.
Mediabank uses the AND function when it searches for events. For example, our search was "Miami" AND "nc" AND "stat." Therefore, any assets containing these criteria are returned.
To further enhance the metadata content of the asset, the value "Interview" is added.