About Metadata Fields

Metadata fields are the individual items of metadata stored with the media items managed by Final Cut Server. There are two types of metadata fields:

Note: The same metadata fields can be used in multiple metadata groups.

The Metadata Field pane of the Final Cut Server client’s Administration window lists the existing metadata fields.

Figure. Administration window showing the Metadata Field pane and the Create button.

The Metadata Field pane shows the following columns:

Adding or Editing Metadata Fields

You can add or edit custom metadata fields.

To add a custom metadata field
  1. Click the Create button in the Metadata Field pane of the client’s Administration window.

    The Metadata Field window appears.

    Figure. Metadata Field window.
  2. Configure the settings for the metadata field.

    For details, see Settings for Metadata Fields.

  3. Click Save Changes to save the custom metadata field.

    The new metadata field appears in the Metadata Field pane.

You can also open the Metadata Field window and edit existing metadata fields.

Note: You are not allowed to edit the required metadata fields. In general, you can edit only those fields with the Custom Metadata category in the Metadata Field pane (although even some of them are not editable).

To edit an existing metadata field
  1. Double-click the metadata field in the Metadata Field pane.

    The Metadata Field window appears, showing the settings for that field. For details, see Settings for Metadata Fields.

  2. Make any necessary changes and click Save Changes.

    The Metadata Field window closes.

Settings for Metadata Fields

Each metadata field has a variety of settings. The actual settings a field has are affected by the Data Type setting. The settings are listed below as the common settings (those that are available in all metadata fields) and specialized settings (those that are available only for certain data types).

Figure. Metadata Field window.

Common Settings

The following settings apply to all metadata fields:

  • Name: Enter the name of the metadata field.
  • Description: Enter a more detailed description of the metadata field.
  • Suffix: Enter any suffix that should be displayed after the field. For example, you could enter “per hour.”
  • Display hints: Enter a width value (in pixels) that defines how wide this field should be.

Specialized Settings

The following settings apply only to certain data types.

  • Default Value: Enter an optional default value for the field. Depending on the data type, this can be a checkbox or a specialized value entry such as a date, a timecode value, or even two values.
  • Date Only: This is a checkbox that forces only dates to be entered.
  • Scale Numbers: This is a checkbox that scales numbers to three digits (999 maximum) with the appropriate suffix. For example, 1000 becomes 1K.
  • Don’t Format Numbers: This is a checkbox that forces the metadata field to use raw numbers without formatting, such as commas separating groups of thousands.
  • Multiline: This is a checkbox that allows multiple lines of text to be entered in the metadata field.
  • Hide Field Lookup in Filter: This is a checkbox that suppresses the lookup value when it is displayed in a list. It is actually most often set when setting field properties within a metadata group, since you generally do not want it hidden for all usages. See Field Properties for more information.

About Data Types for Metadata Fields

Following is a list of the available data types. The data type defines the type of metadata information (for example, text, numbers only, or a date) that a user can enter in a metadata field.

For almost all metadata fields you create, you should use the Unicode String data type because it provides good flexibility as well as compatibility with a wide variety of multibyte languages.

  • Boolean: A true or false value
  • Date: A date/time field
  • Floating Point Number: A floating-point number
  • Integer: An integer field that supports up to 32-bit numbers
  • Large Integer: An integer field that supports up to 64-bit numbers (not normally required for custom metadata)
  • Timecode: A video timecode value, in the format hh:mm:ss:ff
  • Unicode String: An alphanumeric Unicode string