Using Metadata to Configure the User Interface

Final Cut Server uses a variety of metadata groups to define many aspects of the Final Cut Server client’s user interface. For example, you can add metadata fields to the Thumbnails metadata group to control which fields appear when you are using the Thumbnails view.

Keep the following in mind when you decide to customize the user interface:

See Customizing Advanced Searches and Customizing the Views for details on the most common areas you may want to customize.

Modifying a Metadata Group

See About Metadata Groups for information about modifying any of these metadata groups. The following describes the process with some details specific to groups that affect the user interface.

To modify a metadata group
  1. Double-click the metadata group’s name in the Administration window’s Metadata Group pane.

    The metadata group opens in its own window.

    Note: It’s easier to find the metadata group if you search for it.

  2. In the Fields section of the window, note the items in the Selected list and their order, and compare that to the area of the user interface you are intending to change.

    They should match. If not, you do not have the correct metadata group selected.

  3. Do any of the following as needed:

    • Remove an item from the Selected list by selecting it and clicking Remove.

    • Add an item to the Selected list by selecting it in the Available list and clicking Add.

    • Change an item’s location in the Selected list by selecting it and clicking the Up and Down buttons.

  4. Click Save Changes.

The window closes and the changes you made are saved.

In many cases, you will need to close the client and log in again to see the changes take effect.

Customizing Advanced Searches

There are several areas in the Final Cut Server client where you can choose to configure advanced search options to fine-tune your search results. By modifying selected metadata groups, you can add and remove metadata fields as well as rearrange the order in which they appear. For example, you might want to add the Required reviewers metadata field to your asset searches.

The commonly modified advanced search metadata groups are:

  • Asset Filter metadata group: This metadata group defines the advanced search options available for the main window’s Assets pane. Additionally, it affects the fields that appear in the Asset Filter pane when you configure an asset subscription and the Asset Filter pane when configuring a permission set.
  • Production Filter metadata group: This metadata group defines the advanced search options available for the main window’s Productions pane. Additionally, it affects the fields that appear in the Production Filter pane when you configure a production subscription and the Production Filter pane when configuring a permission set.
  • Job Filter metadata group: This metadata group defines the advanced search options available for the Search All Jobs window that appears when you select Search All Jobs from the server menu. Additionally, it affects the fields that appear in the Job Filter pane when you configure a job subscription.

Customizing the Views

Metadata groups define the information that appears in the main window when you choose the Thumbnails, Tile, or List view. It can be useful to customize these views so that they display the information that is important to your situation. For example, you may want to see an asset’s MIME type in the Thumbnails view.

It can be challenging to find the correct metadata groups to modify since there are many groups with the same name. You must ensure that you are choosing the group with the correct Metadata Group ID (listed below).

The commonly modified view metadata groups are:

  • Thumbnails metadata group, ASSET_THUMBNAILS_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the Thumbnails view of the main window’s Assets pane.
  • Thumbnails metadata group, PROJECT_THUMBNAILS_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the Thumbnails view of the main window’s Productions pane.
  • Thumbnails metadata group, ELEMENT_THUMBNAILS_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the Thumbnails view of the info window that appears when you double-click a Final Cut Pro project in the main window.
  • Tiles metadata group, ASSET_INFO_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the main window’s Information pane when viewing assets.
  • Tiles metadata group, PROJECT_INFO_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the main window’s Information pane when viewing productions.
  • Tiles metadata group, ASSET_TILES_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the info window that appears when you double-click an asset or a Final Cut Pro project in the main window.
  • Tiles metadata group, PROJECT_TILES_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the info window that appears when you double-click a production.
  • Tiles metadata group, ELEMENT_TILES_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the Element Details window that appears when you double-click an element in the info window (the window that appears when you double-click a Final Cut Pro project in the main window).
  • List metadata group, ASSET_LIST_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the List view of the main window’s Assets pane.
  • List metadata group, PROJECT_LIST_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the List view of the main window’s Productions pane.
  • List metadata group, ELEMENT_LIST_VIEW group ID: This metadata group defines what fields appear in the List view of the info window that appears when you double-click a Final Cut Pro project in the main window.