About Metadata and Metadata Sets

When you import an asset, it comes in with a variety of metadata. The specific metadata that a file brings with it into Final Cut Server varies depending on the type of file that the asset is and the application or applications with which the asset was created and edited. Some asset types include standard metadata, such as XMP or EXIF metadata.

Metadata is an important part of the assets and productions included in the Final Cut Server catalog. Because you search for asset and production metadata, it is important that you add as much metadata as possible when you are uploading the original file. The metadata fields that are available depend on the metadata set that you choose in the Upload window.

Common metadata, including XMP and QuickTime, is supported by Final Cut Server. If you have specific questions about the metadata supported by Final Cut Server, contact your Final Cut Server administrator.

Note: If you’ve added metadata to a QuickTime file using the default QuickTime annotation fields, that metadata appears in the QuickTime metadata group of the Media metadata set. You must assign the asset’s metadata set to Media to view the QuickTime annotation information; if you apply any other metadata set, the QuickTime metadata is not visible in the Final Cut Server asset.

Final Cut Server comes with default metadata sets to describe your assets. If the default metadata sets do not meet the needs of your organization’s workflow, your Final Cut Server administrator can add metadata fields to existing sets or create entirely new metadata sets.

When you’re working in Final Cut Server, you can use the metadata that an asset contains to search for, sort, and identify assets and productions in Final Cut Server, and to track information within your workgroup. After a file is uploaded, you and others can manually add and change the metadata that describes the asset at any time. For example, keywords can be added to identify the project or production that an asset is part of. Similarly, any metadata you add to a production when or after it is created can be used in a search.