Timeline Editing: Viewing the Source and Sequence Metadata

Timeline Editing: Viewing the Source and Sequence Metadata


From watching previous video,
you saw how to navigate the source viewer and mark your source clips. In this video, you will learn how to
display the metadata information of a source. To see more information about a clip
in the sequence or even in the media library, hold down the / key and click the segment. This will show a pop-up with all the clip’s metadata. Here you can see a thumbnail of the
first frame of the source. The top line in the middle of the pop-up window is
the segment description in the sequence. This is information that could have been changed
during the edit or logging the sources. The second line has two elements to it. The name before the colon is the tape name. The name after the colon is the filename without
the file extension. This information is useful when
searching for a source or diagnosing a conform problem. The middle two lines is the sources resolution. If these two lines are highlighted than
it means that they are a different resolution to the sequence they have been edited into. The first line of time-codes is
the record time-code of the sequence. This includes the in time-code,
duration and out time-code. The second line of time-code is
the actual source time-code. As before, this includes the in time-code,
duration and out time-code. The last line represents the file path for
the media if it was imported into Smoke. Any material captured from VTR will
not have an imported file path. Other markings you will find are effect indications
and what media you are actually using. By that I mean you have the format symbol next
to the source description. A light grey symbol indicates that the source being
used is the original native media. A dark grey symbol indicates that
you are using an optimised cached version of the media located in Smoke’s Media Storage Folder. Now that is calling up the
metadata for a source clip. If you where to hold / and click on a sequence clip,
all you will get is the name of the sequence, the number of tracks and
the resolution with frame rate details. By not releasing the / key and
moving over different segments in the sequence will update the pop up accordingly. Just remember that you can also
view the clips metadata in the media panel by pressing 1 and RIGHT arrow to
show all their information. You can either press 1 and RIGHT arrow again to
shrink the media panel or you can click the view mode pull down menu and
uncheck the details option. In the next video, you’ll learn how to create
a sequence and prepare the tracks for editing.

Daniel Ostrander

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