1. Metadata, metadata, metadata!

    I spend such a huge portion of my editing time organising clips, adding markers, using extended markers and subclips that half the time it appears I may not be being as productive as the next editor who’s frantically chopping away with the razor blade tool and dragging clips back and forth through the timeline. But once I start “cutting” I have a better feel for the material I’m working with and a clearer idea of the structure my edit will take.

    To have this level of organisation readily to hand will increase my productivity even further. The value of user-added metadata and the time it takes to add should never be underestimated!

  2. JET says:

    I hear you! A solution like Aframe raises interesting possibilities around managing the intensive nature and requirements of manual metadata tagging — and they seem excited by FCP X.

    And while metadata is absolutely crucial to current workflows, it’s also about preserving your content and extending its useful life. The idea of living through a Digital Dark Age is frightening and as media creators we need not only be aware of the issues involved but to be proactive in ensuring our stories, our colleagues’ stories and our clients’ stories continue to exist.

    Which brings us to archives and a post for another day…

  3. […] sorting in a variety of ways and of using Smart Albums to create dynamic collections. As I’ve written before, from watching the SuperMeet Sneak Peek it very much looks like variations of these tools […]

  4. […] Metadata in FCP X is a great first step. I’d like a means of cataloguing and sharing that information amongst collaborators. It’s my hope that changes to the FCP project structure, while sealing the fate of Final Cut Server, lead to new, more robust media asset management system. One can live in hope. […]

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