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Old 06-01-2022, 08:47 AM   #1
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Default 6.59: new media explorer custom metadata feature

I think this feature is a bit hidden so here's some brief explanation.




You can add two kinds of user column in the media explorer. You access the functions to add/delete/edit user columns via the media explorer action list, or by right-clicking on the column headers.

One kind of user column is a read-only column, where you can specify an exact, specific metadata type to display. For example you can add a column for "ID3:TSRC", which will display the ISRC code for any files that have an ID3 tag embedded with the code. That's not a new feature.

The new feature is a custom user column, where you can name the column anything you want, and put any kind of data in it. For example you can add a column for "Quality", and add descriptions of how good your files are.

Custom data added this way will be cached locally on the computer, stored with media explorer databases, and can be written into the files for some (most?) file types. For example if the file type supports ID3 tags, a "Quality" field will be embedded as ID3:TXXX:Quality. Any other software that can read ID3 tags could then display the metadata.

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Old 06-01-2022, 11:30 AM   #2
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I'm still not sure I understand that
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Old 06-01-2022, 12:20 PM   #3
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Previously if you wanted to add arbitrary metadata that would be visible in the media explorer, your only option was to use the "custom tags" column, and there's only one of those. So if you wanted to add metadata for "instrument", and also metadata for "quality", and also metadata for "recording location", it all had to go under "custom tags" with no way to differentiate what the category of metadata was.

Now you can add as many columns as you want with whatever names you want. You can add separate columns for "instrument", "quality", "recording location", or anything else.
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Old 06-01-2022, 07:01 PM   #4
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Very cool. Thanks Schwa!
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Old 06-01-2022, 10:44 PM   #5
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I'm not quite sure what I'm gonna use this for yet, but I bet it'll come in handy sooner rather than later. Thanks John!
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Old 06-01-2022, 11:48 PM   #6
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I will definitely use custom columns that ! It was wanted since a long time !



I can mark some of my soundtrack libraries with a column for
  • Already used (list of project in which it has been used)
  • Style (orchestral, rock, etc)
  • Emotion (joyful, anger etc)
  • Instrument List (cello etc...)
And ideas will come on the way.




It seems to be single line only, but I guess it is enough for now.
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Old 06-02-2022, 01:48 AM   #7
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Very useful. Thank you.
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Old 06-02-2022, 01:51 AM   #8
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I have already created some custom columns for my project manager.
Works perfectly.
I use wav files instead of *rpp files.(rpp tagging is very limited)
Was it possible to display the LUFS level in any dev version?
Due to the new tagging options, you would need to be able to save the arrangement of the columns (presets).
thanks
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Old 06-02-2022, 02:58 AM   #9
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The star rating system or colour code would be much more "readable" (ironically) than having to write: good, not so good, very good, superb.

I am with Dragonetti on this!
Love the star rating, but colours would be even better.
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Old 06-02-2022, 03:47 AM   #10
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Quote:
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Was it possible to display the LUFS level in any dev version?
Yes, calculating loudness of media in the Media Explorer is in the current +dev versions.
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Old 06-02-2022, 07:40 AM   #11
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Thanks
How about snapshots for the column layout?
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