The Case of the Missing Metadata

Posted on by Larry

I love mysteries.

And in the case of metadata – that is, the information about your clips, like the stuff displayed in Final Cut Pro’s Browser – it seems we have a true conundrum.

Adobe, with the release of CS4, ratcheted up the interest in metadata by providing extensive support throughout all the CS4 applications. This can greatly simplify finding what you need when you need it – even when you have thousands of clips on your system.

However, the information stored in Final Cut’s Browser is only available to that one project. Final Cut does not make searching for materials used in other projects very easy. Yes, Final Cut Server is a step in the right direction, but none of the Final Cut Studio applications can approach what Adobe has done with CS4.

Up until a couple of days ago, I thought that was because Final Cut was just not aware of all this information. Then, Philip Hodgetts sent me a link to some research he’s done that indicates Final Cut is a lot smarter than we thought…. Sort of.

Take a look at this and let me know what you think:

I’m hoping that the next version of Final Cut Studio will do a much better job of acquiring, storing, sharing, and searching on metadata.

We shall see.

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