Database Explorer User Manual 6.57

Database Explorer User Manual 6.57
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USER MANUAL
Database Explorer
Version 6.57 - December 2014
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USER MANUAL IPDirector 6.57 Database Explorer
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Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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WHAT'S NEW?
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1.
INTRODUCTION
1.1. Product Overview
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1.2. Opening Database Explorer
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2.
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USER INTERFACE
2.1. Overview of the Database Explorer
2
2.2. Toolbar
4
2.2.1. Toolbar Options
4
2.2.2. View Menu
6
2.2.3. Photo Button
6
2.2.4. Tools Menu
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2.3. Tree View
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2.3.1. Introduction
7
2.3.2. Tree View Elements
8
2.3.3. Clip Tree Structure
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2.4. Elements Grid and Search Options
10
2.4.1. Quick Text Search Area
10
2.4.2. Quick Timecode Search Area
11
2.4.3. Advanced Search
12
2.4.4. Elements Grid
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2.5. Status Bar
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2.6. Saved Filters Pane
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3.
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CLIPS, CLIP ELEMENTS AND NEARLINE FILES
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3.1. Terminology
17
3.2. Notions About Clips
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3.2.1. Clip Element Types
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3.2.2. Clip Content Types
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3.2.3. Clip LSM ID
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3.2.4. Normal Clip Versus Light Clip
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3.3. Nearline Management
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3.3.1. Purpose
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3.3.2. Files Types
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3.3.3. Error Messages
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3.3.4. Supported Codecs
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3.3.5. Off-line Nearline Files
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3.3.6. Status of Clip / Clip Elements
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CLIPS VIEW
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4.1. Elements Grid for Clips
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4.1.1. Clips Display in the Elements Grid
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4.1.2. Clip Data Columns
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4.1.3. Clip Protection
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4.1.4. Clip Contextual Menu
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4.2. Deleting a Clip
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4.3. Editing a Clip
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4.3.1. How to Edit a Clip from the Database Explorer
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4.3.2. Edit Clip Window
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4.4. Copying or Moving a Clip
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4.4.1. Ways to Proceed
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4.4.2. Copying or Moving a Clip Using Drag-and-Drop Operations
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4.4.3. How to Duplicate or Move a Clip by Specifying an Exact Location
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4.4.4. How to Copy a Clip to an EVS Video Server through the Gigabit Ethernet 34
4.5. Publishing and Transferring Media
4.5.1. Publishing a Clip
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4.5.2. Transferring Media
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4.6. Modifying the Timecode or the Date of a Clip
5.
CLIP ELEMENTS VIEW
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5.1. Introduction
44
5.2. Limitations
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5.3. Clip Elements Tree Structure
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5.4. Clip Elements Data Columns
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5.5. Clip Element Contextual Menu
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5.6. Deleting Clip Elements
48
5.7. How to Manually Associate a Clip Element to an Existing Clip
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6.
IV
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PLAYLISTS VIEW
49
6.1. Introduction
49
6.2. Playlists Tree Structure
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6.3. Playlists Data Columns
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6.4. Playlist Contextual Menu
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6.5. Copying or Moving a Playlist
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6.6. How to Delete A Playlist
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6.7. Playlist Imports
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6.7.1. Import Options
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6.7.2. How to Import a Playlist
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7.2. Timelines Data Columns
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7.3. Timeline Contextual Menu
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EDITS VIEW
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8.1. Introduction
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8.2. Edit Contextual Menu
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8.3. Creating an Edit
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9.
8.3.1. Possible Ways for Creating an Edit
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8.3.2. New Edit Window
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BINS VIEW
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9.1. Introduction
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9.2. Bins Tree Structure
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9.2.1. Introduction
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9.2.2. Tree View Elements
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9.2.3. Bin Contextual Menu
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9.3. Elements Grid for Bins
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9.3.1. Introduction
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9.3.2. Bin Data Columns
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9.3.3. Bin Element Contextual menu
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9.4. Opening a Bin in a Separate Bin Window
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9.5. Publishing a Bin or a Bin Directory
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9.6. Bin Rules
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9.6.1. What is a Bin Rule
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9.6.2. How to Define a New Bin Rule
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9.6.3. How to Use a Filter to Define a Bin Rule
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9.6.4. How to Modify an Existing Bin Rule
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9.6.5. How to Apply an Existing Bin Rule
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9.6.6. How to Delete an Existing Bin Rule
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9.6.7. Bin Rules Window
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10. LOGS VIEW
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10.1. Introduction
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10.2. Logs Tree Structure
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10.2.1. Introduction
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10.2.2. Logs Tree View Elements
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10.3. Contextual Menus
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10.3.1. Log Branch and Log Directory Contextual Menu
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10.3.2. Logsheet Contextual Menu
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10.3.3. Log Entry Contextual Menu
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10.4. Creating Clips Automatically from a Log Entry
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7.1. Introduction
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11. MEDIA FILES VIEW
11.1. Introduction
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11.2. Media Files Tree Structure
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11.3. Media Files Contextual Menu
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12. SEARCHING FOR MEDIA
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12.1. Filtering Tools
82
12.2. Branch Selection in the Tree
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12.3. Quick Timecode Search
83
12.3.1. Purpose and Context of Use
83
12.3.2. Quick Timecode Search Field Display
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12.3.3. How to Perform a Quick Timecode Search
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12.4. Quick Text Search
84
12.4.1. Purpose and Context of Use
84
12.4.2. Search on Displayed / All Columns
85
12.4.3. Search for Synonyms
86
12.4.4. Quick Text Search Field Display
86
12.4.5. Quick Text Search Syntax Rules
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12.4.6. Autocomplete Function in Quick Text Search Field
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12.5. Advanced Search
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12.5.1. Purpose and Context of Use
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12.5.2. Advanced Search Fields Display
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12.5.3. Advanced Search Fields Types
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12.5.4. How to Clear an Applied Advanced Search Filter
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12.5.5. Search in Free Text Fields
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12.5.6. Search in Non-Free Text Fields
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12.6. Using Saved Filters
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12.6.1. Introduction
103
12.6.2. How to Save Filters
103
12.6.3. How to Apply a Saved Filter
104
12.6.4. How to Update a Saved Filter
104
12.6.5. How to Rename a Saved Filter
104
12.6.6. How to Delete a Saved Filter
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12.6.7. How to Publish a Saved Filter
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13. LOADING AND PLAYING MEDIA
106
13.1. Introduction
106
13.2. Assigning a Player
106
13.2.1. Introduction
106
13.2.2. How to Assign a Player Channel or the Software Player
106
13.3. Loading Media
108
13.3.1. On the Player Channel Associated to the Database Explorer
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13.3.2. On the Player Channel Associated to the Control Panel
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13.4. Playing Media
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13.4.1. Introduction
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13.4.2. How to Load and Immediately Play an Element
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13.5. Playing a List of Elements
13.5.1. How to Load and Immediately Play a List of Elements
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13.5.2. Modifying the Playout Sequence in Auto-Play Mode
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13.5.3. Using Auto-Play Mode in Several Database Explorer Windows
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14. ASSIGNING KEYWORDS TO MEDIA
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14.1. Introduction
112
14.2. Conditions for the Use of a Keyword
112
14.3. Assigning a Keyword by Direct Entry
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14.4. Assigning a Keyword from a Keyword Tool
114
14.4.1. Displaying the Keywords Sources
114
14.4.2. Assigning Keywords to Media from a Keyword Grid or Dictionary
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14.4.3. Assigning Keywords to Media from a Cascading Grid
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15. DATABASE EXPLORER SHORTCUTS
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The sections updated to reflect the new and modified features in Database Explorer 6.57
(compared to version 6.56) are listed below.
Using Saved Filters
An additional Save Filter button has been added next to the Quick Text Search field.
What's New?
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See section "Quick Text Search Associated Buttons" on page 11.
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See section "Saved Filters Pane" on page 16.
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See section "How to Save Filters" on page 103.
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1.
Introduction
1.1.
Product Overview
The Database Explorer is a central point in the IPDirector application to perform search on
all the media available on the network and to load media by a simple operation such as
drag-and-drop or double-click.
The Database Explorer gives a view on the media in terms of clips, clip elements,
playlists, edits, timelines, logs or media files. Even the files backed up on removable
drives which have been removed (off-line nearline files) are still listed in the Database
Explorer to allows easily retrieving the drive.
In the Database Explorer, you can access the media and data, either by using your
knowledge of the "clip hierarchy" methods used in EVS video servers or by using quick or
advanced search techniques.
Bins can be created to organize clips, playlists, edits and timelines and bin rules can be
defined to automatically copy these items within a bin corresponding to a specific applied
filter.
Many operations are possible from the Database Explorer. It must be noted that some of
the operations are directly described in the chapters dedicated to the other modules of
IPDirector.
1.2.
Opening Database Explorer
on
To open the Database Explorer, select the corresponding icon
the IPDirector Application bar. An instance of a Database Explorer window will open. It is
possible to open multiple DB Explorer windows at one time.
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User Interface
2.1.
Overview of the Database Explorer
General Description
The Database Explorer window presents a familiar "Explorer" layout:
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The tree view in the left pane displays various branches with items.
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The element grid in the right pane displays the items included in the selected tree
branch or the results of a search in the Database Explorer.
Illustration
The Database Explorer window contains the areas highlighted on the screenshot below:
Note
From version 6.55, the interface skin has slightly changed, so the color shade of
some user interface elements (such as title bar, buttons) may differ from the
screenshots included in the current manual.
Area Description
The table below describes the various parts of the Database Explorer window:
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Area
Description
1.
Toolbar
The toolbar on the top of the Elements grid provides a series of buttons
mainly for viewing, browsing and playing options, as well as a Tools
menu to define options for the Elements grid display.
See section "Toolbar" on page 4.
2.
Tree
View
The Tree view shows the different branches of all the items from the
database content. It can be used to filter items in the Elements grid:
clips, clip elements, playlists, timelines, edits, bins, logs, media files.
Depending on the user rights, the user may see different parts of the
tree.
Note
For most of the users, the Clips, Playlists, Timelines, Edits,
Bins and Logs branches in the Database Explorer tree are the
only ones they may access.
Administrators and users with the necessary permissions can
manipulate clip elements or media files.
See section "Tree View" on page 7 for details on the interface.
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3.
Elements The Elements grid displays all the items included in the selected tree
Grid
branch or resulting from a search.
See section "Elements Grid and Search Options" on page 10.
Above the grid, functions to perform quick text or timecode searches, or
advanced searches on metadata are available.
4.
Status
Bar
This area provides information regarding the Database Explorer. These
include: the number of elements (in the currently displayed grid, based
on filters and searches applied), the next clip to be played out
(applicable for playout modes), the Auto-Refresh mode, the association
status with a BEPlay Remote and the DB explorer's associated player
channel.
See section "Status Bar" on page 15.
5.
Saved
Filters
Pane
This area provides functions to save applied filters or recall and apply
saved filters to the current search.
See section "Saved Filters Pane" on page 16.
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Adaptable Display
The layout of the Database Explorer can be adapted to users' needs:
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the Saved Filters Pane can be shown by clicking the
or hidden by clicking the
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button
button.
most of the panes can be enlarged or reduced by moving the intersection line between
them.
2.2.
Toolbar
2.2.1.
Toolbar Options
The toolbar is located on the top of the Elements grid.
The following table gives a description of the options and buttons located on the toolbar.
Interface Element
Description
Tree button: Shows or hides the tree structure
area.
Clicking the arrow to the right of the Tree
button displays a menu allowing the user to
select the tree location in the Database
Explorer window.
View option: displays a menu listing
• additional media types which can be made
visible in the tree view. See section "View
Menu" on page 6.
• the display options for the elements within
the grid.
Print button: used to print the Elements grid
currently displayed.
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Browse button. When the Browse mode is
enabled, selecting an element will
automatically load it on the associated player
channel, ready to play.
The button can only be used when a channel is
assigned to the Database Explorer. It
becomes colored when selected.
See section "Loading and Playing Media" on
page 106.
Play button. When the Play mode is enabled,
selecting an element will automatically play it
on the associated player channel.
The button can only be used when a channel is
assigned to the Database Explorer. It
becomes colored when selected.
See section "Loading and Playing Media" on
page 106.
Auto-Play button. The Auto-Play mode makes
it possible to play a list of elements one after
the other on the associated player channel, as
they are displayed in the Database Explorer
window. The elements are played without
transition effects.
The button can only be used when a channel is
assigned to the Database Explorer. It
becomes colored when selected.
See section "Loading and Playing Media" on
page 106.
Photo button: used to grab a thumbnail of the
clip or playlist loaded on the player channel
which is associated to the Database Explorer.
See section "Photo Button" on page 6.
Refresh button: performs a manual refresh of
the Elements grid.
Tools option: displays a contextual menu with
various options for the management of the
Database Explorer operations.
These options are described in "Tools Menu"
on page 7.
Assign button: used to assign keywords to
one or several clips.
See section "Assigning a Keyword from a
Keyword Tool" on page 114.
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Depending on your user rights, you will be allowed to view different parts of the tree and
some menu items could be dimmed.
Clicking the View button displays a menu from which the first options allow to make some
additional media types visible in the tree view. These options are explained in the
following table:
Options related
to the tree view
2.2.3.
Description
Show off-line IP
Drive storages
Shows all the off-line files in the interface.
Shows the IP drives storage units where media have been backed
up, even if the drives have been removed. This allows the user to
easily search for archived media information.
All off-line files are displayed in italic gray text in the grid, and will
have a modified File icon with a red border. See section "Clip
Element Types" on page 17 for the list of icons.
Show LoRes tree
Available for Administrators/Media Managers or high resolution/low
resolution browsers according to assigned user rights.
When selected, a low resolution branch appears in the Clips and
Clip Elements branches.
Enables the Media Manager to re-organize XT clips.
Show Clip
Elements plug-in
Available for Administrators/Media Managers or high resolution/low
resolution browsers according to assigned user rights.
Shows the Clip Elements branch in the tree with sub-branches for
XT clips, on-line and off-line nearline files.
The Elements grid corresponding to the Clip Elements tree branch
is intended to show the clip elements individually.
Show Media
Files plug-in
Available for Administrators/Media Managers or high resolution/low
resolution browsers according to assigned user rights.
Shows the Media Files branch of the tree with sub-branches for online and off-line nearline files.
Enables the Media Manager to perform actions on files, such as
delete, move, and analysis of the file discovery status and errors.
Photo Button
Thumbnail are created automatically by the XML Unit defined for the Thumbnails for
Clips option in the Remote Installer. Please see the Technical Reference manual for
further details.
A thumbnail can also be created manually for the clip or the playlist loaded on the player
channel which is associated to the Database Explorer. This is done by clicking the Photo
button or by pressing the SHIFT+P keyboard shortcut. The thumbnail is grabbed at the
current timecode and replaces the thumbnail previously associated to the clip or playlist.
The Photo button is only available when an A/V board has been activated and linked to
the player channel in the Remote Installer. See the General Functions user manual.
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Tools Menu
Menu Item
Description
Auto-Refresh
Mode of
Database
Explorer
Selects/de-selects Auto refresh mode for the grid.
When large amounts of data are present, the automatic refresh can
slow down the system. To only refresh the system on demand,
disable this option.
You can do a manual refresh by clicking the Refresh button
Auto-Refresh
in filter mode
Selects/de-selects Auto refresh mode for the grid in Filter mode.
Limit Result
count
When enabled, the Limit Result Count option will limit the results of
any search to the number of elements defined in the IPDirector
Remote Installer (1000 elements by default).
Refer to the Technical Reference Manual for more information.
Insert mode
A submenu proposes the following options:
• First: new items will be inserted at the top of a list
• Last: new items will be inserted at the bottom of a list
• First Display: new items will be inserted at the top of the visible
part of a list
• Sorted: new items will be inserted at their sorted position in a list
Transfer
Monitoring
Transfer monitoring is explained in section "Monitoring the Transfer
Status" on page 41.
Available for administrators and users with appropriate user rights.
My transfer
only
When enabled, this option only shows you the transfers that you
initiated.
Clip Element
Association
Enables to manually associate a clip element to an existing clip with
matching TC. See section "How to Manually Associate a Clip
Element to an Existing Clip" on page 48.
2.3.
Tree View
2.3.1.
Introduction
The Database Explorer is presented in a tree structure, much like Windows Explorer.
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The tree view allows browsing and performing search in the database and nearline
storage. Clicking the arrow next to a tree branch expands it. The selected branch content
is displayed in the Elements grid. See section "Branch Selection in the Tree" on page 82.
Depending on the user rights, the user can see different parts of the tree.
Administrator or Media Manager will have full rights and therefore could be able to see all
the tree branches available.
2.3.2.
Tree View Elements
The table below mentions which items are displayed in the Elements grid based on the
tree branch selected.
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Tree Branch
Description
Clips
The Clips branch is visible by all the users.
It displays the list of clips present in the database and on the
nearline storages in the Elements grid. Each clip is displayed on a
separate line within the Elements grid and the view can be
expanded to display the different clip elements making up the clip.
It also lists the record trains from the servers present on the XNet.
Clips can be A/V files, audio files, stills, logos and CG templates
for use with the Xedio Character Generator tool.
See section "Clips View" on page 25 for more information on the
Clips branch of the tree.
Clip Elements
(not visible for
most users)
It displays the list of clip elements present in the database and on
the nearline storages in the Elements grid. Each clip element is
displayed on a separate line within the Elements grid.
See section "Clip Elements View" on page 44 for more information
on the Clip Elements branch of the tree.
Playlists
It displays all the playlists present in the database and on the
nearline storages in the Elements grid. Sub-branches list the online and off-line playlists separately.
See section "Playlists View" on page 49 for more information on
the Playlists branch of the tree.
Timelines
It displays timelines present in the database in the Elements grid.
See section "Timelines View" on page 55 for more information on
the Timelines branch of the tree.
Edits
It displays all the edits present in the IPDirector database in the
Elements grid. Edits may have been created from the Xedio IPD
Plugin, the Director's Cut module of IPDirector or the IPBrowse
application. They can also be created by the IPMosGateway
NRCS systems as Autocreate placeholders. Edits can only be
modified from the CleanEdit interface.
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Tree Branch
Description
Bins
Sub-branches shows the bins and bin directories.
The Elements grid contains four tabs, Clips, Playlists, Timelines
and Edits, to display respectively the clips, playlists, timelines and
edits which have been sent to the selected bin or bin directory.
See section "Bins View" on page 63 for more information on the
Bins branch of the tree.
Logs
It displays all the logs in the Elements grid. Sub-branches are
displayed for each logsheet and for any log directory which have
been created.
See section "Logs View" on page 75 for more information on the
Logs branch of the tree.
Media Files
(not visible for
most users)
It displays all the files which have been saved on a nearline storage
in the Elements grid. Sub-branches may be available for on-line
high resolution media files, on-line low resolution media files, offline high resolution media files, off-line low resolution media files.
They are listed with full file name, file extension and full path of
their physical storage location.
See section "Media Files View" on page 80 for more information on
the Media Files branch of the tree.
Clip Tree Structure
The Clips branch is visible by all the users. The main branch displays all the clips from the
sub-branches.
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Within the Clips tree structure, the following sub-branches are available:
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Physical hardware present on the XNet, such as:
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high resolution EVS video servers: displays clips containing a high resolution clip
saved on the high resolution EVS video servers.
Light clips are listed here as well even if they are not saved on a server but only
refer to a normal clip itself saved on a server.
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low resolution EVS video servers: displays clips containing a low resolution-clip
saved on the low resolution EVS video servers.
The Show Lores tree option must have been selected from the View contextual
menu.
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XF[2] or XStore hosting XFile software: displays clips which have been backed up
to XFile and then published from XFile to the XNet.
Even if an XT clip is backed up to XFile in a file format, when the file is published
from XFile, it appears with a Clip icon
in the Elements grid.
Each machine can be searched by browsing the tree from network number > page >
bank.
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On-line nearline: displays clips which have been backed up to nearline/IP drive and for
which the nearline/IP drive is still accessible, so clips can still be immediately
retrievable.
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Off-line nearline: displays clips which have been backed up to nearline/IP drive and for
which the nearline/IP drive cannot be accessed anymore. So, IP drive identification
allows clips to be retrieved after re-inserting the drive, for example.
The Show offline IP Drive storages option must have been selected from the View
contextual menu.
2.4.
Elements Grid and Search Options
2.4.1.
Quick Text Search Area
Introduction
The Quick Text Search is used to perform a search based on free text entered in the
Quick Text Search field. This field is available on the top of the Elements grid. You can
perform a search on displayed columns or a search on all columns (displayed and hidden
columns).
The search is performed on the selected tree branch.
See section "Quick Text Search" on page 84 for details on the various ways to use this
function.
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Quick Text Search Associated Buttons
The following table gives a description of the buttons located next to the Quick Text
Search field. These buttons may be used not only for the Quick Text Search function but
also for the other search functions in the grid.
Interface
Element
Description
To perform a search on all columns of the Elements grid (even the hidden
ones), you first need to activate the Search on All Columns option.
This option is accessible from the down arrow next to the Search button:
See section "Quick Text Search" on page 84 for more information on
quick text searches on displayed or all columns.
Applies the search again and refreshes the Elements grid.
Displays the Syntax Rules list. See section "Quick Text Search Syntax
Rules" on page 86.
Clears the applied Quick Text search.
Saves the filter applied in the Quick Text Search field and/or in the
Advanced Search fields. See section "Using Saved Filters" on page
103.
Clear All button: clears all the applied searches.
2.4.2.
Quick Timecode Search Area
To display the Quick Timecode Search field, you need to click the down arrow next to
the Search button and select Display Timecode Search from the menu:
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By entering a timecode value in the Quick TC Search field, you can perform a quick
search on a timecode value within the elements displayed in the grid.
See section "Quick Timecode Search" on page 83 for more information on timecode
searches.
2.4.3.
Advanced Search
Advanced Search functions are available for detailed search operations. They allow
searches on metadata displayed in the grid columns.
The Grid Filter bar can be displayed just over the Elements grid by clicking the Search
button above the grid:
To hide the Grid Filter bar, click the Search button once again.
See section "Advanced Search" on page 90 for more information on grid filters.
2.4.4.
Elements Grid
Introduction
The Elements grid represents the content of the tree branch selected in the Tree view. It
can also returns the result of a search applied with a filtering tool to the elements of a
selected branch of the Tree view.
In the grid, elements are presented in rows and all their associated parameters and
metadata are in columns.
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Grid Header Contextual Menu
Right-clicking the grid header displays the grid contextual menu.
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The options are described in the following table:
Option
Description
Hide
Hides the selected column.
Organize
The Select Columns window opens and allows the users to select the
columns to display and their order.
Save grid
organization
Saves the organization of the grid as it is displayed (columns selection,
order and size). It is saved by each user. Therefore, this organization
will be retained the next time the user logs in and opens the application.
Reset grid
organization
Sets back the grid to the default grid organization for each type of items
which can be selected from the Tree view.
Sorting the Elements in the Grid
At start of the application, items are sorted with most recent on top.
You can change the sort order of elements in the grid by clicking the column header for the
parameter according to which you want to sort the elements.
The column header which is used for sorting is highlighted in blue. The little triangle
indicates the sorting order. Clicking the column header again changes the sorting order
from ascending to descending or vice versa.
Organizing Columns
Columns can be resized and/or re-ordered. This new organization is automatically saved
and remembered. However, it is also possible to reset the column organization to the
default organization.
Resizing Columns
A column can be resized by using the mouse pointer over columns intersection and
dragging it to the right or to the left.
Selecting Columns to Display
To select the columns to display in the grid, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the column header area.
A menu is displayed.
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2. Select Organize.
The Select Columns window opens and the right pane shows the list of columns in the
current order.
3. To select the column(s) you wish to add to the view, do one of the following actions:
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in the left pane, double-click the column(s) you wish to add to the view
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select them in the left pane and click the right arrow
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drag them onto the Visible Columns area.
Use CTRL + click to select a list of non-contiguous columns.
Use SHIFT + click to select a list of contiguous columns.
4. To select the column(s) you wish to remove from the view, do one of the following
actions:
◦
on the right pane, double-click the column(s) you wish to remove from the view
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select them on the right pane and click the left arrow
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drag them onto the left pane.
Use CTRL + click to select a list of non-contiguous columns.
Use SHIFT + click to select a list of contiguous columns.
5. Click OK.
Ordering Columns
To change the columns order, proceed in one of the following ways:
Select a column header and drag it to the left or right to the required place:
OR
1. Right-click the column header area.
A menu is displayed.
2. Select Organize.
The Select Columns window opens and the right pane shows the list of columns in the
current order.
3. Drag the selected column to the required position in the Visible Columns pane.
4. Click OK.
Resetting the Column Organization to the Default One
Users can reset the column organization to the default one (columns selection, order,
size,...). This will be done for all types of items at once.
To do so, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the column headers area.
2. Select Reset Grid Organization.
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Resetting the List of Columns back to the Default One
Users can reset the list of columns displayed in the grid to the default one. This will be
done only for the type of items currently selected from the Tree view.
To do so, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the column header area.
A menu is displayed.
2. Select Organize.
The Select Columns window opens.
3. Click Back to Default.
2.5.
Status Bar
The Status bar contains five areas,from left to right, shortly described in the table below.
Element Number zone
The first zone of the Status bar shows how many elements are included in the Elements
grid of the Database Explorer:
Next Clip zone
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The second zone shows the next clip (in green) to be played if the Auto-Play mode is
active.
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The text is orange if the Auto-Play mode is not active:
Auto-Refresh zone
The third zone displays the Auto-Refresh status. Its background is green when it is ON, or
red when it is OFF. See section "Tools Menu" on page 7.
Associated BEPlay Remote zone
The fourth zone gives indication on the association status to a BEPlay Remote.
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is shown when no BEPlay Remote is
connected to the IPDirector.
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is shown when a BEPlay Remote is connected to the
IPDirector but it is not associated to the Database Explorer.
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is shown when a BEPlay Remote is associated to the
Database Explorer.
To link or unlink a BEPlay remote to a Database Explorer, double-click the BEPlay
Remote zone.
See the General Functions user manual for details on the configuration and use of the
BEPlay remote.
Associated Channel zone
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The fifth zone shows the associated player channel, if any:
See section "Assigning a Player" on page 106 for more information on how to assign a
player channel.
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When no channel is associated to the Database Explorer,
is shown.
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2.6.
If the selected player channel is connected to an IN port of a video router, itself
associated to OUT ports, the name of the router OUT port(s) is displayed after the
player channel name:
Saved Filters Pane
The Saved Filters pane can be displayed by clicking the Saved Filters button.
With this mode, you can save filters defined in the grid thanks to the quick search fields
and/or the grid filter bar. You can also apply filters previously saved.
See section "Using Saved Filters" on page 103 for more information on the search saving
functions.
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3.
Clips, Clip Elements and
Nearline Files
3.1.
Terminology
Term
Definition
Nearline Any IT storage, other than the EVS video servers, present on the network and
where A/V material can be backed up or from which A/V material can be
retrieved. These IT Storage devices are inventoried into the IPDirector
database.
Examples of nearline storage: IP drive, XFile drive, SAN, NAS…
On-line
nearline
A nearline is displayed as on-line in the database tree when the next two
conditions are met:
• It is accessible (IP address can be "pinged")
• It is managed by a SynchroDB
On-line
nearline
file
A file stored on an on-line nearline storage and which has been treated by the
SynchroDB.
It can be a high resolution file or a low resolution file.
Off-line
nearline
file
A file stored on an IP drive nearline storage which is no more on-line, either
because it is no longer accessible or because it is no more managed by a
SynchroDB.
It can be a high resolution file or a low resolution file.
3.2.
Notions About Clips
3.2.1.
Clip Element Types
A clip is a logical entity that contains A/V media and can include several physical
resources (clips and/or files).
A clip element is the physical resource inside the clip: XT clip or nearline file.
A clip and its clip elements share the same TC IN, TC OUTand metadata set.
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A clip can contain up to six types of clip elements and each of them is identified in the
Elements grid by a distinct icon, as detailed in the table below.
Icon
Clip Element
Description
XT high resolution
clip
high resolution clip or growing clip stored on an EVS
video server.
XT low resolution
clip
low resolution clip or growing clip stored on an EVS
video server.
on-line high
resolution nearline
file
high resolution file stored in nearline folders, IP drive is
on-line (accessible and managed).
on-line low resolution low resolution files stored in nearline folders, IP drive is
nearline file
on-line (accessible and managed).
off-line high
resolution nearline
file
high resolution files stored in nearline folders, IP drive is
no more on-line.
off-line low
resolution nearline
file
low resolution files stored in nearline folders, IP drive is
no more on-line.
In the Elements grid, the Clip Elements column shows the icons for the different clip
elements making up the clip.
Depending on the user rights, the user can see different element types. The tables in
section "View Menu" on page 6 give more details on the user rights.
Note
There can be several copies of the same element within a clip.
3.2.2.
Clip Content Types
Various types of media are considered as clips. Those media types are A/V files, audio
files, stills and logos. All are displayed in the Clips view of the Elements grid.
The Content Type column provides the indication on the media type. Those are
Audio/Video (for A/V files and logos), Audio only (for audio files), Still (for still files).
3.2.3.
Clip LSM ID
Understanding Clip Structure on an EVS Video
Server
One library method used by IPDirector is to mimic the hierarchical structure adopted by
the EVS range of servers to store media, which is based on the remote panel design with
a limited amount of buttons and desk space.
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Each EVS video server can store up to 900 clip numbers (with each clip number
containing up to 6 sub clips, lettered A to F).
900 clips with up to 6 sub-clips per clip result in 5400 "clip registers" in each EVS video
server.
The following diagram represents the hierarchy of the XT clip numbering system. As an
example, clip number "129C" is used:
The number of the EVS video server within the network structure is also added to define
the precise location of the clip. For example if clip 129C is stored on the machine allocated
with the network number 2, the clip would be identified as 129C/02.
The LSM ID is this identification made up of page nr + bank nr + position in the bank +
server nr.
Virtual LSM ID / Real LSM ID
Real LSM ID
The real LSM ID reflects the location where a XT high resolution clip or a XT low resolution
clip will be saved, as described in section "Understanding Clip Structure on an EVS Video
Server" on page 18.
In the Elements grid displayed from the Clip Elements view, the real LSM ID is always
mentioned.
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Virtual LSM ID
From the Clips view, a single LSM ID is displayed for a clip. It is called the virtual LSM ID.
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If a XT high resolution clip is present in the clip, it will be the LSM ID of the XT high
resolution clip,
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If there is no XT high resolution clip in the clip, this field will be left empty.
When the LSM ID of the XT high resolution clip is changed, the virtual LSM ID is changed
as well.
When the LSM ID of the XT high resolution clip is deleted, the virtual LSM ID is removed
and the LSM ID field is left empty.
When the LSM ID of the XT high resolution clip appears in a clip, the virtual LSM ID is
updated to match.
So, if a XT low resolution clip is present in the clip, the only way its real LSM ID can be
retrieved is from the Clip Elements branch of the tree. This view and function should only
be used by system administrators and media managers.
3.2.4.
Normal Clip Versus Light Clip
Purpose
When a lot of users work on IPDirector, they can create a large amount of clips. This can
potentially lead to a situation where too many XT clips are created on the EVS video
server and where the database is overloaded by resources-consuming processes.
The concept of light clip has been introduced to avoid the creation of a large amount of
clips on an EVS video server. A specific user right is required to be able to create light
clips.
Normal Clip
When a clip is created from a live train, it will be a normal clip, stored on an EVS video
server with a LSM ID.
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Light Clip
When a sub-clip is created from a normal clip, a light clip will be created which contains an
XT clip element. This XT clip element will be stored in the IPDirector database but not on
the EVS video server because it is actually a reference to the original XT clip present on
the server. So, no LSM ID will be associated to the XT clip element from the light clip.
In the example below, the first clip is the normal clip created from the train and the second
clip is the light clip created by trimming the normal clip:
A light clip will not be taken into account in heavy processes such as clip-log autoassociations, bin filters,…
3.3.
Nearline Management
3.3.1.
Purpose
XT clips can be sent to a nearline for backup purpose. They are saved on the nearline as
files. Physical storage such as IP drive (or XF drive) can be used as nearline. A clip which
only contains a nearline file can be restored to an EVS video server, for example for
playout purpose.
Once a nearline directory has been configured in the Remote Installer, the IPDirector will
continuously scan the directory path looking for new files or files being deleted. The IP
drive service will also automatically detect the appearance of a new IP drive, or XFile
disk, or the ejection of a drive.
3.3.2.
Files Types
All the files appearing on the nearline storage are filtered according to a list of supported
extensions. Depending on the extension, they will or will not be visible in IPDirector.
Files can be classified among three types.
Files with a non-supported extension and which are not video files
They will be ignored and will not be visible in IPDirector.
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This could be an EVS XML file without an associated A/V file or this could be a file with a
non-supported extension like a dll, or a text file.
Files with an extension not supported on the nearline
They will be visible in the Media Files branch of the tree, but no clip will be created, so
they will not be visible in the Clips branch of the tree for most users.
The import status of this kind of files will be "unsuccessful" in the Import Status column of
the Media Files node with the error message stating "unsupported format".
In a future version of IPDirector, it will be possible to import these files by initiating a
transcoding process.
Files with an extension supported on the nearline
They will be visible in the Media Files and in the Clips branches of the tree.
This is the case for EVS MXF, QT, OP1A, Proxy (lo-res) and DV DIFF files.
In addition, some multi-files formats, having separate files for audio, video, and
sometimes a reference file, are now supported by IPDirector. With such files, IPDirector
links the different components and only one file appears in the Media Files grid.
This is the case for QT Ref, OPAtom and MPEG 1 Elementary System.
Metadata of this third kind of files can be obtained from three different sources which will
be reflected in the metadata source column of the Media Files node:
Metadata Source
Metadata Source Column
XML metadata file
XML
Header of an EVS MXF file
EVS MXF
no metadata
None
The Metadata files are automatically updated when clip metadata are changed.
3.3.3.
Error Messages
The following error messages could appear in the Error Message column of the Database
Explorer grid:
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Error Message
Source of the Error
Could not read metadata file
Bad metadata file: corrupted file or bad
syntax.
Some compulsory tags are missing from
the XML metadata file
Bad metadata file: missing tag or
incoherent data (e.g. IN < OUT).
Bad data in one or more metadata tag
Bad metadata file: bad/incoherent
data (e.g. IN < OUT, bad value).
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Error Message
Source of the Error
Unsupported A/V format. You need to
transcode your file before importing it to
IPDirector nearline.
Unsupported A/V format (recognized
by Timecode Extractor but not
supported natively).
Could not read A/V file. This file might be
corrupted or in the wrong format.
Corrupted A/V file. Timecode
Extractor or EVS MXF.dll cannot read
the file.
Supported Codecs
The following codecs can be managed by the nearline:
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SD: MJPEG SD, MJPEG Proxy, IMX 30, IMX 40, IMX 50, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO
50, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 (I-Field), DV25, H-264.
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HD: MJPEG EVS HD, MJPEG Standard HD, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 (I-Field), MPEG-2
HD (I-frame), Avid DNxHD® Lo, DNxHD® Hi 8 bits, DNxHD® Hi 10 bits, DVCPRO
HD 100 mbps, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 SQ, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 LT, AVC
Intra, H-264, AVC Intra 50, AVC Intra 100.
Off-line Nearline Files
Introduction
Off-line files are displayed in the Database Explorer when the Show off-line files option
is selected from the View menu available on the toolbar.
Display Off-line Clips or Clip Elements
All off-line clips and clip elements are displayed in italic.
A clip is off-line when all its clip elements are off-line.
For example, a clip which contains an off-line high resolution file and an on-line low
resolution XT clip will be on-line, even for "high resolution only" browsers.
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Operations on Off-line Clip or Clip Elements
The following operations are not allowed on off-line clips or clip elements:
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left-click
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right-click
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drag-and-drop
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double-click
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assign mode
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modify assigned keywords
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browse mode
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play mode
Status of Clip / Clip Elements
When a transportable media managed as an IP Drive storage is inserted or removed from
its host, the status of the clip and clip elements is updated automatically:
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the icon in the Clip Element column is updated:
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the text is changed between normal and italic
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4.
Clips View
4.1.
Elements Grid for Clips
4.1.1.
Clips Display in the Elements Grid
Clicking the Clips branch of the tree displays the list of clips in the Elements grid. Each
clip is displayed on a separate line within the grid but the view can be expanded thanks to
a small arrow at the beginning of each line. The different clip elements, XT clips and files,
making up the clip are then displayed on separate lines.
The Clips branch also lists the record trains from the servers present on the XNet. They
appear with the same icon
as XT high resolution clip.
Sub-branches only display the corresponding clip elements: XT clips for the EVS video
servers sub-branches, files for nearlines.
4.1.2.
Clip Data Columns
The clip data is organized in columns. Some of the details can be edited from here, others
are for viewing only. All the column headers can be used as filters when performing a
search.
See section "Organizing Columns" on page 13 for details on how to hide or show the
columns.
Most of the columns are described in the table below:
Column Name Description
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Thumbnail
A reference frame from the clip can be shown to identify the material
visually.
Key
Thumbnail
A reference frame from the Key clip can be shown relative to the
selected Fill clip.
Name
A clip can be automatically named:
• using a configuration setting in the EVS video server
• from the EVS video servers keyboard
• from the IPDirector Control Panel when using it to create clips
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Column Name Description
Clip Element
Displays all the icons corresponding to all the elements included in the
clip.
XT high resolution clip (green icon)
XT low resolution clip (blue icon)
on-line high resolution file (green icon)
on-line low resolution file (blue icon)
off-line high resolution file (green icon surrounded with red line)
off-line low resolution file (blue icon surrounded with red line)
Record trains are also listed with the
icon (green icon).
LSM ID
This is the virtual LDM ID as explained in section "Virtual LSM ID /
Real LSM ID" on page 19.
UmID
UmID is a fixed length 8-character ID. The EVS video server
automatically assigns a UmID each new clip. It is used for the unique
identification of a clip on an XNet network.
Within a clip, the UmID of the XT high resolution clip and the UmID of
the high resolution file are the same.
The UmID displayed is the UmID of the high resolution clip, if any.
Otherwise, it is the UmID of the high resolution file.
VarID
VarID is a 32-character ID with variable length and format. It is
automatically assigned to new clips. It is mainly used to ensure
redundancy on the system. It can be unique for a clip on the EVS
video server level or on the XNet network level, depending on the EVS
server settings.
Within a clip, the VarID of the XT high resolution clip and the VarID of
the high resolution file are the same.
The VarID displayed is the VarID of the high resolution clip, if any.
Otherwise, it is the VarID of the high resolution file.
Status
Displays the archive status of a clip. See section "Transfer Status
Icons" on page 41 for a complete list of all the icons which can be
displayed.
Protected
Displays the protection status of a clip. No icon is displayed if the clip
is not protected.
In hi-lo mode, two icons are present, one for each XT clip.
Icons available are:
high resolution clip protected by the IPDirector protocol
low resolution clip protected by the IPDirector protocol
high resolution clip protected by another protocol
low resolution clip protected by another protocol
See section "Clip Protection" on page 27.
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T/C IN
The IN timecode of the clip, without guardbands.
T/C OUT
The OUT timecode of the clip, without guardbands.
Duration
The clip duration from T/C IN to T/C OUT.
Limit IN
The Protect IN timecode of the clip including guardbands.
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Limit OUT
The Protect OUT timecode of the clip including guardbands.
Keywords
A list of the standard keywords that have been associated with the
clip.
Participants
A list of the participant keywords that have been associated with the
clip.
Level
A rating can be given to a clip, from zero to three stars. This can be
done during clip creation or later on and can provide a useful search
filter for use in the Database Explorer.
None,
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Ganged
If the clip is linked to other clips, because it has been created on
ganged recorders, the gang icon is displayed
Type
If the clip is a Key Clip, a Fill clip or a normal clip.
Creation Date
The date when the clip was created.
Source Name
The record source name of the channel where the clip was created.
This name is assigned in the EVS video server set up menus.
The source name is always the one of the high resolution element,
even if the element is off-line. If there is no high resolution element, the
field is empty.
Storage
Concatenation of the storage locations of all the clip elements.
Category
Category assigned to the clip in the Ingest Scheduler.
Tape ID
Tape ID as ingested in the VTR engine or from an AVID system.
SLSM
Indicates if a clip is a Super Motion clip or not
Owner
Clip owner identification.
Published
All the groups the clip has been published to.
In Bins
Provides the list of bins in which the clip has been inserted.
Profile
Provides the list of profile names associated to the clip.
Created in
IPEdit
Mentions whether the clip has been created in IPEdit (YES) or not
(NO)
Clip Protection
Clips can be protected by Multicam users or other IPDirector users. The clip protection
will not prevent other users from deleting the clips. However, it will warn them that the clip
is protected and should not be deleted.
Within IPDirector, you can protect and unprotect a clip mainly from the contextual menus
of the Database Explorer and the Control Panel or during the creation of a clip.
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Note
When you protect a XT hi-res clip, the lo-res version (if present) is protected
automatically and vice versa. Then, two icons will be displayed, one for each XT
clip. The protect feature does not affect hi-res or lo-res files.
If a clip is protected by the IPDirector protocol, the Protect icon
appears in the Protect column of the element.
If the clip is protected by another protocol, the Protect icon
appears in the Protect column.
(hi-res) or
(hi-res) or
(lo-res)
(lo-res)
Note
It is possible to protect a clip via IPDirector if it is already protected by another
protocol. This will ensure that the clip remains protected even if it is unprotected
later by the other protocol.
From IPDirector, it is not possible to remove the clip protection defined by
another protocol.
4.1.4.
Clip Contextual Menu
The Clip contextual menu is available when right-clicking a clip in the Elements grid. It
gives access to the actions that can be performed on clips.
Note
No contextual menu is available from a record train.
The following commands are listed in the Clip contextual menu:
Cut
Cuts the selected clip.
Only available from the Clips tab when a Bins tree branch is selected.
Copy
Copies the selected item. It can then be pasted into the clipboard or in a bin.
Paste
Pastes a shortcut of the copied clip into the selected bin.
This option is available from the Elements grid when an clip has been copied and a bin is
now selected.
Send to
Provides a list of possible destinations to which the selected item can be sent. Possible
destinations are:
• the user's default bin
• the user's default playlist, only available for a selected clip
• a default archive target
• any target destination visible on the GigE network that has been defined in the
Remote Installer (CleanEdit targets, Avid targets, Final Cut Pro targets, File targets,
EVS servers targets). This is used to make A/V material available to external
systems.
See section "Transferring Media" on page 37.
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Backup to Nearline
Used for the storage or the backup of the selected item to the default nearline or to a
nearline directory.
Provides a list of possible nearline destinations to which the selected item can be sent as
file, that is to say any destination folder visible on the GigE network that has been defined
in the Remote Installer to allow transfer. The file format is defined in the Remote Installer.
Users can access the A/V material of nearline folders in IPDirector, or restore it on an
EVS server.
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Copies a clip from an EVS video server to another one by the way of the Gigabit network,
as long as the servers have an operational GigE connection. This menu lists all the EVS
video servers that have a GigE address with sub-menus to select server pages.
Restore to XT
Restores the clip to an EVS video server. This can be:
• the default server.
The default server is defined in the XNet network page of the Remote Installer.
• one of the EVS video servers with GigE address present on the network.
A submenu is available from each EVS video server to select the server page where
you can restore the clip.
The system restores the clip portion between the IN and OUT points.
Publish
Opens the Publish window to publish the selected clip, or clip element within the clip, to
selected groups of users.
See section "Publishing a Clip" on page 35.
Delete
Allows the deletion of the selected clip, even if present in a playlist or timeline. See
section "Deleting a Clip" on page 31.
When deleting a clip from an XT node, the corresponding file will not be deleted.
This option is not available if the clip is part of a playlist or if it is currently loaded on a
player channel of an EVS video server.
Delete Selected Clip Elements
This option is only visible by high-low browsers. It is only available when right-clicking a
clip line, not a clip element line from the Clips expanded view.
The Delete window is then displayed and allows you to select the clip elements to delete.
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See section "Deleting a Clip" on page 31 for information on the option "delete clip if
present in a playlist or timeline".
View Key Clip
Displays the Key clip associated with a selected Fill clip. This option is only active for Fill
clips that are included in a Fill and Key association.
Edit
Opens the Edit Clip window, similar to the Save Clip window, from which the user can
modify the clip information. Metadata is common between all clip elements.
Modify T/C IN or Date
Opens the Modify T/C In or Date window from which the user can modify the IN timecode
or the date of the clip.
See section "Modifying the Timecode or the Date of a Clip" on page 42.
Generate XML Metadata
The XML file is synchronized for the selected clip or clip element, provided that the
IPDirector workstation has been configured as master. With workstations configured as
slave, an error message is displayed when using this option.
Generate thumbnail
This option is only available to users with admin or media manager rights.
Creates a thumbnail for the selected clip, with a maximum of 3 attempts.
Protect
Allows you to protect a clip from deletion:
• A Protect icon appears in the Protect column of the Elements grid when the clip is
protected.
• A message will warn the IPDirector users or the Multicam users who would try to
delete the clip.
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Unprotect
Allows you to unprotect the selected clip when it has been protected from IPDirector.
Duplicate
Opens the Duplicate Clip window where you can specify the location (LSM ID) on an EVS
video server of the XNet Network where the copy of the clip must be stored.
Files are not duplicated, even if the command is applied at the clip level.
See section "How to Duplicate or Move a Clip by Specifying an Exact Location" on page
34.
Move
Opens the Move Clip window where you can specify the location on an EVS video server
of the XNet Network where the clip must be moved.
This command is not available for files.
See section "How to Duplicate or Move a Clip by Specifying an Exact Location" on page
34.
Link
Allows you to link selected clips manually. It is only possible to link clips that are not
already associated with other clips.
Unlink
Allows you to unlink the clips linked to the selected clips.
Properties
Displays information related to the owner and the groups the selected item has been
published to.
4.2.
Deleting a Clip
When selecting the Delete option from the Clip contextual menu, the Delete Clips window
is displayed:
You can choose whether you want to force the deletion of the clip even if it is present in a
playlist or timeline.
If you do not tick the box in the Delete Clips window, only clips not present in playlist or
timeline could be deleted.
If you tick the box, several cases can occur depending on whether the playlist or timeline
is on-line or off-line.
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On-line Timeline
If the clip is present in on-line timeline, the clip will be deleted and the timeline element
will be replaced by a black element.
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On-line Playlist
If the clip is present in an on-line playlist, both the clip and the playlist element will be
deleted.
This may be particularly useful when operators want to purge the servers after the
playlists have been played out.
In case a file is present on the nearline, you will be asked whether you want to keep it
or delete it.
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Off-line Playlist
In case you want to be able to reuse the playlist but you do not want to keep the clip,
you need to put the playlist off-line and then force the deletion of the clip from the
Database Explorer. The clip will then be replaced by a virtual element.
◦
If a corresponding file is still present on the nearline, it will be used when browsing
the playlist from the Software Player. In addition, the VarID will be used to restore
the XT clip in the playlist when you put the playlist on-line again.
◦
If no corresponding clip element is available after the deletion of the XT clip, this
latter will be replaced by a virtual element in the playlist.
4.3.
Editing a Clip
4.3.1.
How to Edit a Clip from the Database
Explorer
To edit the clip data, proceed as follows:
1. Select the clip or a clip element.
2. Right-click and select Edit.
The Edit Clip window appears offering the ability to add or change clip data. For more
information on the Edit Clip window. See section "Edit Clip Window" on page 32.
4.3.2.
Edit Clip Window
In the Edit Clip window you can add or change clip data. It is accessible from the clip
contextual menu in the Database Explorer.
Changes are applied to all elements in the same clip, since all elements share the same
metadata.
The window is similar to the Save Clip window. See the Control Panel user manual for a
description of the fields and buttons displayed in the window.
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4.4.
Copying or Moving a Clip
4.4.1.
Ways to Proceed
Different ways exist to move or copy a clip:
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by drag-and-drop operations
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by the Duplicate or Move options from the contextual menu
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by the GigE connection (for copy only)
Note 1
During a Duplicate operation, only the XT clip will be copied, not the file.
During a Move operation, only the XT clip will be moved and receive a new LSM
ID. The file will keep the original LSM ID. However, the file will be listed under
the XT / page / bank of the moved clip, no longer under its previous location.
For example, a clip containing an XT clip and a file with "LSM ID = 621A/01" is
moved to position "113A/01". The clip is no more displayed in page 6 of server
01. It is listed under server 01, page 1, bank 1 with "LSM ID = 113A" and
contains an XT clip with "LSM ID = 113A" and a file with LSM ID = "621A".
Note 2
As some copy or move operations may take place between EVS video servers
on the XNet they will take some time to complete.
4.4.2.
Copying or Moving a Clip Using Drag-andDrop Operations
A clip can be selected in the right pane of the Database Explorer and dragged to a new
location in the tree structure in the left pane. The target is highlighted in the tree.
Depending on the option selected in Tools > Settings > General, the copy and move
functions could be performed in different ways: Windows style, Google style or Dialog
Box style. Refer to section "Settings" in part 1 of the user manual for more information on
these options.
The Dialog Box Style is the default value. When dragging a clip, displays a popup window
and asks the operator for the operation to perform.
Using this technique the clip will be copied or moved to the first available location in the
section of the tree it was dropped upon:
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If the clip is dropped on a server level of the tree it will be placed in the first available
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If the clip is dropped on a page level of the tree it will be placed in the first available
space in the page structure.
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If the clip is dropped on a bank level of the tree it will be placed in the first available
space in the bank structure.
How to Duplicate or Move a Clip by
Specifying an Exact Location
To duplicate or move a clip to an exact location, proceed as follows:
1. Select a clip to be moved or copied. You can select either the main clip line or the XT
clip line in the Database Explorer.
2. Right-click the clip and select Move or Duplicate.
3. The Move window or Duplicate window is displayed asking for the LSM ID for the new
location.
4. Type the LSM ID in the Target Clip ID field.
5. Click the Move button in the Move window, or the OK button in the Duplicate window.
The clip will be moved or duplicated (copied) to the location specified in the Target Clip
ID field.
4.4.4.
How to Copy a Clip to an EVS Video Server
through the Gigabit Ethernet
It is possible to copy a clip to an EVS video server belonging to the same or another XNet
network through the GigE network via the Gigabit Ethernet connection. For more
information, refer to the Technical Reference manual.
To copy a clip to an EVS video server, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the clip line or XT clip line corresponding to the clip you want to copy to
another server.
The clip contextual menu is displayed.
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2. Select Copy by GigE from the menu and the server you want to copy the clip to from
the Send to sub-menu.
The clip is copied and the
icon appears in the Status column.
Note
When copying a clip to another EVS video server from the same network, this
option can be used rather than the Send to > XT option to avoid the creation of a
target.
4.5.
Publishing and Transferring Media
4.5.1.
Publishing a Clip
Context of Use
Publishing a clip makes it visible to members of the group(s) the clip is published to.
The clips owner can publish the clips. This can be done from the Control Panel or from the
Database Explorer.
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Depending on the place you right-click, different clip elements from the clip will be
published:
Right-click
on…
Result
Clip line
All the clip elements are published.
The Group Name the clip has been published to appears in the
Published column, next to the clip and all the clip elements
XT hi-res clip
Only the XT clip is published, not the file.
The Group Name appears in the Published column, next to the clip
and the XT clip element.
File
Only the file is published, not the XT clip.
The Group Name appears in the Published column, next to the file.
How to Publish a Clip to a User Group
To publish a clip to groups of users from Database Explorer, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the clip.
2. Select Publish from the contextual menu.
The Publish window opens.
3. Select the user group(s) to which you want to publish the clip in the Available Groups
area on the left. Keep CTRL pressed to select multiple groups.
4. Click the Right Arrow button to move the selected user groups from the Available
Groups to the Selected Groups area on the right.
5. Click the Publish button.
All users belonging to the selected user groups and having visibility rights on the clips will
be able to view it.
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To un-publish a clip to a group of users, repeat steps above and perform the opposite
operation: select the user group in the Selected Groups area and click the Left Arrow
button.
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Transferring Media
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IPDirector gives full flexibility to directly send A/V files to third party systems (i.e. NLE
systems) and storage paths.
Sending media to third party systems or file archive targets will be performed with the
Send to command. Sending media to removable drives will be performed with the
Backup to Nearline command.
The table below lists the possible transfer destinations to transfer clips, edits, timelines,
or playlists and the sections which describe them.
Destination
See ...
the user's
default bin,
if any
...section "Bin Contextual Menu" on page 65.
the default
playlist, if
any
...section "Playlist Contextual Menu" on page 50.
This is only available for clips.
XT targets
The EVS servers for which the user has visibility right.
Third party
systems
(CleanEdit,
Avid, FCP)
...section "Sending Media to Third Parties" on page 38.
File archive
targets
...section "Managing File Archive Targets" on page 39
Default
archive
The default archive is a session folder of the XF set as the default XF.
The default XF must have been defined on the EVS video server where
the XT clip is physically stored. Refer to the Configuration manual of
your EVS video server.
Nearline
This is used to store or back up A/V material to a nearline folder, visible
on the GigE network, that has been defined in the Remote Installer.
Users can access the A/V material of nearline folders in IPDirector, or
restore it on an EVS server.
Warning
Refer to the IPDirector Technical Reference manual for more information on the
configuration of targets and nearline folders.
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Sending Media to Third Parties
Sending Media to a Xedio CleanEdit Storage
A clip or a playlist can be sent to a predefined CleanEdit target with the Send To >
CleanEdit sub menu. It is available from the Clip contextual menu orthe Playlist
contextual menu.
These destination targets must have been defined from the IPDirector Remote Installer
and a corresponding XML unit must have been correctly configured. The name used to
define the target is user-definable.
The targets can be configured as hi-res targets, lo-res targets or hi/lo targets.
Once the clip has been sent, it is immediately available in the CleanEdit database. It can
then be inserted into a project, edited or played out using Playout Organizer or Xedio
Playout Server.
Sending Media to an Avid System
A clip or a playlist can be sent to an Avid system with the Send To > Avid sub menu. It is
available from theClip contextual menu orthe Playlist contextual menu.
They can be sent via two different paths to an Avid system:
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The first method is to send them through the XNet network and then through the GigE
network between the Avid device and XFile. This method must be used if the EVS
video servers are not GigE equipped.
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The second and newer method would send the media directly from the EVS video
servers Gigabit Ethernet ports to the AVID TM initiated by an instruction to an
installed XTAccess/Xsquare application.
The network used for the transfer depends on the setup.
The Avid destination targets are predefined from the IPDirector Remote Installer. Their
names are user-definable. Refer to the IPDirector Technical Reference manual for more
information.
Avid TM, XFile and XTAccess/Xsquare components must have been correctly configured
in order to automate this procedure. Please refer to the corresponding user's manual for
more information.
The high resolution element is sent, with a priority on the XT clip.
Once the clip has been sent, it is immediately available in Avid (when an Asset
management system is in use, like Interplay or Transfer Manager). It can then be inserted
into a bin and can be inserted into an edit.
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Managing File Archive Targets
Introduction
File archive targets are usually created from the Remote Installer. However, the Send To
> Add File Archive Target option allows users to create file archive targets from the
IPDirector interface.
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All the file archive targets are displayed in the Send to sub-menu. Their names are userdefinable. The Send to option is available from theClip contextual menu orthe Playlist
contextual menu.
How to Add a File Archive Target
To add a file archive target to the list, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the Database Explorer grid.
2. Select the Send To > Add File Archive Target from the contextual menu.
The New Archive Target window opens.
3. Fill in the field in the New Archive Target window.
4. Click OK.
The new file archive target is added to the list of destination targets in the contextual
menu.
New Archive Target Window
The New Archive Target window makes it possible to add a new destination or archive
target. The fields displayed on the New Archive Target Window are described below:
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Field
Description
Target
Name
The name of the target as it will appear in the contextual menu, and in the
Remote Installer.
Backup
The destination folder where the file will be sent. Be sure this directory is
Destination shared with full control access.
Directory
File Format The file format. It can be MXF EVS, MXF OP1A, QuickTime Movie, or
QuickTime Reference, MXF OPAtom, AVI.
XML Unit
Drop-down list with the available XML Units, as defined in the Remote
Installer, which could manage all the files sent to the destination target.
Generate
XML
Metadata
file
When this check-box is selected, an XML file with the metadata of the
clips backed up is generated. This file is created at the same time as the
backup file for all media file formats. In the EVS MXF format, the
metadata is included in the media file itself.
XML
Metadata
file path
The destination folder where the XML Metadata file will be stored.
How to Remove a File Archive Target
To Remove a file archive target from the list, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the Database Explorer grid.
2. Select Send To > Remove Archive Target from the contextual menu.
The Remove File Archive Target window is displayed.
3. Select a target from the list.
4. Click the Remove button.
5. Answer Yes to the question asked to confirm the operation.
The archive target does not appear in the Send to contextual menu any more.
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Monitoring the Transfer Status
Purpose
The Transfer Monitoring pane provides detailed information on the clips, playlists, edits or
timelines transfers, would they be scheduled, on-going, finished or failed.
Accessing the Transfer Status Information
Information on the transfer status is available from different areas:
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In the Transfer Monitoring pane of the Database Explorer by clicking Tools >
Transfer Monitoring from the Database Explorer toolbar. In this pane, you can only
see transfer information about the item selected in the Elements grid.
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in the Transfer Monitoring window by clicking Tools > Transfer Monitoring from the
Menu bar of the main IPDirector window.
Transfer Status Icons
The Status column of the Elements grid gives information on the transfer status of the
selected clip or edit.The table below gives the meaning for most of the icons which can
appear in this column.
Icon Description
The clip is still in the process of being sent to a nearline/file archive target.
The clip is still in the process of being sent to CleanEdit application.
The clip is still in the process of being sent to Avid.
The clip is still in the process of being sent to an EVS video server through the GigE network.
The clip has been successfully sent to a nearline/file archive target.
The clip has been successfully sent to CleanEdit application.
The clip has been successfully sent to Avid.
The clip has been successfully sent to an EVS video server through the GigE network.
Clip for which the transfer to a nearline/file archive target failed.
Clip for which the transfer to CleanEdit application failed.
Clip for which the transfer to Avid failed.
Clip for which the transfer to an EVS video server through the GigE network failed.
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Note
Icons for destinations targets may have been customized from the Remote
Installer.
4.6.
Modifying the Timecode or the Date of
a Clip
Context of Use
The timecode and date corresponding to the IN point of a clip can be modified from the
contextual menu. This operation is very useful when re-ingesting a feed which must then
be associated to a logsheet, or simply because the A/V material ingested corresponds to
A/V material which was originally recorded at a different timecode and date.
Limitation
This operation only works on clips which do not contain file.
How to Modify the Timecode of the IN Point or the Date of a
Clip
To modify the timecode of the clip IN point or the date of a clip, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the clip line (or XT clip line) in the Database Explorer grid.
The clip contextual menu is displayed.
2. Select Modify T/C IN or Date.
This opens the following window:
3. Type the new Timecode IN with the format HH:MM:SS:FF in the IN field.
4. Select the new Date for the clip in the Date In drop-down list.
5. Click the Save button to save your changes.
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This option is available when multiple clips are selected. All the controls have
then empty values and a single change can be applied to the entire selection at
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Clip Elements View
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A clip element is the physical resource inside the clip: XT clip or media file. Every element
in a clip shares the same T/C IN and T/C OUT. See section "Clip Element Types" on
page 17 for the different kinds of clip elements.
When visible, clicking the Clip Elements branch of the tree displays a flat view of the clip
elements list in the Elements grid. Each element is displayed on a separate line within the
grid.
It also lists the record trains from the servers present on the XNet.
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The Clip Elements branch can be viewed only by administrators/media managers or,
in hi-lo mode, by hi-lo browsers with appropriate user rights. They first need to select
the Show Clip Elements Plug-in option from the View contextual menu.
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Clip Elements Tree Structure
Like the Clips branch, the Clip Elements tree structure of IPDirector, makes the following
sub-branches available:
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Physical hardware present on the XNet, such as:
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hi-res EVS video servers: displays XT hi-res-clips saved on the hi-res EVS video
servers.
Light clips are listed here as well even if they are not saved on a server but only
refer to a normal clip itself saved on a server.
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lo-res EVS video servers: displays XT lo-res-clips saved on the lo-res EVS video
servers
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XF[2] or XStore hosting XFile software: displays clips which have been backed up
to XFile and then published from XFile to the XNet
Even if an XT clip is backed up to XFile in a file format, when the file is published
from XFile, it appears as "XT type" element in the Elements grid.
Each machine can be searched by browsing the tree from network number > page >
bank.
5.4.
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On-line nearline: displays hi-res and lo-res files which have been backed up to
nearline/IP drive and for which the IP drive is still present on the XNet, so they still can
be immediately retrievable.
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Off-line nearline: displays hi-res and lo-res files which have been backed up to
nearline/IP drive and for which the IP drive has been removed. So, IP drive
identification allows files to be retrieved after re-inserting the drive.
Clip Elements Data Columns
The clip element information is organized in columns. Some of the details can be edited
from here, others are for viewing only. All the headers can be used as filters when
performing a search.
Most of the columns are the same than for Clips. See section "Clip Data Columns" on
page 25. Differences are listed in the table below.
Column
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Description
Element
Indicates
• File: for hi-res and lo-res files
• XT: for hi-res and lo-res clips
• XT: for XFile backup files which have been published on the XNet.
LSM ID
This is the real LDM ID as explained in section "Virtual LSM ID / Real
LSM ID" on page 19.
Material ID
A unique identifier given to an original clip by EVS not generally in use
at an operational level. This ID stays with the clip and will keep track
of copies of a clip related to the original by using this ID as it will not
change on the clip copies.
Hi-Lo
Indicates whether the clip element is hi-res or lo-res.
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Name
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Description
Storage
Name of the storage on which the clip element is stored:
• EVS video server for XT clips
• for nearline defined in the configuration menu: nearline directory for
files
• for detected IP drives: "drive name" on "machine name".
Storage of off-line clip elements are included if Show offline files is
enabled.
Master
This information is only for files. The column is empty for clips.
The master file is the first file created for a clip element and detected
on the nearline. The Master column indicates YES.
When shorter clips, are created from a file, they receive the flag NO in
the Master column.
Full Path
Only for files.
File Name
Only for files.
Cam Pref.
Displays a preference value that is generated when clips are created
from an LSM control panel.
Nb Audio
Tracks
How many audio tracks the clip has.
Video Format
Shows the video format of the clip:
PAL SD 625i, PAL HD 1080i, NTSC HD 1080i, …
Video Codec
Shows the video codec of the clip:
DNxHD, MPEG2 i-frame, …
Video Bitrate
Shows the video bitrate of the clip: from 20 to 360.
Aspect Ratio
4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Box, or 16:9.
VBI
This has a value when the clip contains information within the picture
such as teletext, VITC or other such data needed by graphics
applications.
Audio Type
Mono, Stereo, Dual Stereo, 8 tracks.
Clip Element Contextual Menu
The Clip Element contextual menu is displayed when right-clicking a clip element line. It is
the same as the Clip contextual menu obtained from the Clips Elements grid.
See section "Clip Contextual Menu" on page 28 for a detailed description of the different
options available.
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Deleting Clip Elements
When the user is viewing elements in this view, the only option is to delete directly the
element. There are no options for individual deletion of related elements. See section
"Deleting a Clip" on page 31.
In case of protected clip, the following warning is displayed in the Message Panel:
If the user is deleting a file, the user must have permissions to delete the file.
If the file is part of a clip, the user will receive a dialog box to delete the file or not.
5.7.
How to Manually Associate a Clip
Element to an Existing Clip
To manually associate a clip element and an existing clip with matching TC, proceed as
follows:
1. In the Elements grid, select a clip from the Clips view.
2. In the Database Explorer Tools menu, select Clip Element Association.
The Clip Element Association window opens.
3. Drag the clip line on the Name field of the Clip Element Association window.
Fields are automatically filled with clip information.
4. In the Elements grid, select a clip element.
5. Drag the clip element line on the right pane of the Clip Element Association window.
The association is created.
Note
Both LTC and USER TC must match for the association to be accepted.
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6.
Playlists View
6.1.
Introduction
A playlist is a group of clips put together to play out in a desired order.
Depending on the required complexity, different video and audio transitions can be defined
between each element of the playlist. Two types of playlist exist: off-line and on-line
playlists. An offline playlist is a playlist that does not yet reside on an EVS video server
but only exists inside the IPDirector database. For more information, refer to the section
on off-line and on-line playlists in the Playlist Panel chapter, in Part 6 of this user manual.
6.2.
Playlists Tree Structure
Playlists are stored in bank 0 of each page within an EVS video server. There are 10
spaces per page giving room to 100 playlists per EVS server. The on-line playlists tree
structure of the Database Explorer shows each EVS server and a sub tree for each page.
Right-clicking the playlists tree view gives access to the following contextual menu:
See section "Playlist Contextual Menu" on page 50 for a description of these options.
6.3.
Playlists Data Columns
Each playlist record in the list is shown with variable width columns providing information
about the data stored with the playlist.
Note
See section "Organizing Columns" on page 13 for details on how to hide or show
columns.
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Here are some of the columns which can be selected:
6.4.
Column Name
Description
Name
A playlist can be named:
• using the EVS video server keyboard
• from the Database Explorer
LSM ID
PL Number and EVS video server number that the playlist is on
Duration
Length of the playlist
Nbr of Elements
Number of elements in the playlist
AuxClip
ID Louth of an auxiliary track associated with a playlist
Owner
User who created the playlist
Published
Groups to which the playlist is published
Creation Date
Date when the playlist has been created
Ganged
Displays a ganged group that this PL is linked to
Keywords
Displays keywords that are associated to the playlist
Type
Displays if this is a normal playlist or defined as Fill or Key
Hi-Lo
Displays if this playlist is a hi-res or lo-res PL
Playlist Contextual Menu
The Playlist contextual menu is available when right-clicking a playlist in the Elements
grid.
For more information, refer to the Playlist Panel user manual.
The commands are described hereafter.
Cut
Cuts the selected playlist.
Only available from the Playlists tab when a Bins tree branch is selected.
Copy
Copies the selected item. It can then be pasted into the clipboard or in a bin.
Paste
Pastes a shortcut of the copied playlist into the selected bin.
This option is available from the Elements grid when an playlist has been copied and a bin
is now selected.
New Playlist
Opens the Create New Playlist window to create a new playlist.
Copy clips locally
Creates a copy of all distant elements of the selected item onto the local server.
Two options are available:
• Copy short: This copy will only include the media needed inside the item with
minimal guardbands created during copy.
• Copy long: This copy will include the complete original clips with their guardbands.
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Convert to Timeline
Opens the Make a Timeline Online window and allows users to convert the selected
playlist into a timeline which could then be managed through IPEdit.
Convert to Edit
Converts the playlist to an edit.
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Send to
Provides a list of possible destinations to which the selected item can be sent. Possible
destinations are:
• the user's default bin
• the user's default playlist, only available for a selected clip
• a default archive target
• any target destination visible on the GigE network that has been defined in the
Remote Installer (CleanEdit targets, Avid targets, Final Cut Pro targets, File targets,
EVS servers targets). This is used to make A/V material available to external
systems.
See section "Transferring Media" on page 37.
Flatten to XT
Displays a list of high resolution EVS servers and pages available on the XNet network to
which the user can store a consolidated clip out of the selected item.
The flattened clip will have the same VarID as the original item. That is the reason why the
flattened clip cannot be stored on the same EVS server as the original item, otherwise,
this would result in a VarID conflict.
Backup to Nearline
Used for the storage or the backup of the selected item to the default nearline or to a
nearline directory.
Provides a list of possible nearline destinations to which the selected item can be sent as
file, that is to say any destination folder visible on the GigE network that has been defined
in the Remote Installer to allow transfer. The file format is defined in the Remote Installer.
Users can access the A/V material of nearline folders in IPDirector, or restore it on an
EVS server.
Import
Imports the playlist structure and playlist related information from an XML file into
IPDirector.
Export
Exports the loaded playlist structure and playlist related information from IPDirector to an
XML file or CSV file.
Publish
Opens the Publish window in which you can specify the user groups the selected item
should be published to.
The item will be published to the selected groups, providing that they have the adequate
rights.
Edit/Rename
Opens the Edit a Playlist window from which the users can modify the properties of the
selected playlist.
Regenerate TC Output
Generates a continuous timecode to be able to browse a playlist easily.
Delete Playlist
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on a player channel.
Delete Playlists and Clips
Deletes the selected playlist and all the clips contained in the playlist, provided that they
are not inserted into another playlist. The option is only available when the playlist is not
loaded on a player channel.
The following window opens and allows you to select the clip element types you want to
delete.
Delete all unused Playlists
Opens the Delete Unused Playlists window from which you can select a reference date
for the deletion of playlists.
All the playlists (on all the EVS servers of the XNet network) not used since the reference
date will be displayed in the window. All the retrieved playlists or a selection of them can
be deleted.
Set as default playlist
Sets the selected playlist as default playlist.
Create an off-line copy
Creates an off-line copy of the selected playlist.
This new off-line playlist has the same content as the playlist selected. It also has the
same name but it has no LSM ID.
Copy/Move Playlist
Allows the users to:
• create an off-line or on-line copy of the selected playlist
• move the playlist to another EVS server
• make the playlist off-line.
Link
Links the selected playlists together.
Unlink
Unlinks the playlists linked to the selected playlists.
Properties
Displays information related to the owner and the groups the selected item has been
published to.
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Copying or Moving a Playlist
Different ways exist to move or copy a playlist:
6.6.
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by drag-and-drop operations: this can be done as explained for clips in See section
"Copying or Moving a Clip Using Drag-and-Drop Operations" on page 33.
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by the Copy/Move option from the contextual menu: this can be done as explained in
section "Copying and Moving a Playlist".
How to Delete A Playlist
To delete a playlist, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the playlist to delete.
The Playlist contextual menu opens.
2. Select Delete Playlist.
3. Confirm the deletion in the Delete Playlist(s) window that appears.
The playlist is deleted from the EVS video server and from the Database.
6.7.
Playlist Imports
6.7.1.
Import Options
Importing a playlist can be performed from several locations in the Database Explorer.
This option is always available from
6.7.2.
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the Playlist contextual menu of the Playlist tree view (Import…)
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the Bin contextual menu of the Bin tree view (Import a Playlist…)
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the Playlists list displayed in the grid (Import…)
How to Import a Playlist
To import the playlist definition, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click one of the locations listed above.
A contextual menu is displayed.
2. According to the menu, select Import or Import a Playlist from the contextual menu.
The Import Playlists window opens.
3. In this window, select the file that contains the playlist to import.
4. Click Open.
5. The Make a Playlist On-line window opens:
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This window is not displayed when the import is done from the Playlist node or
from the Playlist>Off-line node of the tree view.
In these cases, the playlist is made off-line.
6. Select an EVS video server to make the playlist on-line or None to make it off-line.
7. Select the Import and restore available files box if you want to restore the clips
making the playlist as well.
Note
Files must be on the nearline to be available.
8. Click OK.
The playlist and the clips are imported.
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Timelines View
7.1.
Introduction
A timeline is a series of clips put together in a given sequence. Audio and video effects
can be added between the clips of a timeline to create transitions, and many other editing
actions are possible on a timeline. In a timeline, the video and audio tracks of a clip can be
desynchronized from each other, unlike in a playlist.
In this branch of the tree, you can see timelines but not create or edit them. Timelines are
created, managed and edited in the IPEdit Module which is documented separately.
Unlike the playlist branches of the tree, there is no contextual menu for the Timelines
branch in the Database Explorer tree.
7.2.
Timelines Data Columns
Each timeline record in the list is shown with columns providing information about the data
stored with the timeline.
Note
See section "Organizing Columns" on page 13 for details on how to hide or show
columns.
Here are some of the columns which can be selected:
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Column Name
Description
Name
Timeline name
Description
Free text description entered in the Create a Timeline window.
LSM ID
Timeline number and EVS video server number where the timeline
is stored.
Nbr of Tracks
Number of timeline tracks (video + audio)
Audio
Configuration
Number of audio tracks and number of audio channels in the
tracks.
Duration
Length of the timeline (hh:mm:ss:ff)
Keywords
A list of the standard keywords that have been associated with the
timeline.
Participants
A list of the participant keywords that have been associated with
the timeline.
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You can manage a timeline via the Timeline contextual menu. To access it, right-click a
timeline in the Elements grid.
The available commands are described hereafter.
Cut
Not implemented.
Copy
Not implemented.
Paste
Not implemented.
Copy/move Timeline
Opens the Copy Timeline window that allows you to create a copy of the timeline and all
timeline elements to another server.
Copy clips locally
Creates a copy of all distant elements of the selected item onto the local server.
Two options are available:
• Copy short: This copy will only include the media needed inside the item with
minimal guardbands created during copy.
• Copy long: This copy will include the complete original clips with their guardbands.
Publish
Opens the Publish window in which you can specify the user groups the selected item
should be published to.
The item will be published to the selected groups, providing that they have the adequate
rights.
Edit/Rename
Opens the Edit a Timeline window from which you can modify the timeline properties as
entered when the timeline was created. The audio configuration can however not be
modified.
Delete Timeline
Deletes the loaded timeline from the IPDirector database and from the server. This does
not delete the related clips.
Delete Timeline and Clips
Deletes the loaded timeline from the IPDirector database and from the server, as well as
the clips created by the timeline engine.
Send to
Provides a list of possible destinations to which the selected item can be sent. Possible
destinations are:
• the user's default bin
• the user's default playlist, only available for a selected clip
• a default archive target
• any target destination visible on the GigE network that has been defined in the
Remote Installer (CleanEdit targets, Avid targets, Final Cut Pro targets, File targets,
EVS servers targets). This is used to make A/V material available to external
systems.
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Flatten to XT
Displays a list of high resolution EVS servers and pages available on the XNet network to
which the user can store a consolidated clip out of the selected item.
The flattened clip will have the same VarID as the original item. That is the reason why the
flattened clip cannot be stored on the same EVS server as the original item, otherwise,
this would result in a VarID conflict.
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Used for the storage or the backup of the selected item to the default nearline or to a
nearline directory.
Provides a list of possible nearline destinations to which the selected item can be sent as
file, that is to say any destination folder visible on the GigE network that has been defined
in the Remote Installer to allow transfer. The file format is defined in the Remote Installer.
Users can access the A/V material of nearline folders in IPDirector, or restore it on an
EVS server.
Export Timeline
Allows exporting the definition (EDL) of the selected timeline, in other words the timeline
structure and related information, in .xml format. This does not export the timeline
material.
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An edit is a container for an EDL, or Edit Decision List. It is represented by its name, its
metadata and its EDL. The EDL is the representation of the edit.
Edits may have been created from the IPD Xedio plugin, the Director's Cut module of
IPDirector or the IPBrowse application. They can also be created from the conversion of a
playlist. Edits can only be modified from the CleanEdit interface.
They can be organized in bins and sent to targets.
Right-clicking the Edits tree branch or an edit in the Elements grid gives access to a
contextual menu. See section "Edit Contextual Menu" on page 58 for a description of
these options.
8.2.
Edit Contextual Menu
You can manage an edit via the Edit contextual menu. To access it, right-click an edit in
the Elements grid.
The available commands are described hereafter.
Cut
Cuts the selected edit.
Only available from the Edits tab when a Bins tree branch is selected.
Copy
Copies the selected item. It can then be pasted into the clipboard or in a bin.
Paste
Pastes the copied or cut edit.
Only available from the Edits tab when a Bins tree branch is selected.
New Edit
Opens the New Edit window to create a new edit.
See section "Creating an Edit" on page 59 for more information on the fields available in
this window.
Send to
Provides a list of possible destinations to which the selected item can be sent. Possible
destinations are:
• the user's default bin
• the user's default playlist, only available for a selected clip
• a default archive target
• any target destination visible on the GigE network that has been defined in the
Remote Installer (CleanEdit targets, Avid targets, Final Cut Pro targets, File targets,
EVS servers targets). This is used to make A/V material available to external
systems.
See section "Transferring Media" on page 37.
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Flatten to XT
Displays a list of high resolution EVS servers and pages available on the XNet network to
which the user can store a consolidated clip out of the selected item.
The flattened clip will have the same VarID as the original item. That is the reason why the
flattened clip cannot be stored on the same EVS server as the original item, otherwise,
this would result in a VarID conflict.
Backup to Nearline
Used for the storage or the backup of the selected item to the default nearline or to a
nearline directory.
Provides a list of possible nearline destinations to which the selected item can be sent as
file, that is to say any destination folder visible on the GigE network that has been defined
in the Remote Installer to allow transfer. The file format is defined in the Remote Installer.
Users can access the A/V material of nearline folders in IPDirector, or restore it on an
EVS server.
Import...
Allows importing an edit, together with its EDL and metadata from an XML file into
IPDirector.
Export...
Allows exporting the selected edit. The whole EDL is copied to an XML file.
Publish
Opens the Publish window in which you can specify the user groups the selected item
should be published to.
The item will be published to the selected groups, providing that they have the adequate
rights.
Edit/Rename
Opens the Edit Edit window in which you can modify the edit information and metadata as
entered when the edit was created.
Delete edit
Deletes the selected edit(s).
Duplicate
Duplicates the edit by creating a new one with the same name, metadata and EDL.
Properties
Displays information related to the owner and the groups the selected item has been
published to.
8.3.
Creating an Edit
8.3.1.
Possible Ways for Creating an Edit
From the Database Explorer, users can create an edit in one of the following ways:
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Create an empty edit with an EDL containing the edit metadata. This is done by rightclicking the Edit tree branch or an edit in the Elements grid, selecting New Edit from
the contextual menu and filling the New Edit window described hereafter.
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Convert a playlist into an edit, as described in the Playlist Panel user manual. This is
done by right-clicking a playlist in the Elements grid and selecting Convert to Edit.
New Edit Window
Window Overview
The New Edit window makes it possible to enter general and customer-defined data
(called "metadata") for the edit. It is as follows:
The New Edit window is divided into two panes:
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The left pane contains the edit information, i.e. edit general data.
It is always displayed.
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The right pane contains the edit metadata, i.e. edit data based on customer-specific
fields defined in the metadata profile.
It is displayed by clicking the right area in the Pane Display button
.
Note
When the Edit/Rename option has been selected from the Edit contextual
menu, the Edit window opens. It is similar to the New Edit window and it shows
the data already entered for the edit. Users will not be able to modify some of
them.
Content of the New Edit Window
The Edit Information pane contains the following user interface elements.
Tape ID
This identifies the tape on which the edit is stored.
Name
User-defined name for the edit. It can contain up to 64 alphanumeric characters.
It is mandatory.
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VarID
VarID is a 32-character ID with variable length and format. It is automatically assigned to
a new edit. It is mainly used to ensure redundancy on the system. It can be unique for a
clip on the EVS server level or on the XNet network level, depending on EVS video server
settings.
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TC Track Start
Timecode value of the first field of the edit.
The default value can be set under Tools > Settings > IPEdit > General > Control
Track Initial Timecode, or left empty so the edit timecode will start at 00:00:00:00.
Description
Free text describing the edit.
Keywords
This area allows you to assign up to five keywords to an edit to qualify its content.
See section "Assigning Keywords to Media" on page 112 for more information on how to
assign keywords to media.
Interest Level buttons
The Interest Level buttons allow users to assign an interest rating to an edit. Four interest
levels can be defined, from no star to 3 stars. The background of the button corresponding
to the selected interest level is blue. The default value is the no star level.
Owner
Name of the user who created the edit.
Aspect Ratio
Aspect ratio of the edit. The possible values are [empty], 4:3, 16:9.
The 16:9 value is automatically selected and cannot be changed when an HD video
standard is choosen.
When the Edit Edit window is opened, an aspect ratio value can only be entered if the field
was previously left empty.
Video Standard
Video standard of the edit.
When the Edit Edit window is opened, a video standard value can only be entered if the
field was previously left empty.
Conversion Type
Conversion type for the aspect ratio of the edit.
If the aspect ratio is set to 16:9, the possible values are 4:3 -> 16:9 (PS), 4:3 -> 16:9
(LB).
If the aspect ratio is set to 4:3, the possible values are 16:9 -> 4:3 (PS), 16:9 -> 4:3 (LB)
The Edit Metadata pane contains the following fields:
Current Profile
Drop-down list from which the users with appropriate user rights can select the metadata
profile to be associated with the edit.
For users who do not have the right to choose a metadata profile, the profile set as default
in the Metadata Profile Management window is automatically applied with its fields and
default values.
For users who have the right to choose a metadata profile, the default profile will be
displayed the first time each user create an item. Afterwards, each user who will have
chosen another metadata profile at edit creation will get this new current profile at creation
of the next item.
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Metadata Profile fields
Fields belonging to the metadata profile selected in the Current Profile field.
The users can modify the values of the Metadata Profile fields, if they have appropriate
user rights. The modifications will only apply to the given edit and not impact the default
values of the profile.
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Bins View
9.1.
Introduction
All media connected to a particular project or event can be organized into a bin, regardless
of clip numbers or storage locations. This makes it possible to treat the entire XNet
network and nearline storage as one storage location, searchable by a standard database.
The results of searches can be stored to a bin to allow more immediate access to media
which may be stored on any machine on the XNet network.
Bins can now also include a Post-Process so-as to perform a function to all items arriving
into a bin.
9.2.
Bins Tree Structure
9.2.1.
Introduction
The Bins tree structure does not use any of the existing clip structure of the EVS video
platform: it is customized by the users depending on how they want to organize their clips,
playlists, timelines or edits. In the bin tree structure, the following rules are applicable:
9.2.2.
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A directory can contain other directories or bins.
•
A bin cannot contain a directory or another bin.
Tree View Elements
The table below mentions which elements are displayed in the Elements grid based on the
selected tree branch and the selected item type (clips, playlists, timelines or edits).
Selecting this branch displays, in the Elements grid, all the clips which are in bins and bin
directories.
The Elements grid contains four tabs, Clips, Playlists, Timelines and Edits, to display
respectively the clips, playlists, timelines and edits which have been sent to the selected
bin or bin directory.
Expanding the Bins view shows the bins and bin directories in the Tree view, as detailed
in the table below:
Tree Branch /
Sub-Branch
Description
Bin Directory: shows all the elements which are in all the bins and
directories under the selected directory.
Bin: shows all the elements which are in the selected bin.
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Description
Bin set as default bin.
Users Bin Directory: shows all the elements which are under all
the System [User] bin directories.
This directory is created by the system when an IPBrowse license is
found in the database. It is visible by all the users but no one can
modify, delete or publish it, nor add a bin or bin directory directly
under this directory.
Expanding the Users Bin Directory view displays the System [User]
bin directories for all the users:
System [User] Bin Directory: shows all the elements which are in
the bins and bin directories for the selected user.
Expanding a System [User] Bin Directory view displays all the bins
and bin directories for the selected user (here: pge). Its name
contains the user logging ID.
This directory is created by the system. It is visible by all the users
but only the owner of the directory and an administrator can modify,
delete or publish it, or add a bin or bin directory directly under this
directory.
System [User] Bin created by the system for the selected user. Its
name contains the user logging ID.
It shows all the elements put in it by the selected user.
It is visible by all the users but only the owner of the bin and an
administrator can modify, delete or publish it, or move this bin.
[User] Bin: created by the selected user under its System [User]
bin directory.
It shows all the elements put in it by the selected user.
Default [User] Bin: bin created by the selected user under its
System [User] bin directory and set as default bin.
It shows all the elements put in it by the selected user.
[User] Bin Directory: created by the selected user under its
System [User] bin directory.
It shows all the elements put in it by the selected user.
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Bin Contextual Menu
From the Bins node, different contextual menus can be accessed by right-clicking the
Bins tree node, a bin directory or a bin.
The commands are described hereafter.
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Open bin
Opens the bin in a separate window.
Send to
Provides a list of possible destination targets to which the selected bin and its content can
be sent.
Backup to nearline
Provides the list of nearline destinations to which the selected bin and its content can be
sent.
Import a playlist
Opens the Import Playlists window where you can select a playlist to import into the bin.
Publish
Opens the Publish window in which you can specify the user groups the selected bin or
bin directory should be published to.
The bin or bin directory will be published to the selected groups, providing that they have
the adequate rights.
New bin
Opens the Create a New Bin window where you can specify the name of the new bin.
This is available from a bin directory or from the Bins node of the tree view. Not available
from a bin nor from the Users bin directory.
New directory
Opens the Create a New Directory window where you can specify the name of the new
directory.
This is available from a bin directory or from the Bin node of the tree view. Not available
from a bin nor from the Users bin directory.
Delete selected
Deletes the selected bin or directory.
Click Yes in the confirmation window that appears to delete the bin or bin directory.
This is not available from the Users bin directory, from any System [user] bin directory,
nor from any System [user] bin.
Rename selected
Opens a window where you can change the name and description of the bin or bin
directory.
Set as default bin
Sets the selected bin as default bin, for use in Send to operations.
Go to default bin
Opens the default bin in a new Database Explorer window.
Bin rules
Opens a sub-menu with Bin rules operations.
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Create a new playlist (off-line)
Opens the Enter off-line playlist name window from which you can create a new off-line
playlist based on the selected bin.
Properties
Displays information related to the owner and the groups the selected bin or directory has
been published to.
9.3.
Elements Grid for Bins
9.3.1.
Introduction
In the element view of a bin, you can select which item type you wish to view by clicking
the corresponding button.
9.3.2.
Bin Data Columns
Each bin contains a list of clip elements, playlists, timelines or edits with all the data
available for each item and displayed in columns.
9.3.3.
Bin Element Contextual menu
The contextual menus available when right-clicking a bin item in the Elements grid are
similar to those in the Elements grids for each type of items.
The commands that differ from the contextual menus in the other Elements grids are
detailed in the table below.
For information on the common commands, refer to the following sections:
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"Playlist Contextual Menu" on page 50,
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"Timeline Contextual Menu" on page 56
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Command
Description
Remove from
bin only
Removes the selected item from the bin.
CLIPS: Delete
Deletes the selected clip from the bin and the actual clip location.
This option is not available if the clip is part of a playlist or loaded
currently on channels of an EVS video server.
PLAYLISTS:
Delete Playlist
Deletes the selected playlist from the bin and the actual playlist
location.
TIMELINES:
Delete
Deletes the selected timeline from the bin and the actual timeline
location.
Opening a Bin in a Separate Bin
Window
To open a bin window to drag clips into or see clips that are included in it, double-click the
bin name in the Tree view.
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Publishing a Bin or a Bin Directory
Publishing a Bin
Context of Use
Rather than sending a bin content to a target destination, bin owners may want to simply
show the content from a bin to a group of users. They can publish the bin to a selected
group.
When a bin is published, all the items (clips, playlists, timelines, edits) present in the bin
are published.
All the items (clips, playlists, timelines, edits) sent to the bin after the publication are
automatically published.
When a bin is un-published, all the items (clips, playlists, timelines, edits) present in the
bin remain published.
How to Publish a Bin
To publish a bin to groups of users from Database Explorer, proceed as follows:
1. From the Tree view, right-click the bin you want to publish.
2. Select Publish from the contextual menu.
The Publish window opens.
3. Select the user group(s) to which you want to publish the bin in the Available Groups
area on the left. Keep CTRL pressed to select multiple groups.
4. Click the Right Arrow button to move the selected user groups from the Available
Groups to the Selected Groups area on the right.
5. Click the Publish button.
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All users belonging to the selected user groups and having visibility rights on the bins will
be able to view it.
To un-publish a bin to a group of users, repeat steps above and perform the opposite
operation: select the user group in the Selected Groups area and click the Left Arrow
button.
Publishing a Bin Directory
The procedure to publish a bin directory is the same as for publishing a bin.
When a bin directory is published, all the bins and the directories in the bin directory are
published. Any bin or bin directory created afterward will not be published automatically.
When a bin directory is un-published, all the bins and the directories in the bin directory are
un-published.
9.6.
Bin Rules
9.6.1.
What is a Bin Rule
A bin rule is a set of criteria that automatically makes a reference to clips, playlists, or
timelines to a certain bin when they are created.
A bin rule is defined for a certain bin. It can be defined for clips, playlists and/or timelines.
Bin rules automatically apply to all new elements upon creation. They can also be applied
to previously created elements, if so desired.
Bin rules do not remove clips from the bin if they no longer meet the bin rule. The process
is only for placing clips into the bin.
9.6.2.
How to Define a New Bin Rule
With a basic bin rule, you can select a target or a nearline destination to send new clips or
playlists to or you can request new clips to be automatically protected.
To define a new bin rule, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the bin for which you want to define a bin rule.
The Bin contextual menu is displayed.
2. Select Bin Rules > Create Bin Rules.
The Bin Rules window opens. See section "Bin Rules Window" on page 72 for a
detailed description of the window.
3. Select the tab corresponding to the items you want the bin rule apply to (Clips /
Playlist).
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4. You can
◦
Define a post process by selecting the target/nearline destination where you want
to automatically send new items.
So, when creating a clip or playlist, if you request to send the new item to the bin
for which the post process has been defined, it will automatically be sent to the
target selected in the Bin Rules window.
◦
Select the Protect Clip when inserted in bin option.
So, new clips sent to the corresponding bin will automatically be protected. This
option is not available for playlists.
5. Select the range of dates between which the bin rule must be applied in the Validity
from and Validity until fields.
The selected post-process will automatically be applied to clips or playlists that will be
copied to this bin.
9.6.3.
How to Use a Filter to Define a Bin Rule
You have the possibility to use a search filter of your choice to define a bin rule. This filter
criterion may be combined with a post process criterion explained in the previous section.
To do so, proceed as follows:
1. Apply a filter with Quick Text Search or Grid Filters.
See section "Searching for Media" on page 82 for details.
2. Right-click the bin
3. Select Bin Rules > Set Current Filter as Bin Filter from the contextual menu.
The Bin Rules window opens. See section "Bin Rules Window" on page 72 for a
detailed description of the window.
4. Select the Clips / Playlist / Timeline tab to check the Condition summary.
5. (optional) Select the Apply bin rule filter to existing clips option if you want the
new rule to apply to existing material.
This is only available for clips, not for playlists or timelines.
6. Set the Post Process options, if desired.
7. Set the Validity dates for the bin rule.
8. Click the Save button.
The clips, playlists or timelines that match the rules you have defined, will now
automatically be copied to this bin.
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9.6.4.
How to Modify an Existing Bin Rule
To modify an existing bin rule, proceed as follows:
1. Select a bin in the tree structure.
2. Right-click the bin.
3. Select Bin Rules > Modify Bin Rules from the contextual menu.
The Bin Rules window opens.
4. Select the Clip, Playlist or Timeline tab, depending on which elements the rules
should be modified for.
5. Make your modifications.
6. Click the Save button.
9.6.5.
How to Apply an Existing Bin Rule
To apply an existing bin rule, proceed as follows:
1. In the tree structure, select the bin for which a bin rule has been defined.
2. Right-click the bin.
3. Select Bin Rules > Load current bin filter and then the item type (Clips, Playlists,
Timelines) from the sub-menu.
The filter defined in the bin rule is applied to the bin.
9.6.6.
How to Delete an Existing Bin Rule
To delete an existing bin rule, proceed as follows:
1. Select a bin in the tree structure.
2. Right-click the bin.
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3. Select Bin Rule > Delete Bin Rules from the contextual menu.
The Delete Bin Rules window opens:
4. Click Yes to confirm.
9.6.7.
Bin Rules Window
Overview
The Bin Rules Window contains three tabs: Clips, Playlists and Timelines.
Filter Rules Area
Condition Summary: indicates the search filter applied to the Database Explorer grid
which can be defined as a bin rule.
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Apply bin rule filter to existing clips checkbox: when selected, the bin rule will be
applied to all the existing clips present on the network. All the clips will be copied to the
bin.
Clear This Filter button: clears the filter for the selected tab only. This allows clearing a
clip filter and keeping a playlist or timeline filter.
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This is not available for Timelines.
Send to tree: displays all the targets, as available in the Save Clip window (from the Clips
tab), or all the files and Xedio targets (from the Playlists tab).
Backup to Nearline tree: displays all the nearline directories (for Clips and Playlists).
Protect Clip when inserted in bin checkbox: automatically protect the clip when it is
sent to the bin.
Clear Post processes button: clears the Post Processes defined for the selected tab
only. This allows clearing a clip post process and keeping a playlist or timeline post
process.
Validity Area
The validity dates specify from and until when the bin rule will be applied. The clips,
playlists or timelines matching the bin rules will not be copied to the bin the day before the
Validity from [date] field and no longer be copied after the day specified in the Validity
until [date] field.
The default Validity from [date] is set to the current day and the default validity period is
one day.
Depending on the validity dates for the bin rule, different icons will be displayed in the tree
view, next to the bin:
Bin Rule
Icon
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Meaning
(blue)
A filter rule is set but it is not yet active as the Validity from [date] is
later than the current day.
(white)
A filter rule is set and is active and the Validity until [date] is later than
the current day.
(red)
A filter rule is set and is active and will expire at the end of the current
day.
( blue)
A post-process condition is set but it is not yet active as the Validity
from [date] is later than the current day.
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Bin Rule
Icon
( green)
(red)
Meaning
A post-process condition is set and is active and the Validity until [date]
is later than the current day.
A post-process condition is set and is active and will expire at the end
of the current day.
Icons may be combined as follows if a filter rula and a post-process condition have been
set:
,
,
.
The validity date is calculated against the current date and time as defined on the EVS
video server. This is displayed in the top right corner of the IPDirector main window.
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10.
Logs View
10.1.
Introduction
The logs section of the Database Explorer allows you to browse for logs of any event for
which a log has been created. Then you can use the search features to filter the data.
The Elements grid represents the content of the selected logsheet. Logs are displayed
with the highlighted color associated to each of them at creation in .
The log view can be expanded thanks to a small arrow at the beginning of each line in the
grid to display log entries, Protect Media clips and associated clips.
Refer to the chapter on IPLogger in the user manual for more information.
10.2.
Logs Tree Structure
10.2.1. Introduction
You can build and customize the Logs tree structure, by adding and organizing directories.
The Logs tree structure displays directories you may have created as well as the
logsheets which have been created with IPLogger.
You can take advantage of the log directories by searching all logsheets contained inside
the directory. This allows a search across a range of logsheets instead of all sheets in the
system.
Note
If you have selected a directory in the logs tree structure, the system will disable
the Automatic Refresh option for the time being. This is to minimize wasteful
database query updates on the browser window.
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10.2.2. Logs Tree View Elements
The table below mentions which elements are displayed in the Elements grid.
Selecting this branch displays, in the Elements grid, all the logs present in the IPDirector
database.
Expanding the Logs view shows the log sheets and log directories in the Tree view, as
detailed in the table below:
Tree Branch /
Sub-Branch
Description
Log Directory: shows all the logs from all the log sheets which are
in the selected directory.
Log Sheet: shows all the logs which are in the selected log sheet.
Log sheet of which all the logs are protected.
Log sheet of which some of the logs are protected.
Log sheet of which none of the logs is protected.
Log sheet which has been de-activated.
10.3.
Contextual Menus
10.3.1. Log Branch and Log Directory Contextual
Menu
Contextual menus are available when you right-click the Logs branch or a log directory in
the Tree view.
The commands are described hereafter.
New Directory
Creates a new log directory. You can create sub-directories in the same way.
Rename Directory
Renames a new log directory.
Delete
Deletes a log directory from the EVS video server and the database.
Publish
Opens the Publish window to publish the log directory to selected group of users.
The log directory will be published to the selected groups providing that they have the
adequate rights.
If the Publish action is done from a log directory, all logsheets present in this directory and
its sub-directories will be published to the selected user groups.
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Properties
Displays information related to the owner and the groups the selected item has been
published to.
10.3.2. Logsheet Contextual Menu
A contextual menu is available when you right-click a logsheet in the Tree view.
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The available commands are described hereafter.
Export
Opens the Export a Logsheet window from which you can browse for the destination
folder, select the desired file type and enter a file name.
A logsheet can be exported either in XML or in text format (CSV).
• XML files can be re-imported into another IPDirector workstation at a different
location.
• CSV files can be re-imported into software such as Microsoft Excel ® to produce a
printout.
During the export process, the logsheet keywords and the logs keywords appear in the
XML or CSV file in the order they have been entered by the logger.
Export current logging profile
Opens the Export Profiles window from which you can browse for the destination folder,
select the desired file type and enter a file name.
A logging profile used with a logsheet can be exported in XML format.
Deactivate logsheet
Deactivates a logsheet. This can be done when the logsheet is completed to improve the
performance of the system. Once de-activated, a logsheet cannot be modified and cannot
be associated to clips. This permits to reduce the network load and database activity.
Refer to the IPLogger chapter for more details.
Reactivate logsheet
Re-activates a logsheet which has previously been de-activated.
Delete
Deletes a logsheet from the EVS video server and the database.
Enter TC Offset
Opens the Enter Logsheet Offset window from which you can set a timecode offset when
logs and clips have been created on different machines, with different timecode values.
Refer to the IPLogger chapter for more details.
Publish
Opens the Publish window to publish the logsheet to selected group of users.
The logsheet will be published to the selected groups providing that they have the
adequate rights.
Properties
Displays information related to the owner and the groups the selected item has been
published to.
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10.3.3. Log Entry Contextual Menu
The Log Entry contextual menu is available when right-clicking a log entry from the
collapsed view of the grid. It gives access to the actions that can be performed on logs.
Field
Description
Edit
Opens the Edit a Log window that allows users to modify the log metadata.
You may change some data, such as interest level, color,…, for multiple logs at
once: select all the lines to edit and choose the data you want to associate to all
of them in the Edit log window.
View
and
Edit
Opens the Edit a Log window that allows users to modify the log metadata and
loads the log at the log timecode position on the player channel associated with
the Database Explorer window.
View
Loads the log on the player channel associated with the Database Explorer
window.
Delete Deletes the selected log entry(ies).
Note
Right-clicking a protect media clip or an associated clip from the expanded view
of the log entry in the grid will display the Clip contextual menu.
10.4.
Creating Clips Automatically from a
Log Entry
Introduction
A clip can be automatically created around a log timecode on the record train selected as
the preview recorder or on all relevant recorders.
Prerequisite
Pre Mark and Post Mark durations must have been set via the Automatic Clip Creation
based on Logs setting in the Tools > Settings > Clips > General category.
How to Create Clips Automatically from a Log Entry
To automatically create a clip based on a log entry, proceed as follows:
1. Select the log line in the Database Explorer Elements grid.
2. Drag the log entry onto a bin in the Database Explorer tree or onto an open Bin
window.
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A clip is automatically created with the duration between the clip IN point and the log
timecode corresponding to the set Pre Mark and the duration between the log timecode
and the clip OUT point corresponding to the set Post Mark.
You can create a clip on all relevant recorders in one single drag-and-drop operation by
holding the SHIFT key on the keyboard.
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If you hold the CTRL key during the drag-and-drop operation, the Save Clip window is
opened. Then you can name the clip and associate metadata.
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The media files are the files which have been stored on the nearline. They can be on-line,
when the physical storage (IP drive or XFile drive) is still present. They are called "offline", when the physical storage where they have been stored has been removed and is no
more present. However, the IPDirector keeps all the information related to these off-line
files to enable an easy retrieval of the required files.
See section "Nearline Management" on page 21 for major details about the nearline.
11.2.
Media Files Tree Structure
The Media Files branch can be viewed only by administrators/media managers or, in hi-lo
mode, by hi-lo browsers with appropriate user rights, provided that they first enable the
Show Media Files Plugin from the List View contextual menu.
The purpose of this branch is to perform file management operations: delete, copy,
move,…
Within the Media Files tree structure of IPDirector, sub-branches are available for on-line
media files and for off-line media files.
Clicking the Media Files branch of the tree displays on-line hi-res and lo-res media files as
well as off-line hi-res and lo-res media files in the Database Explorer grid.
They are listed with full file name, file extension and full path of their physical storage
location.
Each line can be expanded in the Elements grid by using a small arrow at the beginning of
each line.
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11.3.
Media Files Contextual Menu
Different contextual menus are available.
When you right-click a file from the collapsed view of the element list, the Media Files
Contextual menu is displayed. It gives access to the actions that can be performed on
files from the Database Explorer.
The Re-Scan XML Metadata option is used in case the import of metadata from the XML
file has been unsuccessful and you want to scan the XML metadata file again.
When you right-click a line in the expanded view of the element list, the Clip contextual
menu is displayed. It is the same menu as the one obtained from the Clip branch of the
tree. See section "Clip Contextual Menu" on page 28 for a detailed description of the
different options available.
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When the IPDirector database contains large amounts of data, it may become difficult to
find a specific element. The Database Explorer offers several ways to refine the list of
elements displayed in the Element grid and speed up your search:
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Branch selection in the Tree view - Select a branch in the Tree view to limit the list to
specific item types or only a subset of the Tree view.
•
Quick text search - Enter free text in the Quick Text Search field to perform a search
on a specific string.
•
Quick timecode search – Enter a timecode value in the Quick Timecode field to
perform a quick search on a specific timecode.
•
Advanced search filter – Enter specific criteria in the grid filters to perform a search on
specific metadata associated with the elements.
All these search tools can be combined.
An applied filter can be saved for later use. Such a saved filter can then be applied in one
click.
A search can also be facilitated by ordering the Elements grid. See section "Elements
Grid" on page 12 for more information.
12.2.
Branch Selection in the Tree
The Database Explorer is presented in a tree structure, much like Windows Explorer.
The Tree view allows the users to browse and perform search in the database and the
nearline. By browsing the tree structure, a selection is made and displayed in the Element
grid.
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When other search tools (Quick TC Search, Quick Text Search, Grid Filters or Saved
Filters) are already applied, these are then limited to the selected branch.
See section "Tree View" on page 7 for a description of the user interface elements of the
Tree view.
12.3.
Quick Timecode Search
12.3.1. Purpose and Context of Use
The Quick timecode search allows searching on a timecode value, associated or not with
a date value, to find this value in the elements displayed in the list.
The Quick timecode search may be conducted on clips, clip elements, logs and media
files, but not on playlists nor timelines.
Timecode values taken into account for the search are:
Media Item
Timecode values
Clips
Protect IN ≤ TC < Protect OUT
Also written "Limit IN ≤ TC < Limit OUT"
Clip Elements
Protect IN ≤ TC < Protect OUT
Also written "Limit IN ≤ TC < Limit OUT"
Logs
TC – range ≤ TC < TC + range
Media Files
Protect IN ≤ TC < Protect OUT
Also written "Limit IN ≤ TC < Limit OUT"
The system performs a search for all the elements which contain the specified timecode
value, among the elements displayed in the Database Explorer grid.
12.3.2. Quick Timecode Search Field Display
To display (or hide) the Quick TC Search field, proceed as follows:
1. Click the small arrow next to the Search button
.
2. Select Display Timecode Search (or Hide Timecode Search) from the menu.
The Quick TC Search field is displayed:
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Information displayed in the Quick TC Search field can be changed as follows:
1. Right-click the Timecode field.
A contextual menu with the following options is displayed:
◦
Timecode
◦
Timecode and date
2. Select one of the options.
3. When the date is displayed, clicking it in the Timecode field opens a calendar for date
selection.
The search is performed on timecode and date if the field displays the timecode and the
date.
The search is performed only on timecode if the field does not display the date.
12.3.3. How to Perform a Quick Timecode Search
To perform a Quick TC Search, proceed as follows:
1. Select the tree branch you wish to perform a quick search on.
2. Show the columns you wish to perform a quick search on.
3. Click in the Quick TC Search field.
4. Enter a timecode value in the Quick TC Search field.
5. Press ENTER to apply the Quick TC Search on the selected Database Explorer
branch.
The Quick TC Search is applied and the search result is displayed in the grid.
6. To clear the applied Quick TC Search, click the X button to the right of the search field
or click the Clear All button to clear all filters on the Grid Filter bar and/or from
the Quick search options.
A Quick Timecode search may be combined with a Quick Text search. In this case, both
conditions must be met to give a result in the grid.
12.4.
Quick Text Search
12.4.1. Purpose and Context of Use
The Quick Text Search function is used to perform a search based on free text entered in
the Quick Text Search field. This field is available on the top of the Elements grid:
See section "Quick Text Search Associated Buttons" on page 11 for the description of the
buttons associated to the Quick Text Search field.
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Users can enter a search string in one of the following ways.
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Entering the search string in full in the Quick Text Search field.
•
Clicking the arrow next to the Quick Text Search field, so the last 10 searches are
displayed, and then selecting one of them. See section "Quick Text Search Field
Display" on page 86.
•
Starting to type a search string in the Quick Text Search field, so the Autocomplete
function displays a list of proposals, and one of them can be selected. See section
"Autocomplete Function in Quick Text Search Field" on page 87.
A Quick timecode search may be combined with a Quick text search. In this case, both
conditions must be met to give a result in the grid.
12.4.2. Search on Displayed / All Columns
Search on Displayed Columns
By default, the columns that are taken into consideration for the Quick Text Search are the
ones currently visible in the Elements grid. You can add other columns to the Elements
grid view by right-clicking the grid header and selecting Organize from the contextual
menu.
Search on All Columns
To activate the Search on All Columns option, click the small arrow next to the Search
button and select Search on all columns from the contextual menu:
When this search function is active, the Search button is highlighted:
or
.
Then you can perform the search in the Quick Text Search field as usual.
To deactivate the option, select again the Search on all columns option.
Note
When the Search on All Columns option is activated, the search process may
be slower.
Tip
If you perform a Search on all columns without having displayed all the columns,
you will not be able to identify in which column the search string has been found.
For the sake of clarity, it is recommended to display all columns when you
perform a Search on all columns.
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12.4.3. Search for Synonyms
Users have the possibility to perform a search for word synonyms, provided that they
have been defined in the SQL thesaurus file and that the corresponding option has been
set in the IPDirector General setting Freetext searches behavior.
Then, a search performed with a search string will return the predefined synonyms as
well. This function can be used to search for translated words.
12.4.4. Quick Text Search Field Display
The following table shows the various displays for the Quick Text Search field, and what
they mean:
Display
Meaning
The field background is gray:
No Quick Text Search is applied nor entered.
The field background is red:
The user is typing or has typed a search string, but has not
applied it yet, or a search has been applied but the user has
typed another search string in the field and not applied it yet.
The field background is green:
The user has applied the search string, by pressing ENTER.
The result of the Quick Text Search is displayed in the grid.
The down arrow next to the Quick Text Search field gives
access to the last 10 searched strings.
12.4.5. Quick Text Search Syntax Rules
The Quick Text Search option obeys specific rules which can be accessed via the Help
button next to the Quick Text Search field:
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The string that you enter in the Quick Text Search field is analyzed according to the
following set of rules:
Search
String
Search Result
Logical
Equivalent
Yellow card
Searches for the words yellow and card, even if in
two different fields (columns), for example yellow in
Name and card in Keywords.
For example a clip named "The Yellow Man" with
keywords "Red Card" will be found, since it has
yellow and card in 2 different fields.
"Yellow" AND
"card"
Yellow | card
Searches for yellow or card, even if in two different
fields (columns), for example yellow in Name or
card in Keywords.
"Yellow" OR
"card"
"Yellow card"
Searches for exact matches of Yellow card. Between the quotes, all characters are considered
as characters and not operators or wildcards.
"Yellow card"
card*
Searches for card at the beginning of a word. "card"*
*card*
Searches for all words that include card.
*"card"*
=card
Searches for a whole field that contains only card.
For example, if a field contains yellow card, the
=card condition will not return any result.
Search operators may be combined.
12.4.6. Autocomplete Function in Quick Text
Search Field
Introduction
The Autocomplete function is a help service for the capture of the search string.
As soon as the users start typing in the Quick Text Search field, the Autocomplete
function provides a list of matching words and sentences known by the system and
containing a word beginning with the typed letters.
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Warning
Make sure the IP API service is started to be able to use the Autocomplete
function.
Result Types in the Autocomplete List
The list displayed below the Quick Text Search field is made up of different types of
results, as described in the following table.
Icon
Description:
The line displays the result corresponding to the typed letters and …
… coming from the local search history. Several lines can be displayed, the
most recent are shown on the top of the list.
… coming from the 100 most popular searches asked to the system since its
startup, and launched from the same tree branch. Several lines can be displayed,
the most frequent are shown on the top of the list.
… coming from an index of words entered in text fields, such as item name,
item source name, item VarID, tape ID, item metadata text. Keywords are not
indexed in this list. Several lines can be displayed, sorted alphabetically.
… corresponding to a keyword from a keyword list.
… corresponding to a participant from a keyword list.
The proposals made in the Autocomplete list for the local search, popular search and
indexed words depend on the tree branch selected at the time when a word is typed. For
example, if the Logs view is selected in the tree view, only the searches performed on the
Logs view will be proposed, as well as indexed words attached to logs.
Proposed keywords and participants are not linked to the selected tree branch.
How to Perform a Quick Text Search with the
Autocomplete Function
Search on One String of Characters
To perform a Quick Text search, proceed as follows:
1. Select the tree branch you wish to perform a quick search on.
2. Display the columns you wish to perform a quick search on.
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3. Type a search string in the Quick Text Search field.
A list of proposals is displayed as soon as you start to type and it is refined as you go
on typing.
4. Select a line by using the mouse or the
key.
5. Press ENTER.
The search is launched with the selected proposal on the selected Database Explorer
tree branch.
The search results are displayed in the grid.
6. To clear the applied Quick Text Search, click the Clear Quick Text Search button
(white
) to the right of the search field.
7. To clear all the filters applied, from the advanced search filters, from the Quick
Timecode Search and from the Quick Text search options, click the Clear All button.
Search on Two Strings of Characters
To perform a search based on two words, proceed as follows:
1. Follow steps 1 to 4 from the previous procedure.
2. Press Space bar and then start to type a second word.
A new list of proposals is displayed based on the second word.
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4. Press ENTER.
The search is launched with the two selected proposals on the selected Database
Explorer branch.
12.5.
Advanced Search
12.5.1. Purpose and Context of Use
The Advanced Search functions are available for more detailed search operations. They
allow searches on a specific column of the grid.
Advanced Search fields can be displayed on the top of the Elements grid, within each
column.
12.5.2. Advanced Search Fields Display
Displaying Advanced Search Fields
To display the Advanced Search fields, click the Show/Hide Grid Filter Bar button over
the grid.
The Grid Filter bar is displayed with an Advanced Search field above each column in the
Elements grid.
Hiding Advanced Search Fields
To hide the Advanced Search fields, click the Show/Hide Grid Filter Bar button again.
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Different types of advanced search fields exist:
•
free text fields: search data can be entered directly in these fields.
◦
in most of the cases, no button is available next to the field, e.g. Name field.
◦
Keywords and Participants search fields
•
field with an option list: an arrow giving access to a list of options is available on the
right of the field .
•
field with a complex filter button to the right of the field giving access to a Select Filter
Condition window to define specific search values, e.g. Date field, Keywords field,…
12.5.4. How to Clear an Applied Advanced Search
Filter
To clear a filter applied on an advanced search criterion, click the X button next to the
corresponding criterion:
When filters have been applied from several search tools, all the filters can be cleared by
clicking the Clear All button next to the Quick Text Search field:
12.5.5. Search in Free Text Fields
Autocomplete Function in Free Text Search Fields
The Autocomplete function is a help service for the capture of the search string. The
Autocomplete function, described in section "Autocomplete Function in Quick Text
Search Field" on page 87 for the Quick Text Search, is also enabled during searches in
free text search fields of the grid filters.
The Autocomplete list, displayed under free text search fields of the grid filters, is limited
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compared to the one shown under the Quick Text Search field. No local search or popular
search will be proposed.
•
Only indexed words
Participants fields.
will be listed under free text fields other than Keywords or
•
Only keywords
•
Only participants keywords
will be listed under the Keywords field.
will be listed under the Participants field.
Free Text Search Syntax Rules
The string that you enter in the free text search field of a grid filter is analyzed according
to the same set of rules as for the Quick Text Search. See section "Quick Text Search
Syntax Rules" on page 86 for details on these rules.
Preliminary Steps
1. Select the tree branch in the Tree view.
2. Display the columns you wish to perform a search on.
3. Display the Grid Filter bar by clicking the Show/Hide Grid Filter Bar button over the
grid.
How to Perform a Search on Free Text
To enter search values in a free text field of the grid filters, proceed as follows:
1. Type a search string in the field, based on the rules detailed in "Free Text Search
Syntax Rules" on page 92.
A list of proposals is displayed as soon as you start to type and it is refined as you go
on typing.
2. Select a line by using the mouse or by pressing the
key.
The search is launched on the selected tree branch.
The search results are displayed in the grid.
Note
Off-line clips or clip elements are displayed in filters results.
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12.5.6. Search in Non-Free Text Fields
Preliminary Steps
Non-free text search fields of the grid filters give access to an option list to select a search
value or to a Select Filter Condition window to define specific search values.
Before starting a search, do the following steps:
1. Select the tree branch in the Tree view.
2. Display the columns you wish to perform a search on.
3. Display the Grid Filter bar by clicking the Show/Hide Grid Filter Bar button over the
grid.
How to Perform a Search based on an Option List
To set a search criterion from an option list, proceed as follows:
1. Click the arrow next to a search field to display the option list for the corresponding
criterion.
2. Select one or more options.
3. Confirm your selection with the
button or cancel and exit by clicking the
button.
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How to Perform a Search based on a Date
To set a search criterion based on a date, proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Date field
The following window opens:
2. Enter a date condition in one of the following ways:
◦
select a specific date from the calendar
◦
select one of the relative date from the Last xx list
◦
use the logical operators from the right pane to construct a more complex search
condition:
- Select a logical operator on the right
- Select a date
- Select a second date
The search condition is displayed in the Condition field.
3. Click OK.
The search is launched on the selected tree branch.
The search results are displayed in the grid.
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How to Perform a Search based on a Duration
To set a search criterion based on a duration, proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Duration field
The following window opens:
2. Enter a duration condition in one of the following ways:
◦
enter a single value in the Timecode field
◦
use the logical operators from the lower pane to construct a more complex search
condition:
3. Click Add.
The search condition is displayed in the Condition field.
4. Click OK.
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How to Perform a Search based on a Timecode
To set a search criterion based on a timecode, proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Timecode field
The following window opens:
2. Enter a timecode condition in one of the following ways:
◦
select a specific date from the calendar
◦
select one of the relative date from the Last xx list
◦
use the logical operators from the right pane to construct a more complex search
condition:
- Select a logical operator
- Enter a timecode value
- Click Add or press ENTER. It appears in the Condition field.
- Enter a second timecode value
- Click Add or press ENTER.
The whole search condition is displayed in the Condition field.
3. Click OK.
The search is launched on the selected tree branch.
The search results are displayed in the grid.
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How to Perform a Search based on a Number
To set a search criterion based on a number, proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Number field
The following window opens:
2. Enter a number condition in one of the following ways:
◦
enter a single value in the Number field
◦
use the logical operators from the right pane to construct a more complex search
condition:
3. Click Add.
The search condition is displayed in the Condition field.
4. Click OK.
Note
Operators belonging to different groups may be combined.
• Group 1: AND, OR
• Group 2: NOT
• Group 3: <, >, <=, >=
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How to Perform a Search based on Clip Element
Types
To set a search criterion based on a selection of clip elements, proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Clip Elements field
The following window opens:
2. Select the options depending on whether you want to search for clips with or without
the different element types.
3. Click OK.
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How to Perform a Search based on the Transfer
Status
To set a search criterion based on the transfer status, proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Status field
The following window opens:
2. Select the options based on the transfer status and the destinations the media has
been sent to.
◦
Targets: lists all the targets defined in the Remote Installer.
◦
Nearline directories: lists all the nearline directories, as defined in the remote
installer.
◦
Gigabit copy XTs: lists all the EVS video servers which are part of the workgroup,
as defined in the remote installer.
3. Click OK.
Note
Icons for destinations targets may have been customized from the Remote
Installer.
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How to Search for One or Several Keywords
To set a search criterion based on keyword(s), proceed as follows:
1. Click the Complex Filter button next to a Keywords field
The following window opens:
2. Select a Keyword Grid or a Dictionary in the Search For pane, or click in the Search in
Keyword List field.
The selected Keyword grid or dictionary, or the Keyword list, is displayed in the lower
right area of the window.
3. Select a keyword.
It appears in the Selected Keywords area and in the Keyword Condition or
Participant Condition field.
Keywords which have been selected are shown with a different color in the Keyword
grid, dictionary or Keyword list.
4. If required, select a logical operator. The NOT operator may be combined with one of
the other operators.
5. Select a second keyword.
The whole condition is shown in the Keyword Condition or Participant Condition
field.
6. Click OK.
The filter is applied to the Elements grid and the filter condition is displayed in the
Keywords field.
See section "Searching for Child Keyword Based on Parent Keyword" on page 101 for
advanced search based on a parent keyword defined in a dictionary.
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Searching for Child Keyword Based on Parent
Keyword
Context of Use
Child and parent keywords can be defined in a tree structure into the IPDirector Dictionary
tool. See section "Keywords Management" in the IPDirector user manual for more
information.
During an event, the administrator can define all the player names of a football team as
child keywords of the parent keyword "team name" or "country". Users can then assign a
child keyword to logs or clips.
From the Elements grid, it is thereafter possible to retrieve the media linked to all the child
keywords of the same parent keyword by using the recursive option.
How to Retrieve Child Keywords
To do so, proceed as follows:
1. In the Tree view, select the tree branch you wish to perform a search on.
2. In the grid, show the columns you wish to perform a search on.
3. Display the Grid Filter bar by clicking the Show/Hide Grid Filter Bar button over the
grid
.
4. Select the Recursive checkbox from the Keywords advanced search field to perform
a search on all the child keywords linked to the selected parent keyword
5. Click the Complex Filter button
.
The Select Filter Condition (Keywords) window opens.
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6. In the Dictionaries field, select the dictionary name.
The keywords from the selected dictionary are displayed in the list.
7. Select the parent keyword on which you want to perform a search.
It is displayed in the Keywords Condition field.
8. Click the Recursive button if you have not selected the Recursive option from the
Keywords advanced search field (step 4).
9. Click OK.
The list of elements containing a child keyword of the selected parent keyword is
displayed in the Elements grid.
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12.6.
Using Saved Filters
12.6.1. Introduction
Once you have defined filters and search terms, you may want to save them for later use.
You will then be able to apply the same set of filters with a single click.
Saved filters will be common between:
•
the Clips tree and the Clip view in bins
•
the Playlists tree and the Playlists view in bins
•
the Timelines tree and the Timelines view in bins
12.6.2. How to Save Filters
To save filters, proceed as follows:
1. Define the filters you wish to save.
2. Do one of the following actions:
◦
Make sure the Saved Filters pane is visible under the tree view by clicking the
button and click the Save Filter button
in
the Saved Filters pane.
◦
Click the
button above the Elements grid.
The following window is displayed:
3. Enter a name for the applied filters set.
4. Click OK to confirm.
The new filter name is listed in the Saved Filters pane.
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12.6.3. How to Apply a Saved Filter
To apply a saved filter, proceed as follows:
1. Make sure the Saved Filters pane is visible under the tree view by clicking the
button.
2. Select the desired filter(s) in the Saved Filters pane.
◦
Click to select a single filter
◦
CTRL + click to select non-contiguous filters
◦
SHIFT + click to select contiguous filters
3. Click the APPLY button in the Saved Filters pane.
Your filters are shown in the grid filter bar and/or quick search fields and they are
applied in the grid.
12.6.4. How to Update a Saved Filter
To update a saved filter, proceed as follows:
1. Make sure the Saved Filters pane is visible under the tree view by clicking the
button.
2. Select the filter you wish to update in the Saved Filters pane.
3. Click the APPLY button.
4. Make the desired changes to the filter definition.
5. Right-click the filter name in the Save Filter pane.
A contextual menu is displayed.
6. Select Update from the menu.
7. Click Yes to the confirmation message that appears.
The filter is updated.
12.6.5. How to Rename a Saved Filter
To rename a saved filter, proceed as follows:
1. Make sure the Saved Filters pane is visible under the tree view by clicking the
button.
2. Select the filter you wish to rename in the Saved Filters pane.
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3. Right-click the filter and select Rename from the contextual menu.
The Rename Filters window opened.
4. Enter the new name in the Name field and click OK to confirm.
The filter name is updated in the Saved Filters pane.
12.6.6. How to Delete a Saved Filter
To delete a saved filter, proceed as follows:
1. Make sure the Saved Filters pane is visible under the tree view.
2. Select the filter you wish to delete in the Saved Filters pane.
3. Right-click the filter
4. Select Delete from the contextual menu.
5. Click Yes in the confirmation window that appears.
The Saved Filter is deleted from the Saved Filters pane.
12.6.7. How to Publish a Saved Filter
To publish a saved filter, proceed as follows:
1. Make sure the Saved Filters pane is visible under the tree view.
2. Select the filter you wish to publish in the Saved Filters pane.
3. Right-click the filter.
4. Select Publish from the contextual menu.
The Publish window opens.
5. Select the group(s) you wish to publish the filter to in the Available groups area on the
left. Keep CTRL pressed to select multiple groups.
6. Click the Right Arrow button to move the selected user groups from the Available
Groups to the Selected Groups area on the right.
7. Click the Publish button.
Note
When a filter has been created with the condition "owner = mine" and saved as a
Saved Filter, you can publish it to selected groups. Then, when the recipient will
apply the filter, the condition "owner = mine" will be applied to himself/herself.
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13.
Loading and Playing Media
13.1.
Introduction
There are various ways to load or to load and play a media on a player channel from the
Database Explorer.
The Browse and Play modes help to perform those actions from a single-click. They are
available from the Browse, Play and Auto-Play buttons located on the toolbar:
To be able to use these modes and automatically play an element or a list of elements
from the Database Explorer, a player channel must have previously been assigned to the
Database Explorer.
13.2.
Assigning a Player
13.2.1. Introduction
There are several ways to assign a player channel or the Software Player to a Database
Explorer window. See section "How to Assign a Player Channel or the Software Player"
on page 106.
If a default player channel has been defined from the Channel Explorer, this channel will
automatically be assigned to the Database Explorer, and the IPDirector main window
when you open the application.
See the Channel Explorer manual for more information on how to set and how to clear a
default player channel.
13.2.2. How to Assign a Player Channel or the
Software Player
From the Channel Explorer
Users can assign a player channel to a Database Explorer window from the Channel
Explorer. This can be done in the following way:
•
Drag a player channel from the Channel Explorer window and drop it on the Database
Explorer window.
The name of the selected player is displayed in the Associated Channel zone.
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When a channel is assigned to an application, the Player icon in the Channel Explorer
window changes from
to .
From the Associated Channel Zone Contextual Menu
Users will be able to select a player from the Associated Channel zone.
This can be:
•
a player channel from an EVS video server
•
the workstation channel, this means the player channel set as linked from the
IPDirector Configuration window of the Remote Installer
•
the Software Player, if the workstation has a valid license for the OCX Software
Player, and if the Software Player is currently associated to a Control panel or a
Playlist panel.
To associate a player channel to the application, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click the Associated Channel zone on the right of the Status bar.
A contextual menu is displayed.
2. Select a player channel from the menu.
The player channel name is displayed in the Associated Channel zone.
If the selected player channel is connected to an IN port of a video router, itself associated
to OUT ports, the name of the router OUT port(s) is displayed after the player channel
name.
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13.3.1. On the Player Channel Associated to the
Database Explorer
To load media from the Database Explorer on a channel previously assigned to the
Database Explorer (as explained in "Assigning a Player" on page 106), proceed in one of
the following ways:
•
Click the Browse button to activate the Browse mode.
The button becomes highlighted.
•
Use the Browse mode of the BEPlay Remote device. Refer to section "BEPlay
Remote" in part 1 of the user manual for more details.
OR
•
Double-click an element line in the database explorer grid. This works would the Play
mode be active
or not.
The element is loaded on its first frame on the associated channel.
The corresponding element line in the database explorer grid is highlighted in dark green.
Note
Nothing happens when trying to browse an off-line file.
13.3.2. On the Player Channel Associated to the
Control Panel
As explained in the chapter describing the Control Panel module, it is possible to load
media from the Database Explorer to the Control Panel by a drag-and-drop operation. This
does not require the association of a player channel to the Database Explorer. The media
is then loaded on the player channel assigned to the Control Panel.
Note
At that point, you will have the possibility to play the media by
• pressing the Play shortcut key
to play the element
OR
• clicking the Play button on the Control Panel if the channel assigned to the
Database Explorer is also assigned to an opened control panel.
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Playing Media
13.4.1. Introduction
There are several ways available to play media on a channel from the Database Explorer:
•
Load as explained in "Loading Media" on page 108 and play by pressing the shortcut
or clicking the Play button on the Control Panel.
key
•
Immediately play on the channel assigned to the Database Explorer.
•
Immediately play on the channel assigned to the Control Panel.
Note
Nothing happens when trying to play an off-line file.
13.4.2. How to Load and Immediately Play an
Element
To play the element on the channel associated to the Database explorer, proceed as
follows:
1. Assign a channel to the Database Explorer as explained in "Assigning a Player" on
page 106.
2. Click the Play button to activate the Play mode.
The button becomes highlighted.
3. Click an element line in the Elements grid.
The element immediately played out on the channel associated to the Database
Explorer.
The corresponding element line in the Elements grid is highlighted in dark green.
To play the element on the channel associated to a control panel, proceed as follows:
1. In the Database Explorer, select the line corresponding to the element you want to be
played out.
2. Press CTRL key and, still holding it, drag the element line to the Control Panel.
The element is immediately played out on the channel associated to the Control
Panel.
Note
The Play mode is not recommended when selecting elements to play for live
transmission as there will be a delay between the loading of the element and the
playout.
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13.5.1. How to Load and Immediately Play a List of
Elements
Before playing elements in Auto-Play mode, you need to ensure that a player channel has
been assigned to the Database Explorer. See section "Assigning a Player" on page 106
for more information on this.
To start playing elements in Auto-Play mode, proceed as follows:
1. In the Database Explorer, open the Clips or Clip Elements branch from where you
want to play elements in Auto-Play mode.
2. Click the Auto-Play button on the toolbar.
Auto-Play mode is activated and the button becomes highlighted.
3. Click the first element from where you want to play in Auto-Play mode.
The element is directly played on the player that is assigned to the Database Explorer.
Then all the subsequent elements in the Database Explorer window are played in the
displayed sequence until the last element of the list is finished.
The element being played out is highlighted in dark green in the Database Explorer grid
and the next element is in light green.
Note
If playlists or trains are included in a list of elements on which the Auto-Play
mode is applied, they will be skipped.
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13.5.2. Modifying the Playout Sequence in AutoPlay Mode
Various transport functions are available in Auto-Play mode, to shift the Auto-Play order to
an element that is not the next one in the sequence.
The following transport functions can be executed:
Preload an element
Double-click an element in the Database Explorer to preload
it on the player channel.
Then press the Play shortcut key (P) to play the element.
Load & play an element Select an element to load on the player channel and play
immediately
immediately.
Load & play an element Pressing the CTRL key while clicking an element plays the
after the current one
selected element after the current one is played out.
13.5.3. Using Auto-Play Mode in Several Database
Explorer Windows
You can open several Database Explorer windows and use them in Auto-Play mode with
the same player channel or with different player channels assigned.
If different players are assigned, they will be considered as independent from each other.
Using the Auto-Play mode in one of the windows will not affect the second Database
Explorer window.
If the same player is assigned, the Database Explorer window on which the Auto-Play
mode has been used last is considered as the master window. It has the lead over the
player channel.
Using two Database Explorer windows assigned to the same player channel leads to the
following possible situations:
•
When the operator performs a search on the master Database Explorer window, the
current element is played out and the first element of the search results is
automatically chained.
•
When the operator performs a search in the secondary Data Explorer window, this
does not impact the Auto-Play in the master window. The operator needs to activate
the Auto-Play to take the lead over the player channel and start playing the elements
in Auto-Play mode.
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Assigning Keywords to Media
14.1.
Introduction
Keywords can be assigned or removed by editing the media item (clip, ingest, playlist,
timeline, edit, log).
This can be done in various ways.
•
You can start typing the keyword directly in the Keyword field of Edit window and
select a keyword proposed in the Autocomplete list.
•
You can select keywords in a keyword grid, a dictionary or a cascading grid when the
Edit window is displayed or by using the Assign mode.
•
You can type the number associated to a keyword in an open keyword grid or an open
cascading grid when the Edit window is displayed or by using the Assign mode.
When a Keyword tool is used, the Edit mode must be inactive (Edit button of the Keyword
tool not highlighted).
To edit a media item from the Database Explorer, the easier way is to work in Assign
mode with a Keyword tool.You can also right-click the item in the Elements grid and select
Edit or Edit/Rename to access the Edit window and work with the Autocomplete function
or with a Keyword tool.
Warning
It is highly recommended not to use different Keywords tools to add or remove
keywords to a media item.
14.2.
Conditions for the Use of a Keyword
The assignment of a keyword to a media item will only be possible if the following
conditions are met.
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The maximum number of keywords which can be assigned to the item has not already
been reached.
•
The keyword typed in the Keyword field exists in the IPDirector database.
•
An additional limitation exists for the use of cascading grids: It is not possible to select
more than one keyword per keywords level/set.
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Assigning a Keyword by Direct Entry
Autocomplete List
The Autocomplete function is a help service for the capture of a keyword.
This is available from the Keywords area of the Edit window.
As soon as the users start typing in the Keyword field, the Autocomplete function
provides a list of matching keywords, standard and participant, beginning with the typed
letters and existing in the Keyword List of the IPDirector database.
How to Assign a Keyword to Media by Direct Entry
To assign a keyword to a media item by direct entry in the Keyword field, proceed as
follows.
1. Start typing a keyword in the Keyword field.
A list of proposals is displayed as soon as you start to type and it is refined as you go
on typing.
Tip
The Add button next to a Keyword field becomes available when all the letters
of a keyword existing in the Keyword List of the IPDirector database have been
typed in the Keyword field.
2. Select a line by using the mouse or the
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3. Click Add or press ENTER.
The keyword is displayed in the list of keywords assigned to the item.
To remove a keyword assigned to the media item:
•
click the X button next to the corresponding keyword.
To remove all the keywords assigned to the media item:
•
14.4.
click the Clear All button.
Assigning a Keyword from a Keyword
Tool
14.4.1. Displaying the Keywords Sources
To display one or several list(s) of keywords, proceed as follows:
1. Select the keyword tool you want to work with from the Keywords menu of the main
Application bar.
2. To open a specific dictionary, keyword grid or cascading grid,
a. select the File > Open option
The Open [Dictionary /Keyword Grid / Cascading Grid] from Database window
opened.
b. select the required dictionary, keyword grid or cascading grid from the list.
Note
You can open several windows with different dictionaries, keyword grids or
cascading grids, if needed.
3. When several keyword grids or cascading grids have been opened, make one of them
active for keyword selection in one of the following ways:
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Simply click the window
◦
Use the keyboard shortcut assigned to the window:
+
for the keyword grid or cascading grid open first
+
for the second one, and so on.
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14.4.2. Assigning Keywords to Media from a
Keyword Grid or Dictionary
Introduction
The Keyword Grid and the Dictionary tools can be accessed from the Keywords menu of
the Application bar. Then, a specific keyword grid or dictionary is opened from the File >
Open option of the tool.
A keyword grid can be used with or without numbers associated to each keyword.
A dictionary can be organized according to a tree structure, with parent and child
keywords.
When a media item is being edited, its associated keywords are highlighted in the
keyword grid or dictionary, provided that it is open.
Display in the Dictionary
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Display in the Keyword Grid:
See the Keywords Management chapter in the General Functions user manual for a
description of the different tools.
Warning
It is highly recommended not to use different Keywords tools to add or remove
keywords to a media item.
How to Assign a Keyword in Assign Mode
To assign keywords to a media item in Assign mode from the Database Explorer, proceed
as follows:
1. Select an item in the Elements grid.
2. Click the Assign button. It becomes highlighted to indicate that the Assign mode is
active.
3. Open a keyword grid or dictionary.
The keywords already assigned to the media item, if any, are highlighted as follows in
the keyword grid
or in the dictionary
.
4. Make sure that the Apply button of the Keyword tool is available
5. If you want to work with keyword numbers from the keyword grid, select View >
Keyword Numbers or click
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6. Select the keywords you want to assign to the media in one of the following ways:
◦
click it in the keyword grid or in the dictionary.
◦
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the keyword grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
.
7. Click the Apply button.
Keywords are assigned to the item and appear in Keywords columns of the Database
Explorer grid.
How to Remove a Keyword in Assign Mode
To remove a keyword, proceed as follows:
1. Un-select it in one of the following ways:
◦
click it in the keyword grid or in the dictionary.
◦
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the keyword grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
.
2. Click the Apply button.
How to Assign a Keyword from the Edit Window
To add a keyword from a keyword grid or a dictionary when a media item is being edited
from the Edit window, proceed as follows:
1. Open the relevant keyword grid or the relevant dictionary.
The keywords already assigned to the media item, if any, are highlighted as follows in
the keyword grid
or in the dictionary
.
2. If you want to work with keyword numbers from the keyword grid, select View >
Keyword Numbers or click
to view the numbers associated to each keyword.
3. Select the keywords you want to assign to the media in one of the following ways:
◦
click it in the keyword grid or in the dictionary.
◦
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the keyword grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
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It is added to the Keywords area:
:
It is also highlighted in the keyword grid or dictionary.
How to Remove a Keyword from the Edit Window
To remove a keyword when a media item is being edited from the Edit window , do one of
the following actions:
•
click the keyword in the keyword grid or dictionary
•
click the X button next to the corresponding keyword in the Keywords areathe Edit
window.
•
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the keyword grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
.
It is removed from the Keywords area and it is no more highlighted in the Keyword tool.
To remove all the keywords:
•
Click the Clear All button in the Keywords area.
14.4.3. Assigning Keywords to Media from a
Cascading Grid
Introduction
The Cascading Grid tool can be accessed from the Keywords menu of the main
Application bar. Then, a specific cascading grid is opened from the File > Open option of
the tool.
A cascading grid can be used with or without numbers associated to each keyword.
A cascading grid displays sets of keywords according to a waterfall effect. The sub-sets
of keywords displayed will depend upon the keyword selected from the first set, the
second set, and so on. It is not possible to select more than one keyword per keywords
level/set.
See the Keywords Management chapter in the General Functions user manual for a
description of the tool.
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How to Assign a Keyword in Assign Mode
This procedure describes the case when no keyword has been assigned to the media item
yet.
To assign keywords to a media item in Assign mode from the Database Explorer, proceed
as follows:
1. Select an item in the Elements grid.
2. Click the Assign button. It becomes highlighted to indicate that the Assign mode is
active.
3. Open the relevant cascading grid.
The cascading grid displays the first set of keywords.
4. If you want to work with keyword numbers from the cascading grid, select View >
Keyword Numbers or click
to view the numbers associated to each keyword.
5. Select the parent keyword you want to assign to the media item in one of the following
ways:
◦
click it in the cascading grid.
◦
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the cascading grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
.
The keyword is highlighted in the cascading grid. The child keywords from the second
set, if any, is displayed below the first set.
6. (optional) Select a keyword from the second set (click or keypad number).
It is highlighted in the cascading grid. The child keywords from the third set, if any, is
displayed below the second set.
7. (optional) Select a keyword from the third set (click or keypad number).
It is highlighted in the cascading grid. The set of child keywords from the fourth set, if
any, is displayed below the third set.
8. Click the Apply button.
Keywords are assigned to the item and appear in Keywords columns of the Database
Explorer grid.
How to Remove a Keyword in Assign Mode
To remove a keyword, proceed as follows:
1. Select an item in the Elements grid.
2. Click the Assign button. It becomes highlighted to indicate that the Assign mode is
active.
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3. Open the relevant cascading grid.
All of the keywords already assigned to the media item from the current cascading grid
are highlighted in the cascading grid (light blue).
4. Un-select the keyword in one of the following ways:
◦
click it in the cascading grid.
◦
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the cascading grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
.
This automatically un-selects the keyword and its selected child keyword and
collapses the cascading grid to the level under the remaining selected keyword.
5. Click the Apply button.
How to Assign a Keyword from the Edit window
To add a keyword from a cascading grid when a media item is being edited from the Edit
window and no keyword has been assigned yet, proceed as follows:
1. Open the relevant cascading grid.
The cascading grid displays the first set of keywords.
2. If you want to work with keyword numbers from the cascading grid, select View >
Keyword Numbers or click
to view the numbers associated to each keyword.
3. Select the parent keyword you want to assign to the media item in one of the following
ways:
◦
click it in the cascading grid.
◦
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the cascading grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
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The parent keyword is added in the Keywords area and it is highlighted in the
cascading grid.
The child keywords from the second set, if any, is displayed below the first set:
4. Select a keyword from the second set (click or keypad number).
The child keyword is displayed in the Keywords area and it is highlighted in the
cascading grid.
The child keywords from the third set, if any, is displayed below the second set:
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5. Select a keyword from the third set (click or keypad number).
The child keyword is displayed in the Keywords area and it is highlighted in the
cascading grid.
The set of child keywords from the fourth set, if any, is displayed below the third set.
All the selected keywords are highlighted in the cascading grid.
Note
It is not possible to select more than one keyword per keywords level/set.
6. To remove a keyword, see the section below and the warning message.
7. Click OK from the the Edit window to save the item.
How to Remove Selected Keywordsfrom the Edit window
To remove a keyword and its child keywords, when a media item is being edited from the
Edit window , do one of the following actions:
•
click the keyword in the cascading grid
•
if the keyword numbers are displayed in the cascading grid, press the key number
corresponding to the requested keyword on the keypad and then press
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This automatically un-selects the keyword and its selected child keyword and collapses
the cascading grid to the level under the remaining selected keyword.
The same keywords are removed from the Keywords area of the as well.
Example: Clicking Brazil removes Brazil and Dida(1), and displays the sub-set of
keywords related to Teams.
Warning
Clicking the X button next to a selected keyword in the Keywords area of the
media item leads to a different result:
• the keyword is removed from the cascading grid, the cascading grid is
collapsed and, therefore, does not display its child keywords anymore.
• the keyword is removed from the Keywords area BUT its child keyword is
not removed. In the follwing example, clicking Brazil does not remove its
child keyword Dida(1) from the keywords area:
To remove all the keywords, do one of the following actions:
•
Click the Clear All button in the Keywords area.
•
Click the highlighted parent keyword in the cascading grid.
Rules for the Display of Keywords in Cascading Grids
Warning
It is highly recommended not to use different Keywords tools to add/remove
keywords to/from a media item.
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Display of Keywords in an Cascading Grid
In the case when a media item has been assigned keywords only from a cascading grid
and, later on, is being edited, its associated keywords are highlighted in the cascading
grid:
Rules for the Display of Keywords of a Media Item
Specific rules exist for the display of keywords in the Cascading Grid tool.
In case a media item has been assigned several keywords from different keywords
assignment processes (Keywords tools, direct entry), some of them could not be
displayed in a cascading grid when the media item is selected in the Database Explorer or
when it is being edited.
The order according to which keywords have been assigned is taken into account.
The media item ...
...the keyword(s) highlighted
in the cascading grid...
has several keywords from level 1
is the first one encountered in
the list, and its child keywords
if any
has one keyword from level 1 (KW1) and level 2 (KW2) but the KW2
had been selected before KW1 and appears before KW1 in the
Keywords area
...the keyword from level 1 is
the only one displayed
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Rules for the Display of Keywords when Edited
...the edition
of keywords
consists of...
...the keyword(s)
highlighted in the
cascading grid...
has one keyword from level 1, level 2 and level 3
selecting
another
keyword from
level 2 from the
cascading grid
the new keyword from level 2
is added to media and the
previous keywords from levels
2 and 3 are removed.
The keyword from level 1 is
still selected.
has one keyword from level 1 (KW1) and level 2
(KW2) but the KW2 had been selected before KW1,
so KW2 appears before KW1 in the Keywords area
and only KW1 is highlighted in the cascading grid
selecting the
KW2 from the
cascading grid
both KW1 and KW2 are
highlighted in the cascading
grid and KW2 appears after
KW1 in the Keywords area
has one keyword from level 1 (KW1), level 2 (KW2)
and level 3 (KW3.1) but the KW3.1 had been selected
before KW2, so KW3.1 appears before KW2 in the
Keywords area and only KW1 and KW2 are displayed
in the cascading grid
clicking another
keyword from
level 3 from the
cascading grid
(KW 3.2)
The cascading grid highlights
KW1 and KW2 and the newly
selected KW3.2.
The Keywords area displays
KW1, KW 3.1, KW2 and at the
end of the list KW 3.2.
has several keywords from level 1, so both are
displayed in the Keywords area but only the first one
assigned to the media item is highlighted in the
cascading grid
clicking the
keyword not
highlighted
the "first assigned" keyword is
removed from the Keywords
area and the cascading grid
and the second one is appears
on both sides.
The media item ...
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Database Explorer Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are available to perform some operations.
They are listed in the Define Shortcuts windows which can be accessed by clicking the
Tools > Define Shortcuts option from the menu bar of the IPDirector main window and
then selecting the [Application Name] button on the left.
Some shortcuts can be redefined to suit individual preferences. They are displayed in
regular text. Other ones cannot be modified. They appear as dimmed text.
See section "Shortcut Definition" in the General Functions user manual for more
information.
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