There has been a thread in the closed forum for the Institute of Professional Sound (formerly Institute of Broadcast Sound) about metadata and comments getting from the field recorders through to the dubbing editor and mixer, and whether Pro Tools would show the metadata. Mike Cooper asked….
Does anyone with a greater knowledge of Pro Tools than I know how it’s possible to see the comments we write in our metadata on shoots? I use Pro Tools mainly for music and have never had the need to view notes and comments. I just would like to know if they can be accessed as I haven’t found a way so far. I assume that it’s possible with Avid but I’m checking that out with an editor. I have just bought a 788T and intend to be far more elaborate with notes from now as it’s easier basically. I would always do a Wave agent sound report with the files as a PDF, but it would be good to know if the notes and comments reach the person for whom they’re intended. I attach a 4 track Poly which is 2 tracks of mix and 2 tracks of ISOs. I’m fairly sure the track names, slate and take and TC will be alright. As I mentioned, it’s the notes I can’t seem to get to in my Pro Tools. I will follow suggestions on that but it would certainly be interesting to see if you can access the note on the one file I attach. Please tell me what you see.
So I offered to try out out and post the results. Mike Cooper sent me a file and didn’t tell me what the comment was and so I used Pro Tools to try and read everything that was on the file and here are my findings. As some of the screenshots are very wide and thin, you might want to click on them to see them at full size.
In the File Comment feed is the comment “This is a comment about the tone”
This shows the file in the Clip store having drag and dropped the file into the session. You can see that the mix and ISO labels have come across fine.
This shows what you can see when you use the Import Audio option, in fact very little data is visible at that point. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see some or all of the metadata here?
This shows the clips on the time line together with the options of what can be viewed in the clip on the timeline and as you can see I can see the original time stamp, scene & take numbers, your track labels etc.
I used Pro Tools 10.1 on a Mac Pro to undertake this experiment.
In Mike’s response when I sent him the screenshots, he asked…
Would you say that most people would start off in the work space browser and therefore see the comments? All the metadata is working perfectly, that is clear.
I certainly rarely use the Workspace unless something has gone wrong and it is debatable as if I would see the metadata in the Import Audio window because I am usually importing data in bulk so don’t get to see the small amount of metadata that window shows. The only way I would be likey to see the file comment was by having it as an option in the Clip view, but even then I would need to know to look for it.