Metadata Overview
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Written by Jared
Updated over a week ago

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Metadata acts as the flexible underlying structure that makes it easier than ever to organize and view your media assets based on how you and your teamwork. You can create an entirely customized view of your assets and what’s important to you by utilizing the Metadata features in your Project space. Now, Metadata that was previously logged outside of Frame.io can be captured and tracked with your work-in-progress media directly in the platform.

New workflows in Frame.io are now made possible with Metadata, such as organizing thousands of marketing deliverables by social media platform, and grouping them by asset type, duration, and release date, to assist marketing managers and ad operators in determining placement and release timing for each asset; or categorizing auditions by role, filtering for those rated 4 stars and above by the director. Mix and match all the fields to see what works best for you!

Appearance

Appearance will give you different options on how you want the Project to visually look. Start by selecting either Grid or List view if you want a larger, visual view of your assets, or if you want a more compact info-detailed view of your assets. This can also be done by clicking the List or Grid icon to the right of the New Folder button on the right.

Card Size will expand or shrink the view for larger or smaller thumbnails.

Aspect Ratio will transform your asset card dimensions depending on the aspect size of the assets you’re using. The first option is for 16:9 widescreen assets, the second is for 1:1 square assets, and the third is for 9:16 vertical assets.

Thumbnail Scale will make the thumbnail image fit to size if the Aspect Ratio is adjusted.

Options to toggle Show Card Info and Flatten Folders are also available, as well as the option to show longer titles if Show Card Info is selected.

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Fields

Fields allow you to see the most important information about your assets directly on the asset card. This will make organizing and management of your files easier and more accurate. There are 32 out-of-the-box metadata fields to choose from.

It’s possible to also create a new custom field if there’s a field that isn’t displayed in our presets. To make a new custom field, click the “New Field” option and you’ll see 9 different field types to choose from.

Toggle the switch in the Fields dropdown to activate any Field on your assets within that Project.

All Fields can also be visible on any file by going to their Properties inside the Asset Viewer Panel.

Manage Fields

Additionally, all fields can be mixed and matched in the Manage Fields tab. Selecting “All Fields” and then any field will let you edit the Field options for it. You can also create Custom Groups that can be saved for multiple Project workflows or for the Fields you want to follow personally.

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Sort

The Sort option lets you choose one or multiple sort options based on your fields to see them displayed in that specific order. Select your field and sort them as Ascending or Descending, First to Last, etc.

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This same level of organization and information with metadata can curate sets of saved searches we call Collections, which act as the building blocks you can use to craft the creative workflow that’s right for you and your team. To read more about Collections, click here.

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