Search Video Production Clips

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Once you open SoleraTec's Video Content Manager Web UI, you are ready to perform powerful searches on stored files. The interface includes three panes to easily fulfill all your search and export needs:

Search Criteria - Use to select and enter minimal or extensive search parameters to obtain relevant search results. Click the Add button to append more search parameters for a more focused search. Click the Search button to execute a search on the Information Repository.
Search Results - Displays found files based on Search Criteria. Right-click on a thumbnail to choose an action to perform. Double-click a thumbnail to view the file in a Media Viewer. The Media Viewer offers the capability to select parts of video clips for export. At the bottom of this pane, a total number of items found and a sort filter are displayed.

To play videos in the Media Viewer, you can use the supplied media player (VLC) or Apple QuickTime version 7 or newer (free or Pro) needs to be installed on your computer. For viewing videos, QuickTime is best.

The Media Viewer will only play videos or audio files and display pictures. When another type of file is selected, a separate window display the file.

Export Queue - Displays videos selected for export. Right-click on a thumbnail in the Export Queue to choose an action to perform.

Maximize the Search Results pane to allow maximum viewing area by minimizing the Search Criteria and Export Queue panes. To minimize either the Search Criteria or Export Queue pane, move the mouse pointer over the split line and click when the pointer becomes a hand. To maximize the panes again, do the same action only this time the split line is near the window edge.

A search for video production clips and pictures will locate all of the files that fit the search criteria you enter.

The search is an "and" search, meaning that the more search parameters you specify, the smaller and more targeted the list of search results becomes. For example, searching for "the man" is the same as searching for "the AND man". Only content that contains both the words "the" and "man" will be found. If you want to search content which contains "the" or "man" or both, use "the OR man".

The following are instructions to give you a better idea on how to search for and select digital evidence for export using the Video Content Manager tool:

1.Open up a web browser and enter http://<URL>/vcm. <URL> is replaced with the web URL of the server.
1.Log into the web interface using your login credentials.
2.In the Search Criteria pane, begin your search for video by clicking the Select Search Type drop-down list for a list of search options. Work your way through the search criteria by entering values for the search block type.

Element

Description

Any Metadata Field

Type a value into the textbox to search any metadata field across the entire network. This works like a global search. Also choose from contains, does not contain, is equal to, and is not equal to from the drop-down list.

Asset Type

Search for a certain asset type. Choose from Video, Picture, Audio, or Regular File (any file that is not a video, picture, or audio track) from the drop-down list in order to limit your search to that type. Or choose Any and any asset type will be searched.

Vault Name

Limit your search to a particular Vault. Select the device from the drop-down list.

Storage Pool

Limit your search to only a specific storage pool. Select the  storage pool from the drop-down list.

Media Name

Increase the speed of your search by limiting the search to a particular unit of media. Select the media from the drop-down list.

Content

Search for a word or phrase that is contained in the file.

If you select Content, remember that Phoenix VCM supports content searching with wildcards, but only if a video script file has been ingested with the video. The video script file is necessary for searching content in videos because it includes all the video dialog and dialog time codes associated in the video. The name of the video script file is identical to the video file name. A content search can also be done on a closed captioning file that has been generated at ingest.

Pathname

Limit your search by typing either all or part of the filename you want to find.

Hostname

Limit your search to a specific computer. When a computer name is entered, only video stored from that computer is listed. This box may contain only a portion of the computer name, is case sensitive, and allows Wildcards.

Project Name

Type all or part of the project name in the textbox to limit your search to that specific project. Also choose from contains, does not contain, is equal to, and is not equal to from the drop-down list.

Clip Name

Type all or part of the clip name in the textbox to limit your search to that specific clip name. Also choose from contains, does not contain, is equal to, and is not equal to from the drop-down list.

Date and Time

Specify how dates are used to locate files. Use the drop-down list to choose from Most recent copy, Point in Time at, Modified before, Modified after, Modified between, Stored before, Stored after, or Stored between. Select a date and time by clicking on the Clock button.

3.Click the Add button to add more search blocks to your search (searches become more focused as more criteria is specified).

The image below is an example of the Search Criteria pane. It is displaying two search blocks defined and a third search block needing the search type selected.

Search Criteria pane

Customize your search for search types that are not currently available; use as many different search types as you need. Advanced users do this by creating a MetadataExtensions.cfg text file with search fields that are specific to your needs. If you do build this file, it must be ingested with the video in Target and Process. See MetadataExtensions.cfg.

4.After setting search criteria or typing a search phrase, click the Search button to search through the Information Repository for files that match the criteria you have defined. Results, including metadata, appear in the Search Results pane.

Search Results showing the VCM Search Results pane

If there are too many results, not enough results, or the wrong results, you can always re-define search criteria, add new search criteria, or remove search criteria, and then search again. If a thumbnail is not available, a placeholder image appears as a result.

5.You can right-click on a video in the Search Results pane and choose from one of the many options in the drop-down list. Table below outlines the options.

Element

Description

Show/Edit Metadata

Select to show metadata for the selected video or image. From this window, you have the option to directly edit and save the metadata for the selected file.

Copy - Select to copy the metadata for the selected video or image to your clipboard. This copied information can be pasted into a text document for any use.
Edit - Select to make changes to the metadata values for the selected video or image. Make changes to the appropriate fields and click Save when finished.

The Edit button is only enabled if there is a MetadataExtensions.cfg file located at <install-dir>\Config.

Click the information icon to the right above the preview image when in Details view mode to quickly access and edit metadata.

After editing metadata, refresh the search for the metadata changes to be shown.

Remove from Search Results list

Remove the selected video or image from the Search Results list. The removed file is not deleted and will be available for any subsequent searches.

Select All

Select all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Unselect all

Unselect all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Send to Export Queue

Send the selected video or image to the Export Queue. This will send the entire video without creating any clips or logs.

Play/View

Open the Media Viewer with the selected video queued up and ready to play.

6.From the Search Results pane, double-click on the thumbnail to view the content in the Media Viewer. See Media Viewer for details.
7.In the Media Viewer, click an embedded time display option.
8.In the Media Viewer, select a video clip to export. To do this, click and drag the timeline pointer to the point where you want the clip for export to begin, and then click the left scissor button. To end the clip, click and drag the timeline pointer to an end point, and then click the right scissor button.

You have the option of creating a log entry that will be associated with this clip. See Logging for more details.

9.Once you have selected the part of the video you want to export, select Export. The clip is sent to the Export Queue pane.

Once a clip is in the Export Queue, you can still change which part of the video to export. Click the video from the Export Queue. The Media Viewer opens again. After you have made your changes, click Commit to save changes, and then close the Media Viewer window.

10. You can right-click on a video in the Export Queue and choose from one of the many options in the drop-down list.

Element

Description

Show/Edit Metadata

Select to show metadata for the selected video or image. From this window, you have the option to directly edit and save the metadata for the selected file.

Copy - Select to copy the metadata for the selected video or image to your clipboard. This copied information can be pasted into a text document for any use.
Edit - Select to make changes to the metadata values for the selected video or image. Make changes to the appropriate fields and click Save when finished.

The Edit button is only enabled if there is a MetadataExtensions.cfg file located at <install-dir>\Config.

Rename Export File

Type a new name for the file to be exported.

Remove from Export Queue

Remove the selected video or image from the Export Queue. The removed file will be available for any subsequent searches.

Select All

Select all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Unselect all

Unselect all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Play/View

Open the Media Viewer with the selected video queued up and ready to play.

11.When done selecting videos to export and they are in the Export Queue, click the Export tab at the top of the main window to activate the export panes. Set the options found in section Export Video Production Clips to complete the export process.

You can save your Export Queue selections for later use. See Save and Load Export Queue.