VCM Logging

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The right side of the Media Viewer window is the Logging panel. Creating log entries for specific clips or images allows a user to add and save notes about the content of the video or picture that is being viewed. These notes are turned into logs which are grouped together and associated with the selected video. Each log can be saved as a simple text file that can be used and viewed even if the Media Viewer is not available. Any user can edit, add, and delete logs even if they were not the original user to create them. This allows for multiple users to work on a project and save all of the work together in a single location. Once logs have been created, they become searchable content and can be entered as search criteria in the main Search tab of the Video Content Manager.

Logging panel with logs for video displayed.

List of Log Entries

This list displays each log entry and is organized chronologically according to the clip start time. Each entry in the list will have a colored bullet, the start time of the clip, the title, and the user who created the log entry. Select a log from this list to display all of its information and to view, edit, or delete it.

Log entries for pictures are organized chronologically according to time created and start time is always 00:00:00.

List of Logs already created for video clips.

To access the shortcut controls for managing the list of log entries, right-click on a selected entry. Select from the following options:

New - Create a new log entry.
Edit - Edit the selected log entry.
Delete - Delete the selected log entry.
Export - Send the log entry and the clip or picture associated with it to the Export Queue.
Save As - Save the log entry as a text file (.txt) and create a .png file of the picture or first frame of the video clip where the log entry starts. The text file will contain all of the basic information about the log entry and can be viewed independent of the video clip or picture.

Information about Selected Log Entry

The information displayed about a selected log includes information about the clip or picture and notes about the content.

Information about a Selected Log

Logging Panel Elements

Element

Description

Time In

The beginning time of the clip.

For videos: This value can be changed by using the left scissors button in the Media Viewer. The Run Time "in" time is displayed first and then the Time Code "in" time is displayed below (if available for that video).

For pictures: Time In will always be 00:00:00.

Time Out

The end time of the clip.

For videos: This value can be changed by using the right scissors button in the Media Viewer. The Run Time "out" time is displayed first and then the Time Code "out" time is displayed below (if available for that video).

For pictures: Time Out will always be 00:00:00.

User

The user who created the log entry.

Date/Time

Year/Month/Day and time that the log entry was created or last edited.

The date and time will be updated when the log entry is edited and then saved.

Color

The color of the bullets associated with the clip or picture and log entry.

Each log entry has a corresponding bullet color that can be used to visually associate related clips and pictures. Choose from White, Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta, or Black.

Title

The title of the clip or picture and log entry.

A user can change this value by typing a new title in the text box. The title will be displayed in the list of log entries at the top of the Logging panel and is searchable content in the search criteria tab of the Video Content Manager.

Description

The description of the clip or picture and log entry.

The description is optional. A user can change this value by typing a new description in the text box. The description is searchable content in the search criteria tab of the Video Content Manager.

Create a New log entry

The steps for creating a log entry for clips and pictures are the same after step 1.

1.For video only: Create a clip using the Media Viewer scissors and controls.
2.Click New.
3.Choose a color from the Color drop-down list.
4.Enter a title of the clip in the Title text box.
5.Enter a description of the clip in the Description text box.
6.Click Save.

User and Date/Time are not available for direct editing. Date/Time will change after a log entry has been edited and then saved.

Edit a log entry

Any log entry that is displayed in the list can be edited.

1.Select a log entry that you want to edit.
2.Click Edit. All of the information contained in that log will be displayed.
3.Edit the information and then click Save.
Editing information is done similarly to steps 3 - 6 in the above directions about how to create a log entry. If needed, use the scissor buttons to adjust the Time In and Time Out for the video clip.

Delete a log entry

1.Select a log entry from the list that you want to delete.
2.Right-click on that entry and select Delete from the shortcut menu.

Update the Repository with log changes

The Information Repository needs to be updated with any changes that have been made to logs.

1.After adding new, deleting, or editing logs, click Update. The Send Logging Information window opens.

Send Logging Information and Update the Repository

2.Choose a value from the Vault, Media, and Storage Pool drop-down lists.
You can specify as many as you like or leave them as <any>.
3.Click Send to send these changes to the Repository.

Send Logging Information window Elements

Element

Description

Vault

From the drop-down list, select a Vault or select <any> to use any available vault.

If a Vault is selected, the Media and Storage Pool drop-down lists are automatically populated with the media and storage pools on the given Vault.

If <any> is selected, then the Media and Storage Pool options contain all available media and storage pools.

Media

Media refers to the names of individual units of media in the Vaults within the Information Repository.

From the drop-down list, select the media or select <any> to use any available vault. The system automatically looks for any storage pools comprised of the selected media. If it cannot find any, then the Storage Pool drop-down list displays <any>.

Storage Pool

Storage pools are groupings of media on a single policy used for a particular purpose. For example, if you had a policy called "Night backup" and it wrote to several units of media, you would use a "Night backup" storage pool and assign to it every unit of media to use for that purpose. For more information see Prepare Media, Storage Pool.

From the drop-down list, select a storage pool or select <any> to use any available storage pool.

For more information see Search Video Production Clips and Video Content Manager.