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Ray Kowalchuk
Who uses custom camera metadata?
on Apr 14, 2015 at 3:45:52 pm

We use Canon XF305 cameras and one XF105. I've come across the UMID metadata settings in the menu (Country code, organization code, user code) and set them, but the manual says that the "Canon XF Utility cannot display or search this information." Has anybody found this information useful in an NLE or asset management software?

Similarly, there is a "User Memo" that can be set up on an SD card with the Canon XF Utility that contains "clip title" and "camera operator" (or is it "Creator?") fields of up to 100 characters, and a "clip description" of up to 1000 characters. Up to 100 Memo Profiles can be saved on one SD card, so although XF Utility may be awkward to be typing in on location, you can create presets in advance.

The XF Utility manual shows how to create, edit and delete User Memo Profiles. The only thing missing is why on earth you'd want to create them! Does this metadata carry forward to any other application, like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro or Prelude, CatDV? Is anybody using this data, even within XF Utility -- or XDCAM Utility in the Sony world?

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bryson jones
Re: Who uses custom camera metadata?
on May 18, 2015 at 10:37:38 pm

I've not seen anyone who can get shooters to reliably enter this data. (or much else for that matter) ;)

This would only go to apps that access the media directly so the metadata wouldn't pass along, other than once you collect the metadata into CatDV, it can of course be transmitted to other apps by CatDV.

It's weird that shooters don't enter more data.


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