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christina rulecan't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 29, 2015 at 6:39:31 pm

Hello Everyone,

I'm trying to organize a pile of footage that I have and I'd like to make it keyword searchable and thought Adobe Bridge would be the perfect solution for this by adding metadata in the form of keywords to our videos to make our video database searchable.

However, I have been unable to alter the metadata through Adobe Bridge. Every time I go to add a keyword or change the metadata on one of the mxf video files within bridge, the stock response is: The file "Filename" cannot store XMP metadata. No changes will occur.

Is there something I am missing?

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Alex UdellRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:32:19 pm

Hi Christina...

From what I can tell, Bridge can't do this. I concur this is quite frustrating. I assumed that even if it couldn't be written to, that Bridge could create a Sidecar file. But I can't seem to make that work either.

Prelude might offer some hope, but not having spent much time there, I don't really understand the metadata capabilities of that application.

Another possibility is that you use Prelude or Adobe Media Encoder to flip your files to Quicktimes, which as a format , do support keywording.

I'll keep poking around. If you find anything...please report back.


sorry...

Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX


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christina ruleRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:39:47 pm

Thanks... I've never used prelude I'll have to look into that more. I know that converting all of our footage is out of the question. It just wouldn't make the process streamline..

We shoot a lot of broll where I'm at right now and sometimes we like to use that in the future for other projects so being able to type in "girl riding bike" and have footage show up accordingly is the ideal situation.

Is there any other way you can think of to accomplish this?

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Alex UdellRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:59:21 pm

Hi...

are you on Mac or PC?

Alex


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christina ruleRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 29, 2015 at 9:05:42 pm

PC

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Alex UdellRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 29, 2015 at 9:22:07 pm

OK...


So these days....both PC and Mac let you add tags to files for searching at the OS level...


You might see if you can simply use an desktop window to navigate to file...and add a custom tag to it...

then see if you can search by that tag.







I think that should work.

once you find things....you can always add them to bridge collections if you like...

I'm on a mac at the moment....so I can't test it...

but give it a shot...and please post your results...

Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX


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Alex UdellRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 30, 2015 at 11:05:11 am

And I was wrong.

Can't tag MXF files at the Windows OS level either.

Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX


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Alex UdellRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Jun 30, 2015 at 1:22:44 pm

Here's what you can do...

Create a bridge collections that are meaningful orgnizationally to you.


then you can take the mxf's and drop them into the different collections.

you can even combine things from different sets of mxfs in a single collection.

thing of them like BINs that live in Bridge.

and then you can drag a drop from bridge to Ppro.

this I just tested and works fine.

Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX


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steve knattressRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:52:26 am

just trying to log some headache .mov H264 footage

This quicktime format also gives me "unable to store XMP" error

how do you get side files to work in adobe bridge?

( only settings I can find are for raw picture files)

Steve


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Tim KolbRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Nov 29, 2015 at 4:28:00 pm

Bridge has been conspicuously left out of the modern video file wrapper/metadata arena. I'm not certain why...and I've asked the question...a lot.

Bridge is apparently for print/web.

In addition to being frustrating, it seems illogical in the face of Adobe's philisophically interlocking suite of applications...

TimK,
Director, Consultant
Video Producer at I-CAR




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Marcin StaszewskiRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Mar 12, 2016 at 11:26:19 pm

Well I've got the same problem here, but with regular mp4 files straight from GoPro 4 Black. What's funny tough, I can add keywords to all files in my folder except one. There was another mp4 file that I couldn't edit in CS6, but I managed to add keywords in CC. But this last one I just can't figure out, even tough it isn't any different from the others (well they're all from different days, but I don't think this matters).
Looks like they abandoned video capabilities in Brige :(


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christina ruleRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Mar 13, 2016 at 7:18:28 am

How are people currently keeping their catalog organized?

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Marcin StaszewskiRe: can't add keywords in Bridge to mxf files
by on Mar 13, 2016 at 8:59:40 pm

I came up with complicated and far from pefrect workaround:
Since we're not able to create a sidecar XMP file, I created a very small quicktime animation clip (1 frame, 16x16 px black background) which can hold metadata just fine. I then rename my mov to the same name as original file I can't edit (or just add something like _bridge keywords_) and check all the needed keywords. This way the two files are always displayed next to each other and when I search for a specific keywords I get a pretty accurate result.
This is not a final solution to the problem, since you still have to manually select the original file (search only finds the black little movs).

Hope that helps for now,
good luck!


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