Frame.io V4 Beta Feature Focus—Metadata & Collections

Now that we’ve launched Frame.io V4 Beta, we’re excited to share the most significant update to Frame.io’s all-new powerful metadata framework. Metadata transforms the way you interact with your assets. Instead of relying solely on a rigid folder structure, you can now organize and view your media based on how you and your team work.

John Traver presents the new Metadata and Collections features in V4 Beta

Frame.io V4 Metadata

In Version 4, you can track essential metadata directly on your assets, which are visible as Fields. Frame.io provides thirty-two Fields right out of the box, such as Status or Date Uploaded. These Fields can be shown directly on the asset itself using the Manage Fields menu, giving you access to your most critical information at a glance. 

But the real magic happens when you tailor your projects with Custom Fields with options like text inputs, select drop downs, date pickers, and toggles. These fields are completely defined and configured by you.

For example, let’s say you are working on an ad campaign with hundreds of image and video deliverables. Now, you can use Fields to quickly categorize all of your assets in a way that’s meaningful to your workflow. 

Some out-of-the-box fields might be helpful, like Status and File Type, but you can also create custom fields that are specific to the campaign you’re working on. You might choose to use Date to create a due date Field for each of your assets. Or maybe you want a Platform Field using a Single select. Whether you opt for the ready-to-use fields or create your own, Frame.io metadata gives you the freedom to shape and track any unique process in your creative workflow.

Frame.io V4 Collections

But the value of asset metadata really shines in Collections. Collections are a flexible, real-time saved view of your assets that allows you to dynamically select, filter, group, and sort your media using the metadata collections update in real time. Any time an asset meets the criteria of your collection, it will get added immediately. That cuts down the time you and your team spend culling and organizing your assets manually.

You can create as many collections as you want to power your team’s distinct workflows. Collections allow you to organize and reorganize your files in unique combinations without needing to make duplicates of your assets and take up extra storage. You can also customize the unique look and feel of each collection by giving it a name, cover, image, and description. 

Let’s take a look at how collections work in the context of a dailies workflow. Say you’re in a folder containing all the clips from a day’s shoot. In V4, you can organize these assets into a Collection by hitting the “+” icon. 

Once you’re there, you can customize a Collection by filtering your assets by the relevant tags. You can further configure your view by grouping the collection by shot date and scene to make sure the most important information is easy to access. 

You can also choose to display Fields, such as Take and Select Take, directly on the asset card. If any last-minute shots from the day get added to the folder, they’ll appear in the Collection automatically. 

Sharing Collections is a breeze. Just hit the share button, copy the link, and send off the dailies Collection. It will keep all the filters, groups, and sorts that you applied. Also, your applied recipients will be able to see the Collections update in real time as new footage rolls in, without the hassle of having to sort through multiple links.

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In version three, Frame.io revolutionized the asset review process. Now, with version four, you can personalize your entire creative process end-to-end using the incredible power and flexibility of metadata and collections. Welcome to the future of streamlined, customizable workflows with Frame.io V4.

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