Drastic Metadata Elements

meta chipDrastic software supports a wide range of metadata elements.  These elements are stored within the actual media files when available, and also stored in a sidebar XMP file, using both the standard, and a custom DTD, with the Adobe specification.  Please see each file format's specification for its metadata.  The XMP file metadata format is outlined here.

Here is a link to the DTD:


Here is a link to an XSL (please note, this is for version 1.2 - current version is 2.0):


Here is a sample XML File:

Please try Internet Explorer as well as Firefox

Default Metadata is stored in the config.xm and can be accessed or modified using the DDRConfig GUI.  This covers only the Drastic specific metadata.  The file derived and Adobe metadata types do not have defaults, but can be set and will be passed through any Drastic software operations.

Metadata Sources

  • RP-188 (hanc SDI) LTC, VITC
  • RP-215 (vanc insertion), Video TC, Audio TC, Key code, Ink code, etc
  • SMPTE/LTC time code and user bits
  • VITC/D-VITC time code and user bits
  • Closed Caption 608/Teletext line 21 SD
  • Closed Caption 708 HD vanc
  • RS-422 Serial Control
  • Network and Preset Elements

Real Time Elements

TC – Absolute Position

LTC – LTC Longitudinal (SMPTE) Time Code

LTC UB – Longitudinal (SMPTE) User Bits

VITC – Vertical Interval Time Code

VITC UB – Vertical Interval User Bits

Ink Code – Film Ink Code

Key Code – Film Key Code

Closed Captions – 608/708 Closed Captions



Width – Width of video frame in pixels

Height – Height of video frame in pixels

Planes - Number of RGB groups (like Photoshop layers)

Bit Count (or, Bit Depth) – Number of bits per pixel reported in video

Compression – Compression setting - a fourcc usually, but not always equal to fccHandler.  Denotes compression type of frame

Image Size - Size of the Image in unsigned chars

XPels per Meter - Number of horizontal picture elements per meter (a width resolution description)

YPels per Meter - Number of vertical picture elements per meter (a height resolution description)

Color Used - For color tables, the number of RGBQUAD elements used

Color Important - Number of RGBQUAD elements that are critical to display

Reserved - Name of the Reserved Array

FCC Type - Type of Audio/Video FourCC Compression Code

FCC Handler - Handler used for the FCC type

Flags - Flags setting

Caps - Capabilities

Priority - Priority of the selected video or audio stream in relation to other streams in the file

Language - Language setting

Scale - Scale of the frame

Rate - Frame rate setting

Start - Delay in units for this stream to start before video commences

Length - Length of the video stream

Initial Frames - Amount of audio in the file before video commences

Suggested Buffer Size - Recommended buffer size

Quality - Quality used by the compressor

Sample Size -  Size, in unsigned chars, of a single data sample

Edit Count - Number of edits that have been performed on the file

Format Change Count - Number of times the file's format has been changed

Pitch - Video line pitch

DR Flags - Internal Drastic flags

File Type - Name for the Drastic file type

Res Drastic - Reserved array of Drastic DWORDs

Audio Type - Name of the audio type

Audio Channels - Number of audio channels

Audio Frequency - Audio frequency setting

Audio Bits - Audio bits per sample setting

Extended Metadata

File Name – File name as it was opened (base name plus extension, no path info)

Native Locator – Native path plus file name plus file extension

Universal Locator – (or Universal Name) Network path plus file name plus file extension

TCP-IP Address – IP Address of the system

Source Locator – System locator for file source, in UnversalLocator, NativeLocator, FileName order

Channel – Unique channel identifier, whether V1, A1, A2 etc

Channel Length - Duration of the selected channel in frames

Channel Name – Channel name

Channel Description – Description of the selected channel

Channel Poster Frame - Frame from which a thumbnail is created for the channel

Title – Title of the content

Subject – Content's subject

Category – Category content belongs in

Keywords – Keywords for searching

Ratings – Content rating for parental control settings, if rated

Comments – User free form comment

Sequence Number – Position of the content within a series of edits

Owner – Name of the owner of the content

Editor – Name of the editor of the content

Supplier – Name of the supplier of the content

Source – Source of the file, whether VTR, Betacam, Satellite etc.

Project – Project name

Status – Content status, whether final, proof, review etc.

Author – Name of the author of the content

Revision Number – Current revision number as a string

Produced – Producer company name

Album – Album name

Artist – Artist's name

Composer – Composer's name

Copyright – Copyright statement

Creation Data – When the file was created

Description – Description of content

Director – Director's name

Disclaimer – Disclaimer if necessary

Encoded By – Encoder's name

Full Name – Content's full name

Genre – Genre content falls into

Host Computer – Current computer hosting the file

Information – Free form user information on the file or content

Make – Company name of the equipment creating the file

Model – Model of the equipment creating the file

Original Artist – Original artist, if different from Artist

Original Format – Original format, if different from current format

Original Source - Source media from which the content is derived

Performers – Performer's name

Producer – Producer's name

Product – Targeted product associated with the content

Software – Software in use, whether MediaReactor, Drastic DDR etc.

Special Playback Requirements – If necessary

Track – Track ID

Warning – Content warning, if necessary

URL – URL link to site associated with media

EditData1 – User data

EditData2 – User data

EditData3 – User data

EditData4 – User data

EditData5 – User data

EditData6 – User data

EditData7 – User data

EditData8 – User data

EditData9 – User data

Version String – Content version

Manufacturer – Manufacturer name

Language – Content's language

Format – Media format

Input Device – For CIN/DPX, the Telecine name

Device Model Num – Input device model number

Device Serial Num – Input device serial number

Reel – Reel name from content's source reel/tape

Shot – Shot number or identifier

Take – Take number or identifier

Slate Info – Slate information from shot/take

Frame Attribute – Video frame attribute

Episode - Name of the episode

Scene - Name of the scene

DailyRoll - Name of the Daily Roll (edited day's run) associated with the content

Cam Roll - Name of the Camera Roll (spool of film) associated with the content

Sound Roll - Name of the Sound Roll (separate audio media) associated with the content

Lab Roll - Name of the Lab Roll (an assemblage of camera rolls) associated with the content

Key Number Prefix - Characters used to create a prefix for the key number (appears on film spools)

Ink Number Prefix - Characters used to create a prefix for the ink number (appears on workprint + soundtrack distributable)

Picture Icon – Small JPG frame capture used as picon

Proxy File - Version of content typically in low resolution for review

UMID - SMPTE Universal Media Identifier

LTC Time Code – Starting longitudinal time code

LTC User Bits – Starting longitudinal time code user bits

VITC Time Code – Starting vertical interval time code

VITC User Bits – Starting vertical interval user bits

VITC 3 Line Data – Vertical interval extra data 

Poster Frame - Frame from which a thumbnail is created for the content

A-Frame – A frame indicator for 3/2 cadence

Aspect Ratio – Video aspect ratio

Original Rate – Original rate/scale

Original Scale – Original rate/scale

Total Conversions – Total times this media has been converted

Version Number – Numeric version

File Size – Total file size in bytes

File Date – Date of file creation

File Time – Time of file creation

Sequence Number - Sequence to which the file belongs

Total Streams – Total number of streams

Total Length – Total length of longest stream

Film Manufacturer Code – Film code

Film Type Code – Film type code

White Point – White point level

Black Point – Black point level

Black Gain – Recommended black gain

Break Point – Break point for curve

Gamma 1000 – Gamma of media times 1000

Tag Number – Number used to tag content

Flags – Flags that have been set for the content

Time Code Type – Time code type for the counter/ctl

LTC Time Code Type – LTC time code type for the counter/ctl

VITC Time Code Type – VITC time code type for the counter/ctl

Prod Date – Date of production

Unique ID – Unique identification for the content

Custom Metadata Block Type – Custom metadata block type description

Custom Metadata Block Size – Custom metadata block size description

GPS Latitude – Latitude where this media was captured/created

GPS Longitude – Latitude where this media was captured/created

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