METADATA Test with Wave Agent

Following up on yesterdays post re Metadata, I installed Wave Agent and imported a test file: METADATA TEST.wav and I added the following metadata:
SCENE: 27
TAKE: 3
NOTES: “THIS IS A TEST OF ADDING METADATA in WAVE AGENT”

Wave Agent test

I then hit SAVE & exited Wave Agent & booted up ProTools
At first when I went to Workspace & located the file METADATA TEST.wav no metadata was displayed but when I selected the file ProTools quickly drew the waveform & displayed the metadata, as below.
Now I know there is also a shortcut key command that when you click on a waveform on a track, it requests ProTools to import all metadata – anyone remember what the key combo is? I only know it exists as a few times I have hit it by mistake and have to wait, since if its a big session with 5,000 files in it importing all the metadata takes a few minutes (and there is no cancel button)

Wave Agent test

Also, if I go to View menu > Region > Scene & Take I could display info in waveform:

Wave Agent test

Success!
So thanks Sound Devices & AVID for implementing this – go get yourself a copy of WAVE AGENT for Mac or PC here

UPDATE: If you own ProTools it would also be worth your while reading the PDF which is labelled: “Field Recorder Workflows.pdf”

Applications/Digidesign/Documentation/Misc/Field Recorder Workflows.pdf

Two relevant bits (although be aware DigiBase is not same as Workspace)

PT metadata support

7 Responses to METADATA Test with Wave Agent

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  2. Chris says:

    “there is also a shortcut key command that when you click on a waveform on a track, it requests ProTools to import all metadata – anyone remember what the key combo is?”

    Ah that little darling! The one that holds up a mix for 5 + minutes while ProTools collates all the metadata for an entire dialogue session, which is a lot if you are working with polyphonic audio files. I know it too well; its simply command-click on any region with the selector tool and all available matches for that region will show up in a dropdown list. Which is great provided all the metadata has been located already, if not you are in for the big wait – I eventually learned to do this immediately after opening a mix session.

    • tim says:

      Thats the one! Thanks Chris – I knew you would know 🙂

      • matt L says:

        or if you have/enable multiple buttons on your mouse, right-click does the same (which is even easier to mis-click by mistake, especially when in a real hurry and can’t afford the time to wait for it to calculate!)

  3. Colin Hart says:

    I was actually planning on doing this same test next time I had a few hours free, but you beat me to it! Thanks for posting the results!

  4. Thanks for posting all of this. I have actually been reading all of these AES white papers thanks to you, and there is a whole “chunk” in the header that archivists want to use for catalog information in music recording. Fascinating reading.

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