Last updated: Nov-29-2023
Watch this tutorial to learn how to handle metadata (structured, contextual, and embedded) and tags with the Cloudinary Assets DAM solution via the Media Library.
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|0:00||This is the first video in a two-part series that explores asset structure within the Media Library and how it can help you organize your Media Library content, making asset searches more efficient. This video focuses on metadata and tags. The next video covers folders.
Asset Structure goes beyond the conventional notion of shared folders, drives, or desktops. With Digital Asset Management (DAM), you have the flexibility to create an organized structure using metadata and tags, as well. Together, these elements form the foundation for effective asset storage, search, and reuse, keeping all users up to date and assuring administrators that the right content is being delivered to employees. Additionally, DAM enables secure file sharing and seamless integration with a broader tech stack.
|1:43||Metadata stores descriptive information about your asset, represented as fields and values. The three supported types of metadata are:
|2:34||You can enhance the searchability of your content through the Media Library. (Developers can also achieve this via the Metadata API.)
Using the UI, you can navigate to Structured Metadata in the Assets Product Navigation (accessible to administrators). Here, you'll discover a list of existing fields, each offering a unique way to search for assets based on their values.
|3:36||To illustrate, click Create a New Field and establish a multiple-selection list called
|4:35||Back in the Media Library, select Preferences from the Assets Product Navigation, and in the Advanced Search Filters section, add the newly crafted
Upon returning to the Media Library and choosing the Assets view for filtering, you'll see your
|5:12||To access and edit asset metadata, double click the asset to open the asset management drill-down page, then select the Metadata tab. This tab allows you to view and modify your tags, structured metadata fields and contextual metadata fields by adding values as needed.
In the example shown, the tags were added automatically, structured metadata include
|6:18||Contextual and embedded metadata play a significant role in asset management. Contextual metadata comprises titles and descriptions provided for assets, while embedded metadata includes data generated by creative agencies, third parties, or contained within the asset itself, such as EXIF data, resolution, camera information, and GPS location. All of these elements contribute to effective asset searching.|
|6:57||In the Metadata tab of the asset management drill-down page, you'll find fields for Title (caption) and Description (alt) under Contextual metadata, as well as fields for Embedded metadata, including DPI. If you're in search of specific DPI values, you can easily locate them in a search.|
|7:37||Tags provide a flexible, free text means of supplementing metadata, allowing you to attach information to assets. Tags can be applied manually or automatically using platform add-ons such as Cloudinary AI Content Analysis, Google Vision and Amazon Rekognition.|
|8:15||For example, in the Metadata tab of the asset management drill-down page you can manually add a tag like
|8:33||You can also utilize auto-tags, setting a minimum confidence level. Tags that don't meet this minimum confidence threshold won't be suggested. You can then run the add-on and add selected suggested tags or add them all. These tagging options can also be enforced upon upload using an upload preset, ensuring consistent tagging practices. For example, if you want to have auto-tagging applied to all uploads, you can configure an upload preset accordingly.|
- Learn more about uploading and storing assets in your Media Library.
Folder SharingDefine sharing permissions for user groups
Asset structure - FoldersUtilize folders for efficient asset organization and searchability
Advanced SearchUse advanced search to find assets by date range
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