Request: Improve and support more robust "Search Bins" functions
Currently does not seem to accommodate ("contains", "is", "is not", "begins with", "ends with", wildcards, etc.).
It accommodates searching a total of 21 specific XMP metadata properties plus the umbrella "All Metadata", but a far cry from the huge array of XMP properties available. User-added custom XMP properties are nowhere to be had. That not only reduces its power, it would seem to contradict PPro's otherwise gregarious embrace of MetaData management.
The only access to editing the search terms seems to be via context-clicking the Search Bin from the Project Panel. Would be extremely convenient to access search terms from the open Search Bin panel itself.
An ability to save Search Bin terms would allow a smart bin to change contents quickly and fluently -- allowing you "one bin to rule them all".
A Search Bin Panel's "Video Usage" and "Audio Usage" column pulldowns work differently than they do in a regular Bin Panel. Although they do show the related clips, the pulldowns are mysteriously are greyed out and won't pull up the item when selected.
Reason for request
MetaData / search / filter -based approaches to project management are far superior to bin-based structures. Faster to build, easier to use, faster to find contnet, infinitely extensible with the right set of data-setting and search tools.
John Flanagan commented
Agree. This is super important. We need to be able to have search bins cover XMP metadata.
James Clark commented
I was going to lodge my own request but this covers almost all of it.
There's two thing I'd add to this request, one is the number of simultaneous criteria by which to filter is strangely limited to 2. Sometimes I'm looking for something that is going to < or > a value for a given parameter, AND is something else of another given parameter, OR something else of another given parameter. That's 3 distinct characteristics of filtering and you inexplicably can't do this. I don't really understand why, it's not like it constantly has to loop this search, it only has to execute it when a change of some kind occurs in the project panel. Using find, even in a large project is basically instantaneous so I can't see that it would slow things down. They don't have to overwhelm users with too many options because they can just have + and - buttons for adding criteria. Why would you limit this?
The other is ability to actually make more effective use of a search bin after it's created. Usually when I create one of these bins, it's at the beginning stages of a project when I'm organising things and will want to move things around and delete things. I often want to find all clips matching a criteria and drag them all in to a different bin. It would be handy if I could drag them out of the search bin and in to the bin I want them to be in. This would move them from wherever they might be within a given bin structure and in to the chosen bin. It would make for a slightly confusin UI experience I admit, because they would necessarily not disappear from the search bin, but this is consistent with how things like explorer or finder work and it's fine. Also deleting as well. In fact especially, as with deletion you can actually expect to see the clip disappear from both the search bin and whatever other bin an asset may be in within the project so it would be consistent and useful. Unfortunately right now search bins are static and you can't move or delete media found through them. I guess one might argue that if you're using search bins you could disregard traditional bins entirely but I don't see why one CAN'T do what I want to do.
Scott Ham commented
Ability to create a search that can use the criteria of "Audio Usage" or "Video Usage" would also be helpful. That way, one can setup search bins that show unused media based on criteria.
Peter Lund commented
In Avid Media Composer there is a feature called "CUSTOM SIFT"
It was designed to find all kind of footage and metadata.
Maybe have a look at this search feature?
I found that it was quite nice.
Who finds it annoying that the search does not disappear, when you are doing the next stuff.
You have to deselect it.
For me this is not like a search engine works.