How to Add Metadata to a Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro

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Every visual information (VI) product must contain complete and accurate metadata so it is accessible and properly documented. Follow these steps using Adobe Premiere Pro to include the required motion imagery metadata.

Follow along with the steps below to add all required metadata in accordance with the DoD Visual Information Style Guide (VISG) to your video using Adobe Premiere.

In Adobe Premiere Pro, select “File > Menu > Media.” This opens the Export Settings dialog box.

  • Below “Time Interpolation” click “Metadata.” This opens the Metadata Export box.
  • For the “Export Options” menu, select “Create Sidecar File.”
  • Set “Source Metadata > Preservation Rules:” to “Preserve All.”
  • De-select “Export Master Speech Track and Sequence Markers.”
Click “New” next to the “Output File Metadata > Export Template” menu. This opens the Export Template Editor dialog box.

  • Click inside the Name field.
  • Name your export template.
  • Select the appropriate metadata fields to include in your template located in the categories and subcategories as follows:
  • Dublin Core:
    • Author
    • Description
    • Keywords
    • Title
  • Photoshop:
    • Author’s Position
    • Caption Writer
    • City
    • Country
    • Credit Line
    • Date Created
    • Headline
    • Instructions
    • Source
    • State/Province
    • Transmission Reference
  • IPTC Core Properties > IPTC Contact:
    • Phone
    • E-Mail (s)
  • Click “Save.”

Select your new template from the “Export Template” menu and click “Edit.”

  • Enter the metadata in accordance with the DoD VISG in the appropriate fields as follows:
  • Dublin Core:
    • Author: Visual Information (VI) professional’s rank and full name
    • Description: Caption including credit line in accordance with DoD VISG. According to the DoD VISG, captioning a video product follows the same guidelines as captioning still imagery. The motion imagery caption should provide a general description of the units and specific subjects, equipment used, the event taking place, location and date(s). If multiple people have worked on the video product, use a more general term for the credit line, instead of listing each individual.
    • Keywords: Enter appropriate Keywords
    • Title: Enter your Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRIN)
  • Photoshop:
    • Author’s Position: VI professional’s home unit
    • Caption Writer: Name of the individual editing the caption, if different than the VI Professional entered earlier in “Dublin Core > Author.”
    • City: The base locale or city of the shoot
    • Country: The country or area of the shoot; for aerials, use either the country or the ocean area being flown over
    • Credit Line: The unit the VI professional was temporarily assigned to during the shoot (must be on official orders). If not assigned, leave blank.
    • Date Created: Date the video was created, must match the date in the VIRIN
    • Headline: The name of the operation or exercise, otherwise, leave blank if not part of an official operation or exercise
    • Instructions: Enter the release authority and contact information. If the image has been approved for release, insert “Released” and the name, rank, unit, phone and e-mail contact information of the release authority. If the image is explicitly not cleared for public release, insert “FOUO” and the name, rank, unit, phone and e-mail contact information of the release authority. If a release authority has not reviewed the image, insert “FOUO.” Also include the plan to get it reviewed as well as contact information (e-mail and/or phone).
    • Source: The medium used to capture the motion imagery. Enter either digital or film, do not enter the film type or camera model.
    • State/Province: The state or province of the shoot
    • Transmission Reference: Enter the combatant command where the motion imagery was shot. (USINDOPACOM, USEUCOM, etc.)
  • IPTC Core Properties > IPTC Contact:
    • Phone(s): Enter a phone number where the VI professional can be contacted
    • E-mail (s): Enter the VI professional’s e-mail address, preferably an official .mil or .gov account
  • Click “OK” to save your metadata.

All metadata should be entered before you initiate the export. Once you export your project, the metadata you entered will be included with it.

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