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Browse Content (Search) [VE UG]

Selecting the "Lens" (1) icon in the media management area will open the Browse Content tab. It is from here that users are able to search for media. When performing a search, all results are listed within the tab along with their id, type, title and additional metadata. Media of the type “video” will automatically generate a thumbnail image of the clip's first frame, allowing users to more easily recognize a clip's content. Additionally, the "Duration" metadata column indicates the length of a clip. Within the search field, users are able to search for content based on the title. Please note that the result view is customizable and might depend on the system design which depends on the installation and version used (see: Media search grid configuration [VE OG]).

VidiEditor’s search is a basic search not comparable to advanced search applications. It is meant to be a fast and easy access to media generated in the system. It allows users to search media based on the media’s title, ID and the configured metadata. Also the search filters the result list based on different criteria. The main goal for this is to display media in the search that is usable in VidiEditor. Below, aspects worth considering for the different media types:


  • Filtered based on the proxy shape tag configuration, only videos that have a shape matching the defined proxy format are found (see: Supported Proxy Video Format (Enterprise) [VE OG] and Supported Proxy Video Format [VE OG]).

    • The video frame rate must match the project timeline's frame rate to be usable in the timeline and timeline preview player. If this is not the case, the user will get an info message that the frame rates are not matching. And those item will be greyed out in the search result as follows:



  • Collections are found when of the type “Persisted_Bin“ (E.g.: MediaPortal Collections)

    • Items in a collection will be greyed out if not supported by VidiEditor

Camera card container

  • Are a specific sub type of the media type video and are found as video with same filter criteria.

If users want to view the content of the clip itself, they can select and click on the context menu icon (2) and select the "Add to Source Preview" (3) option  to view it in the Source Preview player (4). Alternatively, the video can be placed there via drag and drop (see also: Preview Player: Source Preview).

The following tutorial video covers several of these aspects: Tutorial: Basic Media Usage.

Options on Search results

For the Enterprise version the data presented in the result grid is configurable as explained in Media search grid configuration [VE OG]. Therfore just some specific functionalities of the result should be explained. Most of the displayed data will be depending on the configuration anyway. Following functionalities are worth to mention:

  • Hovering on Thumbnail will display additional information like the media frame rate and the project frame rate.

  • Greyed out results indicate that they are not usable on the currently open project as the medias frame rate must match the projects frame rate.


On the results different options are possible from the search depending on the type of the element:

Video / Camera Card:

  • Add to timeline

  • Add to Source Preview Player

  • Add to Project Bin



  • Add to timeline

  • Add to Source Preview Player

  • Add to Project Bin



  • Add to Project Bin


The possibilities are shown also in following flow diagram from browse to project bin and timeline for a better overview.




Search Logic

The VidiEditor search is a basic search allowing quick access without switching application. It allows to search via one search box creating a search query over the text metadata fields seen in the result grid. It is not possible to have a field search (e.g. only search in the title field but not in the description). VidiEditor automatically searches in all visible text fields.

For advanced search functionalities like complex search operators, saved searches or search through sub elements such as eventlists it is recommended using e.g. MediaPortal that specializes on search functionality and also integrates to VidiEditor allowing to open VidiEditor on MediaPortal search results.

Automatic wildcard search

Per default a VidiEditor search automatically truncates every phrase that you type in e.g. typing review will also find all hits containing preview as for the query automatically wildcards (asterisk (*)) are added at the beginning and end of the phrase. For the given example it means that when typing review the search query uses wildcards like *review* and thus all hits are found that contain this sequence of letters. Same applies for phrases or IDs e.g.

  • entering review mov will find hits like preview movie as well because it searches for *review mov*

  • entering 71 will also find results with a video ID like ITEM-VX-4711

Using wildcards manually

VidiEditor allows to use following wildcards intendedly

  • * can be used to replace a number of characters

  • ? can be used to replace a single character e.g. mo?ie will find movie

Phrase search

The Vidieditor search does not evaluate the order of the search terms e.g. entering movie preview will also find hits for preview movie. If you want to search for a specific phrase in the right order, you can use quotation marks e.g. entering “movie preview” will only find hits like A great movie preview but not preview movie player.

Please also note that the search result filters for usable media based on the available shapes (media formats).

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