Adding Metadata To Tags In Flow-Based Sports

If you need help creating custom tags for your flow-based sport, please see our help article on this topic here

WHAT IS METADATA, AND WHY WOULD I WANT IT?

Great question.  Imagine the information you're looking for is a building somewhere.  To find it, you would need to construct a map.  Sometimes, knowing only the general region that building is located in is enough (like, for instance, if you were wondering about the number of shots your team took in a game).  Sometimes, you'd want to know the city that building is in (like how many of those shots were taken by a particular athlete), and sometimes you'd want the specific address of that building (like how many of those athlete's shots were three-pointers that didn't go in).

Metadata is your roadmap.  By adding metadata to your System or Custom Tags, you can refine the focus of your searches to an exponential degree.  In flow-based sports, adding metadata begins in the SETTINGS application.

You can add any number of custom metadata to any tag (system or custom), and you can click on any tag in your list to see what metadata (if any) has already been assigned to it.  System and Custom Tags are displayed on the left side of the page, and their corresponding metadata is displayed on the right:

  Simply click on the tag that you wish to add metadata to (for this example, metadata will be added to a previously created 'Sample Custom Tag'), and then click on the 'Add Metadata' button on the upper right side of the page:

At this point, you will have five options for metadata types: Text, Number, List, Athlete Roster, and Team Name.  We'll go into more detail on each of these below.

TEXT:

A 'Text' metadata will allow you to add comments, critiques, etc. to the clip(s) of your choice.  Choose a name for your metadata, save it, and it will appear on the list of metadata associated with the tag.  In your filter, when you search through your 'Text' metadata, you will be able to search for any single word or phrase you assign to your clip (for more information, see this article here).

NUMBER:

Similar to a 'Text' metadata, a 'Number' metadata will allow you to assign a number to the clip. Choose a name for your metadata, save it, and it will appear on the list of metadata associated with the tag.  In your filter, when you search through your 'Number' metadata, you will be able to search for values greater than, less than, or equal to the number you assign to your clip (for more information, see this article here).

LIST:

This is the type of metadata you will probably use 90% of the time.  A 'List' metadata will allow you to assign categories or an organizational 'structure' to a clip.  For instance, if you wanted to tag and track the direction a goalkeeper was prone to send the ball on a goal kick, you might create a tag like this: 

You can add as many options as you'd like to your metadata (simply press 'Add Item' to add each one).  Always be sure to leave a 'blank' item as a placeholder, which will allow you to escape out of assigning metadata, if necessary.  In your filter, you will be able to search for any item you add to your metadata (for more information, see this article here). Always be sure to save your work.

ATHLETE ROSTER:

An 'Athlete Roster' metadata will allow you to assign any athlete on your or your opponent's roster to the clip.  In your filter, when you search through your 'Athlete Roster' tags, you will be able to pull up any clip designated by a chosen roster member (for more information, see this article here).

TEAM NAME:

Similar to an 'Athlete Roster' metadata, a 'Team Name' metadata will allow you to assign either your team or the opposing team to the clip.  In your filter, when you search through your 'Team Name' metadata, you will be able to pull up any clip designated by a team name (for more information, see this article here).

After your metadata has been added to your tag(s), you'll see it displayed on the right hand side of the page:

Now you're ready to go and assign your custom tags and/or custom metadata to your clips.  

For more step-by-step information on assigning your custom tags and/or metadata to specific clips in flow-based sports, please see our help article on this topic here.

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