A crucial Silverstack feature is the “Report” functionality. It offers you the opportunity to create a summary of all the clips contained by the selected project item.
Therefore choose a project, folder or bin and click on the “Report” wizard in the Silverstack toolbar (figure 1).
Different Report Types
Silverstack offers you the possibility to export different types of reports. Each one of them is designed for the different professionals involved in the production process. Additionally you can customize the kind of information shown in the reports (more information in the article Customizing Clip Reports).
The different types of reports are:
- Shooting Day Report
- Clips Report
- Thumbnail Report
- Contact Print Report
- Volume report.
Shooting Day Report
The Shooting Day Report (figure 2) gives you production information about the clips you have offloaded. You can select between the statistics, labels, backups, ratings formats and reels to show up in the report (figure 3). Enter production information like Director, Cinematographer and DIT in the production field in the tab project overview, and show it by checking the according checkbox “Show Production Info” at the bottom of the reports dialog.
Clips Report (figure 6) is the most customizable type of report. It exports the clip’s metadata you choose from the column layouts. You can also use a preset column layout with important information for different professionals involved in the production process as shown in figure 4 (see dropdown “Clip Layout Information”). Column layouts can be managed and saved from the toolbar of the table view (see fig. 5). Please see the article Customizing Clip Report for more information.
Generates a report similar to the Clips Report but with bigger thumbnails to help with the identification of the clips. The information displayed in the report behaves in the same way as in the Clips Report.
Three Thumbnails per Clip
Silverstack by default creates one thumbnail for each ingested clip that is saved in the library. This thumbnail is be used for referencing clips in the Clips, Thumbnails and Contact Print Reports.
Since Silverstack 6.3 Clips and Thumbnails Reports can now be created including three thumbnails per clip. This enables an advanced reference for clips in reporting.
When selecting the Clips or Thumbnails Report in the report wizard you can choose “3 (requires online media)” as “Number of Thumbnails:”:
During the export process Silverstack creates two thumbnails for the first and the last frame of the clip in addition to the custom thumbnail. In contrast to a single thumbnail report that accesses the custom thumbnail, the three thumbnails report requires online media for the ad hoc creation of the additional thumbnails.
Position of Thumbnails
The position for the creation of the additional thumbnails can be influenced by setting in and out points for a clip. The position of the custom thumbnail can be set in the preferences. Also, thumbnail creation on ingest can also be deactivated in the preferences.
Additional Thumbnails Failed to Create
If the thumbnail creation process fails it can have different reasons. One common, simple reason is offline media. If the report fails the following alert will be shown:
Please be aware that if no custom thumbnails have been created the custom thumbnail will show a placeholder icon in the reports. Always take a look at your report to ensure its content.
Report Examples with Three Thumbnails
Contact Print Report
This option creates a report displaying only the thumbnails of the library element selected.
Volume Report (figure 14) summarizes the information regarding the source and current location of the different copies of the clips registered in Silverstack. In order to make this option available, the «Volumes» folder must be selected from the Library tab. This kind of report can also contain XX Hash, MD5 hash and SHA1 hash information to confirm data integrity.
Report Naming Scheme
When saving reports the naming scheme options help to select a meaningful naming based on your project context.
There are preset options available for the naming of the reports:
In addition to the presets the “Custom:” option allows to build a file name based on available metadata. By clicking “Customize…” you can open the metadata wildcards panel and choose from the available wildcards to build a custom file naming scheme:
Silverstack can save this information either in a PDF-, CSV-, XML- or HTML-file. With the formats CSV and XML you can create files that you can import in spreadsheet applications like Excel or Numbers. Additionally you can write your own scripts to process the data.
“Print Report” Functionality
Additionally to the “Report” functionality, Silverstack offers you the opportunity to directly print reports for each level of your project tree.
To print a report of all clips contained by one folder, select this folder, right-click on it and select “Print Report…” from the drop-down menu.
The described steps work for:
- Smart folders
- “Volumes” items