The Clips Report is the most customizable type of report. Silverstack offers a flexible and powerful reporting center, allowing users to customize Clips Reports made for production and post-production workflows. These reports include thumbnails and metadata in a well-arranged and accessible PDF document. Reports include all the metadata needed to document camera media traveling to different professionals involved in many stages across the production workflow.
- Clip Table Layout
- Table content: Clips only or clips and other files. Sidecar documents can be included in the report
- Ignore Audio Clips
- Number of Thumbnails: 1 or 3 (see section “Three Thumbnails per Clip”)
- Thumbnail Quality in %: setting to adjust the compression ratio of the images with its resulting data reduction.
- You can include the following summaries:
- Production Info
- Clips Overview
Clip Table Layout Customization: Metadata Columns
Users can apply their own Table View column layouts to customize the information needed in Clips Reports.
In order to create a Custom Layout for the Table View, users can select the small gear button and check/uncheck the metadata columns according to their workflow needs:
Thumbnails in Clips Reports
Users can customize the thumbnails shown in their reports to get a better preview of the footage. Silverstack by default creates one thumbnail for each ingested clip that is saved in the library. This thumbnail is used for referencing clips in the Clips, Thumbnails and Contact Print Reports. As shown in the previous screenshots, it’s possible to choose between 1 and 3 thumbnails for each clip in the report.
When selecting the Clips or Thumbnails Report in the report wizard you can choose as “Number of Thumbnails:”:
- 3 (requires online media)
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 Clips Report that accesses the custom thumbnail, the three thumbnails Clips 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 menu. Additionally, thumbnail creation on ingest can be deactivated in the Preferences. For more information on how to select thumbnails, please refer to the article Choosing custom thumbnail images.
‘Additional Thumbnails Failed to Create’ Warning
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.
Hiding Thumbnails in Clips Reports
Alternatively, it’s possible to completely hide or skip thumbnails in Clips Reports. In order to accomplish that, just remove the ‘Preview’ column from the Table View custom layout:
Example of a Clips Report
For more information about this topic, please check the article Creating Reports.