Glossary

This glossary covers terms used throughout the MediaStore platform. Please also see the user guide and FAQs in case you are looking for guidance on specific functions.

16:9 Standard aspect ratio for television and digital content. Corresponds to standard HD as well as latter-day SD aspect ratios.
2.39:1 Standard aspect ratio for cinematic content. Often letterboxed or cropped to form a 16:9 image for television and digital broadcast.
4:3 Deprecated aspect ratio for SD television content. Common only for legacy content; new SD content usually has a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Accessible The highest available access level for assets, indicating that the file will be downloadable for clients.
Access level The accessibility of a catalog entry or file, ranging from Private (only visible to you personally) to Accessible (downloadable by colleagues and clients).
Active Status of a Contract In or Contract Out indicating that it is valid and finalized, thereby influencing Availabilities and Financials. Part of the Rights Management module.
Address book Your company contact database on the platform, including all registered users plus any entries you add manually. Can be used to e.g. fill recipient details in email Recommendations.
Affiliation admin Highest available seller User role, granting all available privileges.
Agent Lowest available seller User role, granting only marketing-related privileges.
Ancillary A file such as a script, cue sheet, production still or any other supplementary deliverable that is neither a primary master file (i.e. a high-quality audiovisual file of the given title) nor a Marketing asset (used to present your content directly on the platform).
Apple ProRes A common master file format which comes in couple of variations and is used as our standard format for NTSC.
Aspect ratio The relative width and height of the image of an audiovisual asset. Typically used to describe the relative dimensions of video assets, e.g. 4:3, 16:9, or 2.39:1. Does not describe the actual image size, as the same aspect ratio can be implemented with different dimensions.
Asset Any file, including Marketing assets, Ancillary assets and master files.
Available Status of a Material entry for a master file indicating that the file can be delivered and downloaded.
Blu-ray A common HD physical video disc format. One of the available formats for Material entries.
Buyer A single user from a buyer company who can access the buyer/client side of the platform.
Cart A custom collection of assets that can be published to registered users and/or delivered via email.
Catalog entry A set of content metadata which functions as the basic building block of MediaStore’s Content module and as a repository for related screening assets and deliverables.
Company A Company account may comprise one or more Users from one company. Typically, there will be one seller/backend Company account and any number of buyer/client Company account.
Complete Access level of a catalog entry indicating that it is currently only visible to seller/backend Users and technically ready to be published to buyer/client Users.
Content An audiovisual title such as a film, series, or short. In MediaStore, content is managed using catalog entries which can comprise metadata and all related assets.
Contract In A distribution agreement comprising distribution rights acquired by your company. Part of the Rights Management module.
Contract Out A license agreement granting (part of) your available distribution rights to a specific licensee. Part of the Rights Management module.
Draft In the Material section, an order status indicating that the order was saved, but not submitted yet.
In the Rights Management module, the initial status of a Contract In or Contract Out upon saving it, indicating that the contract is in progress but has not been confirmed yet.
DVD A common SD physical video disc format. One of the available formats for Material entries. ISO images of DVDs can be output to physical discs using DVD Shipping Orders.
Editor Second-lowest available seller User role, granting only basic content management-related privileges.
Episode A type of catalog entry which is part of Season, Series or Format.
File A digital asset such as a Marketing asset, Ancillary asset or master file.
Format A type of catalog entry which can stand on its own or comprise Series, Seasons and/or Episodes.
Full-frame Describes a video image where the entire available space is used, as opposed to letterbox or pillarbox.
Group A custom array of Users and assets used to selectively grant privileged access to restricted content and assets.
H.264 Typically referring to the H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC video encoding standard, a common compression method and file format for screening-quality video files and basis for our standard format for streaming video.
Inactive Status of a Contract In or Contract Out indicating that the contract was previously active but was deactivated. Part of the Rights Management module.
Image A visual asset typically comprising a static image. Can be uploaded as a Marketing asset (to represent the content within MediaStore) or Ancillary asset. Common file formats include .jpg, .png, .gif and .tiff.
IMX50 PAL MXF A common master file format which is used as our standard format for PAL SD.
Letterbox Describes a video image where the available space is only partially used and typically filled by black bars at the top and bottom.
Manager Second-highest available seller User role, granting most privileges except select executive tools.
Master file A high-quality audiovisual asset deemed to be suitable for e.g. broadcast, localization and creation of lower-quality derivates. Common formats are e.g. XDCAM HD422, IMX50 or Apple ProRes.
Material A Material entry is a set of metadata describing a master file (such as XDCAM HD422, IMX50 or Apple ProRes). Once defined, the corresponding asset can be uploaded to the entry.
Media file An audiovisual asset typically including a video stream and/or audio stream and/or static image. Can be uploaded as a Marketing asset (for screening), Ancillary asset or master file.
Media type A specific distribution channel such as Free TV or Internet Rights, as defined in a Contract In or Contract Out. Part of the Rights Management module.
Metadata Data (usually text-based) describing content or assets such as catalog entries, Marketing assets, Ancillary assets and master files, providing information such as synopses, technical specifications or structural and referencing data.
MP4 Typically referring to the H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC video encoding standard, a common compression method and file format for screening-quality video files and basis for our standard format for streaming video.
MXF A non-proprietary container format for audiovisual assets often used for master files, e.g. IMX50 or XDCAM HD422.
Not available Status of a Material entry for a master file indicating that no file is present for this specific entry.
Offer An offer made or received for a license agreement, potentially resulting in a Contract Out. Part of the Workflow module.
Pending In the Material section, an order status indicating that the order is currently being processed and should be completed shortly.
In the Rights Management module, the status of a Contract In or Contract Out indicating that contract negotiation has been finished, but the contract has not been executed yet.
Pillarbox Describes a video image where the available space is only partially used and typically filled by black bars at the sides.
Private The lowest available access level for a catalog entry or file, indicating that the file will only be visible to you personally (and any Affiliation Admin Users).
Processing Status of a Material entry for a master file indicating that the file is currently being ingested and will be available for usage soon.
Program A type of catalog entry which is free-standing, i.e. not associated with Formats, Series, Seasons or Episodes.
ProRes Apple ProRes, a common master file format which comes in couple of variations and is used as our standard format for NTSC.
Published Second-highest access level of a catalog entry indicating that it has been flagged for publication to buyer/client Users, but is not Verified yet.
Publishing status An alternative term for access level, which describes the accessibility of a catalog entry or file, ranging from Private (only visible to you personally) to Accessible (downloadable by everyone).
Rejected Status of a Contract In or Contract Out indicating that the contract was previously at status Pending, but failed to be finalized. Part of the Rights Management module.
Season A type of catalog entry which can stand on its own or be part of a Format or Series, and can comprise Episodes.
Selection A User-defined collection of catalog entries which can be used to collect and present a custom content package.
Seller A single user from a seller company who can access the seller/backend side of the platform.
Series A type of catalog entry which can stand on its own or be part of a Format, and can comprise Seasons and/or Episodes.
Screener A specific type of streaming video asset, typically comprising an entire full-length title.
Streaming video A screening-quality video file uploaded as a Marketing asset and encoded in the standard format for streaming video, thereby becoming streamable.
Tape A physical tape medium including broadcast-quality audiovisual content (most likely as a digital stream). Common formats are Digital Betacam, HDCAM or HDCAM SR. Tapes can be ingested and outgested.
Technical format An alternative term for Material entry, which is a set of metadata describing a master file (such as XDCAM HD422, IMX50 or Apple ProRes). Once defined, the corresponding asset can be uploaded to the entry.
Trailer A specific type of streaming video asset, typically comprising a concise preview of a full-length title.
Unpublished The second-lowest available access level for assets, indicating that the file will only be visible for seller/backend Users, but not for clients.
User A User account comprises one user’s access credentials and details and is part of a Company account.
Verified Highest access level of a catalog entry, indicating that it is visible to buyer/client Users. Only Affiliation admin users may enable this access level.
Video An audiovisual asset typically including one video stream and at least one audio stream. Can be uploaded as a Marketing asset (for screening) or master file. Common file types include .mp4, .m4v, .mov, .mxf, .mpg, .avi and .wmv.
Viewable The second-highest available access level for assets, indicating that the file will be visible for clients, but not downloadable.
Watchlist A collection of catalog entries personal to you, which you can use to earmark content.
XDCAM HD422 PAL MXF A common master file format which is used as our standard format for PAL HD.
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