Structure of a catalog entry: introduction

To add your content to the platform, you initially only need some metadata. Later on, you can add further assets to not only represent your content ideally to buyers, but also to manage assets belonging to it within one central catalog entry.

  • A catalog entry is your fundamental building block: it references your content through basic metadata. It can either be a free-standing single entry (such as a film) or a parent entry linked other to hierarchically related entries (such as a series with several seasons and episodes). These different catalog entry types exist:
    • Programs are single, autonomous catalog entries such as films or shorts.
    • Formats are the highest level of hierarchical catalog entries: a Format entry may reference content comprising several series, seasons and/or episodes, or may stand on its own as a reference to a format for which no finished tape is available.
    • Series are titles comprising multiple episodes, which may also be grouped into multiple seasons.A Series can belong to a Format, or stand on its own.
    • Seasons are used to assemble groups of episodes, most commonly by production cycle.A Season can belong to a Format or Series, or stand on its own.
    • Episodes are, as the name suggests, individual episodes in e.g. a series.An Episode can belong to a Format, Series or Season. When unassigned from a hierarchical parent entry, it becomes a Program. Conversely, a single Program becomes an Episode once assigned to a new parent entry.
  • Marketing assets add to the presentational impact of your catalog entry by supplying images and streaming videos.
    • Images are most often the first visual representation of your content a client sees.
    • Videos can be streamed directly via the platform or via a Recommendation messages sent to a client, so they are perhaps the most crucial component for presenting your content optimally.Video streaming is adaptable – this means that if the person streaming the video has a connection too slow to stream the original file seamlessly, our system will revert to a lower-quality derivative taking up less bandwidth to ensure smooth playback.
    • If you’re uploading an Image or Video to a parent entry that has hierarchically subordinate entries assigned to it (say, a Series with multiple Episodes), Images and Videos will be automatically displayed on all subordinate entries as well, but can optionally be hidden there.
  • Ancillary assets are any additional documents and files that belong with your catalog entry and may need to be retrieved by clients, such as scripts, production stills, cue sheets and anything else you’d like to store.
  • Materials, finally, are master materials:
    • Media Files are master files that can be delivered digitally or, if certain conditions apply, via physical media.
    • DVDs are ISO images, i.e. full digital images of video DVDs that can be delivered digitally or output as physical DVDs.
    • Tapes are broadcast tape formats such as Digital Betacam, HDCAM or HDCAM SR. Tape entries on the platform can be used to record availability of tapes, and/or as a prerequisite to ingesting high-resolution master files from them.
  • Furthermore, the Timeline shows you any viewing or editing activity (both from seller and buyer Users) that has taken place on the given catalog entry. Note that you may filter by several specific actions to track certain types of user activity.