For your video content to have any impact, it needs viewers. For that, you need discoverability. Beyond that, you need a way to keep your content organized and well-documented.
To dig deeper, read our complete guide to video content management systems.
Of course, once your video content is discovered, you want your viewers to have the best possible viewing experience. One often overlooked key to all this is video metadata.
Metadata is an all-important key to the organization, discoverability, and functionality of any media—especially video. It's also especially important when using a video content management system (CMS). Here, we’ll go over how to manage your video metadata.
Video metadata is data embedded in media files that provides information about the content contained within them.
There are three types of metadata in a typical video file:
Overall, metadata can be considered ancillary information that helps you organize and use video content effectively. The main content of a video file is the video itself. While no metadata is necessary for playback, metadata plays a vital role in organizing, using, and presenting video files.
Metadata is key to effectively using any media, and video metadata is no exception. This crucial data has several key functions.
Metadata not only aids in search engine optimization (SEO)―it makes it possible. Without metadata, videos wouldn’t be searchable at all. Search engines need text to identify content; without descriptive metadata, video content can’t be discovered by search engines.
Metadata is what makes a great viewing experience possible. The simplest example is titles. Imagine any online video player; if you mouse over it during playback, you’re likely to see the title somewhere on the screen. Descriptive metadata makes this possible.
Similarly, episodes and chapters are contained in structural metadata. That handy feature where streaming services track which episodes you’ve watched? That's metadata at work.
Metadata makes it possible for creators and streamers to organize and find content, and for software to categorize it. Video metadata is necessary for many of the functions we expect from streaming services. For example, without proper metadata, recommendation engines couldn’t do their job.
In general, metadata boosts discoverability and makes it easier to find stored content―and it's vital to building an audience and delivering a personalized viewing experience.
Metadata management is necessary, but rather than being difficult, it should be straightforward and customizable. With the right partner fueling your streaming service, video metadata management is easy.
To learn more about building and scaling your digital video strategy―including managing metadata―check out our free resource, Digital Video Infrastructure: The Complete Guide.