About tagging, metadata, and data streams:
- As a part of Easy Media Creator 8, the RoxWatch application stores "tags" (aka, "metadata" or "data streams") to your files helping organize them better for you. When a file is indexed, or tagged, by RoxWatch, it is stamped with a unique ID and becomes accessible/recognizable through Media Manager. Only media files which are indexed by RoxWatch will contain this information.
- RoxWatch updates the location of any moved files on your computer, thus eliminating errors of "missing files" in Roxio projects. Once the new the file is indexed by RoxWatch, your projects will automatically point to the new location of the files.
- The tag is only unique to YOUR computer and only useful on your computer. The same identification tag may exist on another customers computer for a different file.
- The tags can only exist on NTFS hard disk partitions and are NOT included if you e-mail a file or burn a CD/DVD of the file.
However, if trying to copy a file which contains a data stream to a non-NTFS drive or USB storage device such as a USB thumb/flash drive, you may receive the following error message:
Confirm Stream Loss
The file "filename.avi" has extra information attached to it that might be
lost if you continue copying. The contents of the file will not be
affected. Information that might be lost includes:
:Roxio: EMC Stream:$DATA
Do you want to proceed anyway?
Choose "Yes" and only the tagged data will be removed from the file(s) as it is copied since tagged information can only be stored on NTFS partitions.
To stop tagging your files, right-click on the RoxWatch or Media Manager Services icon in your system tray and choose "Stop Watching Folders". If you have hidden the system tray icon, you can access these options in the Media Manager application.
More information on tagging, alternate or multiple data streams is available here.