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Special metadata fields in Elvis 5

Elvis 5 metadata fields explained

Many metadata fields exist in Elvis and many of them store very similar data. This can make it confusing sometimes to know exactly which field to use when searching for assets.

In this article we highlight some of these metadata fields.

Fields that store date and time information

The following are examples of metadata fields that store date or date/time information.

Name Description

Checked In

Internal name: assetFileModified

Date and time when the asset was checked-in or when the content of a Collection is changed.

Creation date

Internal name: created

The embedded date and time when the file was created (not available for all assets).

Example:  EXIF DateTimeOriginal: the date and time when a photo was taken as recorded by the camera with which the photo was taken.

Enterprise created

Internal name: sceCreated

The date when the asset was created in WoodWing Enterprise.

Enterprise modified

Internal name: sceModified

The date when the asset was modified in WoodWing Enterprise.

File Creation Date

Internal name: fileCreated

Date and time when the asset was created on the file system. It is only read when manually importing the asset and cannot be read through Java or the exiftool (perl). When empty, the value of File Modified Date (fileModified) is used.

File Modified Date

Internal name: fileModified

Date and time when the asset was modified on the file system.

Note: The usefulness of this field is questionable. For example if the asset was imported through the Web Service this will be the lastModified date of the temp file created for the Web Service attachment on the server, which is not a realistic time stamp.

Imported in Elvis

Internal name: assetCreated

Date and time when the asset was created in Elvis by importing it.

IPTC creation date

Internal name: iptcCreated

The embedded creation date read from IPTC or XMP-photoshop (not available for all assets).

Modified date

Internal name: modified

The embedded date when the asset was modified (not available for all assets).

Modified in Elvis

Internal name: assetModified

Date and time when the asset was changed in some way in Elvis.

XMP creation date

Internal name: xmpCreated

The embedded creation date read from XMP (not available in all assets).

Fields that store file location information

Various metadata fields store information about the location where an asset is stored in the folder structure of Elvis. Knowing how to use these fields is useful when searching, filtering or sorting assets.

This can best be shown by using an example. Consider the following path to an asset:

/Main Zone/sub folder A/sub folder B/someasset.txt

Name Description Result


Internal name: assetPath

Stores the full path to the asset: folders and file name. /Main Zone/sub folder A/sub folder B/someasset.txt

File name

Internal name: filename

Stores the full file name including the extension. someasset.txt


Internal name: name

The name of the asset.

For virtual assets such as a Collection, the extension is left out



Internal name: folderPath

Stores the folder part of the Path (assetPath) field, excluding the trailing slash and the file name. /Main Zone/sub folder A/sub folder B

Ancestor paths

Internal name: ancestorPaths

This special field stores all 'ancestor' folder paths of the full path. /Main Zone/sub folder A/sub folder B /Main Zone/sub folder A /Main Zone

Tokenized path

Internal name: assetPathTokenized

Stores the tokenized version of the full asset path. Main Zone sub folder A B someasset txt

Some useful search examples:

  • Search for all assets in folder /Main Zone/sub folder A, including assets in subfolders:

ancestorPaths:"/Main Zone/sub folder A"

  • Search for all asset in folder /Main Zone/sub folder A, excluding assets in subfolders:

folderPath:"/Main Zone/sub folder A"

Fields that store file type information

Name Description


Internal name: assetType

The extension of the file (.txt, .jpeg, .pdf and so on).

When the file extension is not mapped as an asset type, 'unknown' is used.


Internal name: extension

The actual extension of the file (txt, jpeg, pdf and so on)


Internal name: assetDomain

The 'kind' of file. Possible values:

  • audio
  • archive
  • container
  • document
  • image
  • layout
  • pdf
  • presentation
  • text
  • video
  • xml
  • generic

File type

Internal name: fileType

The file type as reported by the exiftool (JPEG, TXT, PDF and so on).

MIME type

Internal name: mimeType

The MIME type: a method of classifying file types. It consists of a type and a subtype, divided by a slash (image/jpeg, application/pdf, video/quicktime, application/msword and so on).
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