New version out now – Fast Video Cataloger 4.12

We just released version 4.1x of Fast video cataloger with the usual bug fixes and minor improvements.

However, in this update we managed to get in quite a few important, and we think, really exciting new features.

Export to csv files

If you for some reason want to do something in excel or some other external tool we now have the option to export videos and actors as csv files. The export function takes the currently filtered video collection so if you want to export your entire collection make sure you do not have any active filters.

Save video as a jpeg contact sheet image

Contact sheet images are great for overviews of a videos. It’s really the fundamental idea fast video cataloger is based around. In this version we added a new wizard to export the selected video as a jpeg contact sheet image. There are a lot of options and actually pretty entertaining to create the images so give it a try. The tool works with the already extracted images in your catalog so if you need more thumbnails add them to your catalog by re-indexing the video or add them with the “camera” icon or burst capture.

Import actors from a folder structure

If you store your videos in a folder structure based on key actors or if you have a folder structure with just actor data, this new tool should be really useful. The “import actors from folder wizard” scans a root folder that you pick for subfolders named as actors. In each subfolder it picks the first image as portrait. It also matches videos in the subfolders with videos in your catalog and set the actor as cast in these videos. We originally developed this tool to be able to help users that had problems with very large actor galleries and halfway through we noticed it was a really useful tool, we put in a wizard for usability and here it is. Do let us know what you think about it and if you miss anything, we always listen.

Easy Backup

Backup is easy to forget, now it’s a bit easier to remember. We added a menu item to enable easy backup of your catalog.  The backup is taken to the same device so I highly recommend that you make backups to other devices as well from time to time. Disk crashes do happen and from time to time we have people reporting that their database has been corrupted (if that is the case and you do not have a backup please contact support, we might be able to help reconstruct your catalog)

Improvements to the indexing engine

Some users have reported issues indexing some videos, issues we have had a hard time reproducing. The problem was rare but for the people who had the issues it was a big problem, probably because they had lots of videos created in the way that caused the problem.

With the assistance of helpful users that provided us with problematic videos we have finally been able to track down this problem and made some improvement to the indexing engine. The videos failed indexing in the program regardless of the codecs installed. Hopefully this problem has now been fixed in 4.1x. If you have trouble getting videos indexed, give this version a try, it should work.

A big and special Thank You! to everyone who send us problematic video files and helped us track down this issue.

More space for video content

Some people have complained that the title bar etc. are taking too much space from videos. We have done a pass on the user interface to get rid of unneeded elements and make more space for your videos. You will immediately notice that the title bar has disappeared. Other changes are that the filters in the actors can now be hidden (and there are more subtle tweaks).

Optimize database

We have added a new option to optimize your catalog and make it faster. You can access it from the repair menu. You probably won’t see a noticeable change on small catalogs with less than a 1000 videos. Before running the optimization do make a backup and be prepared for the process to take a pretty long time (hours for very large catalogs). Do not interrupt the process when it is running.

Preparation for Windows 10 anniversary update

Windows 10 anniversary update is just about to be released. We have tested this version on the preview of the update to make sure it works. We have also updated the program to use the latest version of the .net runtime. (For whoever interested, we use C# and .net for the GUI and C++ for the indexing and video player ).

And, we have a bunch of minor improvements and fixes too numerous to mention but here are a selected few. The companion images now has a right click file menu and you can select to view companions in an external image viewer, more info in the video detail window, filtering now works as expected when filtering with many actor tags, sound volume in the player is saved between runs, scene search filters works better with more keywords, delete key now works as shortcut to remove a thumbnail, title of the catalog and actor window now shows the number of displayed items and much more (check the detailed version history in the documentation for a complete list ).

We hope you will enjoy this version and get even more value from your videos.

Fast Video Cataloger 4

Today we released Fast Video Cataloger 4, as usual the update is free for customers.

Download it today and test out the new Auto indexing feature

Stability improvements

We have been hard at work to bring new features to you as well as improving a few old ones.
Some customers have reported challenges that we track back to video codecs. To address this in an easy way for you as a user, we have included a set of video codecs inside the Fast Video Cataloger software. This means there is always a working set of video codes for playing and indexing files as a fallback, if the ones on your PC does not work properly. It should give an even more stable experience when playing and indexing lots of video files. You find how to switch between different codecs under preferences/Video player.

Password protection and Auto indexing

Sometimes you need that simple password protection on catalogs so they are safe from curios eyes. I used this recently when I needed to turn my computer in for service. You find the password feature either at the creation of a new catalog or in the File menu in an old one
One of the most anticipated features has been the Auto indexing setting. Point to any folder on your disks to be watched by the program. When Fast Video Cataloger run it will identify new video files inside the folder to add to the catalog. This means you can have a Dropbox folder shared with others where you keep your videos.

Security by 256 bit aes encryption

When you need really tight security you can use the masking feature of Fast Video Cataloger 4. This heavy encryption is done on a video file level so even the video files and filenames on your hard disk is encrypted.
Be careful though. This is a full strength encryption 256 bit aes encryption and we do not have any backdoors. I.e. if you lose the encryption keys there is no way for us to help you get the video back, please use this feature with care!
With this feature comes the capability for Fast Video Cataloger to play video files downloaded with Videodownlodhelper. This is a popular Video download helper add-in for Chrome.

We are very pleased with the way Fast Video Cataloger 4 has turned out and hope that all of you great customers continue giving us feedback and support.

Download today and try out the new features

Why video search and video discovery is only half the truth

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Video overload

Videos are easy to produce via iphones, GoPros, Dropcams, HD DSLRs or any screen capture software. Information in video format is becoming as common as text to more and more people and it has just only begun. This video revolution creates a desperate need to handle videos smarter and creates opportunities for new companies alongside the giant youtube. One such area is Video Discovery as we see by Jinni, Popscreen and Reddit.tv. These are off course following in the wake of the gigant Youtube but they seem to address a real problem that people want solved.

Video search or video discovery

Video Discovery is usually defined as digging up entertaining videos online that you did not knew existed. It can be video discovery for linear TV, Video on demand, youtube videoclips, editorially or socially curated video feeds, etc. and differs from regular search for videos since you have no idea what you are looking for. I argue that the online video discovery is however only half the problem on videos and thus only half the solution.

Find the video in dont remember – Video rediscovery

The other half of Video Discovery is about your own videos. Finding the right video clip is really difficult when you have thousands of videos on your drives. Myself, I have the challenge of family videos dating back to 2004 that is ordered on dates. When I try to find a video I have a memory of I can choose between guessing until I find the video I am looking for or I use Fast Video Cataloger to find it in seconds. It becomes really clear when you dont know what you are looking for, that you need a great tool for family video discovery. video discovery is one of the new features in Fast Video Cataloger that I have used almost every day. I now enjoy the pleasure of getting entertained by my own family vacation videos that I have forgotten about. This video rediscovery topic is important and your own videos always outperform the new video of cute kittens in entertainment value.

Video player that helps you focus on work

The integrated video player helps you focus on your work. We want you to keep using your favourite player for watching movies and use our built in player while working. We have added cool new features like saving specific video frames as jpeg images and flexible playback speed. Video players and software appearance and layout generally improve with each new release and Fast Video Cataloger 3 is no exception.We welcome your suggestions. Let us hear from you.

Since it is unlikely that all video scene thumbnails are perfect representations for a scene immediately from the automated indexing process. You add new ones by clicking the capture icon. We have no limit to the amount of video scene thumbnails you can have and they are easy to remove so capture away. For perfectionists that want the exact right place in the video simply pause the video and then use slow play. We have also added burst capture as a way of collecting a dense series of scene thumbnails as a help around moments in a video that is very interesting.
Try out our new player inside Fast Video Cataloger 3, we are quite pleased with it and are keen on feedback.

Fast Video cataloger playing with lots of scenes

Fast Video cataloger playing with lots of scenes

We have also added burst capture as a way of collecting a dense series of scene thumbnails as a help around moments in a video that is very interesting.
Try out our new player inside Fast Video Cataloger 3, we are quite pleased with it and are keen on feedback.

Quick introduction to our new Fast Video Cataloger 3

Keywording in fast video cataloger 3

New look and feel in fast video cataloger 3

We have changed the visual look and feel with the arriving of Fast Video Cataloger 3 to make users of other professional video tools feel at home. I will walk you through the most important improvements in more details soon but first a quick introduction. The interface is still focused on giving all the freedom you need to create your own perfect workstation. In addition to supporting multiple monitors in a natural way, FVC 3 fit perfectly into your family of favorite video tools via the new possibility to add your own Actions and connect them to the other programs you are using. The visual overviews of videos and video scenes are now adopted to the feedback we have received from our Fast Video Cataloger users. We redesigned the player according to the new look and added tools to help in cataloging videos inside and outside of our tool.
We hope you will enjoy Fast Video Cataloger 3 as much as our beta testers have. We strive to help you work cleverly with video clip libraries whether it is your collection of POV Go Pro clips or your business real estate videos or something else entirely.

Try it out today, it just takes a few minutes to get started.
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