Video Bins

What is a video bin?

Video bin is a new feature that we added to Fast video cataloger 5.02. A video bin is a virtual video folder in your catalog. Just like a folder on your computer you can add videos to it and you can easily browse all videos in a bin.

And why would you want to use a video bin in Fast video cataloger?

We added bins to help with workflows and reduce the number of temporary tags. Our intention is that you should be able to use video bins for video favorite lists, for temporary storage when working with videos, as steps when you automate with scripts and more.

Many of these use cases could be solved before with special keywords. For example if you wanted to convert a number of videos you could add a keyword to all videos to be converted and then just remove that keyword when you converted the videos. Video bins is another, sometimes superior, way to do the same thing. In this example, create a folder “to be converted”, move all videos you want to convert to that bin.

What are the advantages of the bin workflow?

If you compare the above keyword workflow to the bin workflow the bin workflow has two advantages. First you do not clutter your keyword ist with temporary keywords, an uncluttered keyword lists makes it easier and faster to find the keywords you need ( remember that you can use color on keywords to make it even quicker to find the keyword you are looking for). The second advantage is that you can have the bin Window open at the same time as the video catalog. That way you can easily use search to filter video and just drag them over to the bin step by step.

Ok, how to I create video bins?

Open the Bins Window from the windows menu.

In the bins window there is a button at the upper right corner to manage your bins. Click this button to open up the bins dialog and from here you can create new bins. When you created the bin from the dialog you can close it.
Next, select the bin from the dropdown list in the bins window.
Now you have an active bin and can just drag videos from the video catalog window to the bins window. Select videos from the bins window by clicking on them and the rest works just like you would expect.

Extended Video Properties

In Fast Video Cataloger 5 you can now easily add your own custom properties though the Extended video properties feature. You access this new feature from the video details window.

We think the extended video property feature will be very useful in a number of common business settings. It allows you to use Fast video cataloger for solutions we didn’t knew about when we created the program.

Extended video properties is especially useful when you create custom solutions with Fast video cataloger. Using extended video properties together with scripting allows you to store per video data.

We recommend to use the default properties when they are available. Many things can be expressed with the default fields and keywords.

If you have not updated to the 5.x version of Fast video cataloger you can do so from the download page.

Video Keyword Manager

The video keyword manager is a new dialog that give you a number of functions that will save you time. We added this functionality in Fast Video Cataloger 5. If you have not updated to the 5.x version you can always get the latest version from http://videocataloger.com/download/. It is worth giving it a test as it can save you quite a lot of time when working with your videos. Here is a short video presenting the new video keyword manager.

If you have not already doing it… I highly recommend starting to use color for your keywords. Colors makes it much quicker to find the keyword you are looking for when you have a large video collection with lots of keywords.

Searching a shared video database over network

Are you looking for software to allow for multiple computers to search a video database over your network?

Fast video cataloger is the perfect solution if you are using Windows as operating system. You can download a free trial version of the software from this address: https://videocataloger.com/download/.

First make sure the software suits your need by testing it as a local program. The software works exactly the same in a network setup but testing a local installation is easier. If you are doing an evaluation I highly recommend doing the first step of that evaluation on a local setup as is gets you up and running in minutes.

Do you need to search a shared video database over a network?

Do you need multiple people writing to the catalog?

If you want multiple people writing to the database you need a server setup. Fast video cataloger is available both as a server version as well as a client only solution. Please contact us at support[at]videocataloger.com if you are interested in evaluating the server version. It is pretty easy to setup and we are happy to help you get started. Today we only provide the server version on direct request to make sure we can help everyone get it setup correctly. We do expect to open it up later as a public download once we have enough training material available.

Do you only need multiple people reading your video database?

We have written a whitepaper on how you can easily do this with the normal version of fast video cataloger. Download the whitepaper as well as the free evaluation software from https://videocataloger.com/download/

Video search layouts improved

Video search layouts and video companion images gets improvements

A new version of fast video cataloger is available today to download from videocataloger.com/download.

Fast video cataloger is the program that makes it easy for any small busniess to regain control and leverage their video content. Find what you are looking for faster and improve your video workflows.

In Version 4.42 we included the state of the search boxes in the layout. You can now setup exactly how you want them for each layout (Do not forget to save the layout once you have it configured). We have learned that there is two fundamental different ways of using the program. Some almost always use the scene search while other users mainly focus on the video search. Hopefully this new improvements to video layouts will make it even easier to customize the program to your prefered workflow.

Some customers have reported that the companion image function does not work as expected. We think we can trace this to corrupt meta data in jpeg files. In 4.42 we have better error handling to ignore this bad data and still load the image. Hopefully, this will sort your issues if you this you have had issues loading images in the
previous versions. If you are still having issues please contact support so we can get it sorted.

This update is free for all customers and if you have not tried to program yet you can get downlaod a free trial version from here.

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.