Tagging videos and video scenes with keywords is a powerful way to make your video collection more browsable and searchable. There are muliple ways of adding keywords and in this video we look at tagging video and scenes one at a time.
When you are working on adding keywords to your catalog I suggest you set up a layout that fit your need in your workflow. For the purpose of this video I use a simple setup with the Keywording window, the video player, the video catalog and the scenes window. It is very likely that a different setup fit your purpose better. Some customers working with educational videos use two screens and keep one for video scenes only and the other for keywording and video catalog.
The video is about a minute long so if you are not using keywords yet this is your chance to get started fast.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.