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.
I have just uploaded version 3.82 of Fast video cataloger.
You can download this version from the download page at http://videocataloger.com/download/
If you are a customer you should have already gotten an email earlier this week about the new version, a free update for all customers as usuall.
This upgrade, from the previous 3.64 release, contains a whole lot of changes behind the scenes. We have refactored the whole backend of the video catalog system in preparation for future planned features. We have also done an extensive pass on performance so more of the program is executed in parallell on multiple threads. If you have a good computer you should notice that the program is more responsive now, most systems should now be limited by disk I/O speed.
On to the details…
We have added a “connect” dialog that will allow you to connect to a Fast video cataloger server. Please note that this server is stil in beta testing and only available upon request.
We have fixed screen alignment issues in fullscreen mode on Windows 8.1 machines with high dpi screens.
We have added an option to let the program recognized any type as a video or photo files as specified in the preferences. Note that you obviously need to have the correct codecs installed that supports the file extension.
We have added a few more new recognized video file types; ts, tr, trp
Finally we made some small tweaks to the user interface. If you adjust the zoom factor it will snap to make sure you can easily use the full width of the window. I also added a subtle fade to the thumbnails and rewrote population of the thumbnail window image by image so we can display them quicker than before.
If you keep a digital video collection it might be nice to have covers images stored with your video files.
In Fast video cataloger ( http://videocataloger.com ) it is easy to add covers to a video. You simply drag imagefile to the upper part of the companion image window. You can also let the program detect covers automatically when a video file is added to your catalog.
But where to you find the covers in the first place?
Freecovers.net is a website dedicated to cover art and graphics, whether that be audio, film or
game based. It does require you to register to be able to download. You can download the covers
for free but to get the full resolution cover images you need to pay a yearly membership free,
Is a movie poster site. You can download covers for free and there is non registration required.
The posters are fairly low resolution.
Blue video covers. Image by brett jordan
Is a french cover site. But even if you don’t understand the language it is pretty easy to
navigate if you know what you are looking for. No registration is required to download.
The internet movie database might not be a straight cover web site but it still a really great site for finding movie art.
This site claims to be the worlds largest cover image site, lots and lots of dvd covers. And most seem to be user provided so the quality is mixed. No registration is required.
And finally http://www.seekacover.com/ is another Cd and DVD cover site that does not require any registration.
Working with video doesn’t have to be slow, painful or frustrating. Irrespective of which video software you choose to work with, there are steps you can take to make the process quicker and easier.
1. Always use Fast video cataloger to find (and move) video files you care about
Move video files by dragging them from the video catalog to the folder where you want to store the file. When moving files from inside Fast video cataloger your catalog will always be consistent with your file system.
2. Create a dedicated file organizing layout
Fast video cataloger has support for multiple layouts and you can quickly switch between them from the windows/layout menu or shortcut keys (F5-f12). When working with video files you typically want other windows open than when you are searching and browsing your video catalog. To use a new layout first select the layout, arrange the windows as you like them and select “Save current layouts”. Layouts will be saved across program runs.
3. Use the autotag feature
When a file is moved by drag n drop from the catalog view, an autotag can applied to the video. In preferences (on the File Organizer tab) you can set the autotag text and you can also decide to hide all videos that has been autotagged. Hiding is useful when sorting a large list of videos in your catalog and want to go through each and every one of them. In this case, when every video has been moved the list will be empty.
4. Move companion files with videos
Companion files are supporting files in the same folder as a video. A typical example of a companion file is a video cover image. When you drag a video from the catalog list to a new folder the companion files can follow automatically. In preferences check the “move companion image” option on the “file organizer” tab. You can also specify a file pattern for what files be moved with the video file.
5. Sync to folder
In preferences there is an option called “Autosync to videofolder”. When this option is checked the folder window will automatically switch folder when you select a video in the catalog to the folder of the selected video. This is really useful when, for example, adding companion files from video folders. Note, however, that the program can add the companion files automatically during indexing if that option is checked.
6. Switch to Thumbnail view
The file pane in the file organizer can display files in different views just like windows explorer. Right click on an empty part of the file window and change the view from the view menu.
7. Hide File organizer when not needed
If you are not working with organizing files or similar, hiding the file organizer will improve performance. When the file organizer window is accessing your computers hard drive to present lists of files it can slow down the program, especially in thumbnail mode if the thumbs needs to be generated. If the file organizer is hidden there will be no performance issue.
8. Archive videos you seldom need
Use the archive function to archive videos you seldom view to external disk. Label the external archive media with the archive tool and put a sticker on it with that label. Now it will be easy to know what files are on which device. You can now browse your full collection and when playing you just load the right external media to enjoy the old videos.
9. Use your favorite video tool in combination with Fast with Cataloger
Want to run a video tool on a video file? Create a custom action from the action tab in preferences.
10. Rename files from the video catalog
You can rename video files directly from the catalog list. Simply click on the name to change the title of the video. The video file name will automatically be renamed to match the new name of the video.