Fast Video Cataloger is an extremely easy program to use, the interface is very simple. You may need to get things done much faster than simple clicks will allow. That’s why Fast Video Cataloger uses keyboard shortcuts to aid in ease of use and makes your experience as fast and efficient as possible. Using these shortcuts will make your life a whole lot easier.
Ctrl+N Will allow you to create a new video catalog so you can sort and organize your collection inside Fast Video Catalog much easier.
Ctrl+O lets you browse your existing catalogs and then select which one to open. This option opens the dialogue from the drop down menu.
Ctrl+P opens up the preferences menu where all the options for Fast Video Catalog are. These allow you to tailor your experience to your needs and make the program work for you.
CTRL+Q will create a new actor. Actors allow a new way to tag your videos so you can find the one you want even faster.
F1 will open the help menu. This has tons of information about what features are available in Fast Video Cataloger and how to use them properly.
Ctrl+F will bring up the filter options. These will filter your browser windows by whatever filter you select. You can filter by file size, video length, and actor or even by name.
ALT+DELETE will stop whatever video is currently playing in its entirety, bringing you back to the video browser.
ALT+SPACE merely pauses whatever video you are watching, rather than stop it, so that it may be resumed at that same spot whenever you would like.
Ctrl+S in order to save whatever current video frame is playing to your library of thumbnails so you can more easily find that part later.
ALT+ENTER will make whatever you are looking at in Fast Video Catalog enter full screen mode. Be it a video or just the browser. You can exit full screen mode by hitting the escape key.
Hotkeys are universally useful and learning them is just the first part of using your programs more efficiently, especially Fast Video Cataloger. Once you get used to using them you’ll find your computer experience and your video experience to be much better.
If you are not as organized as you would like to be and you feel like you are sorting through a mine field, don’t worry about it because your search has just gotten a lot easier with the filter tool. Once your video collection gets to be so large that it becomes hard to find particular clips you will still be able to find them easily by using the filter option. You can filter by content, keyword, cast, or archive. If you have been naming and categorizing as you go this will be a breeze. If you are not sure what you named a video don’t worry about it because you can use the other filters or do a more detailed filter to find your video.
In your Video Catalog window you will see a filter dropdown menu or a filter button, which looks like the filter you use to put oil in your car. By clicking on the dropdown menu you can choose what you want to filter by and it will pop up the “filter” window. If you chose the wrong specifications don’t worry you can pick from the tabs at the top of the window which way you would like to filter your videos. If you click on the filter picture button the same window will appear for you to choose your preference. Use whichever way works best for you.
When you are filtering on content you have the option to filter by title, description, links, file paths, genre, and/or rating. This is very convenient for you because you have so many options to choose from in filtering a video if you are not sure of the name. The next tab to the right would be your keyword filter. You can add and remove keywords for your filter here. If you have created a cast you can also filter by cast and actors. You can also filter your archived videos by clicking on the archive tab or in the dropdown menu select “Filter on Archive”
You have several filters available for you to sort through your videos easily. The filters makes this process very smooth and Fast Video Cataloger understands that when you are working with videos or clips of videos and images that the more time you save the more time you can be putting into something productive. We are here to help you save time and energy and the filtering option does just that.
You can manage details on your videos by opening up the video details window, to do this click on “Window” Select “Selected Video” and then choose “Video Details.” Within this window you can name your video. The time your video is added to your collection is automatically time stamped when you upload the video. Add a description, genre and rating. If there is a link, for example if you have a comedy clip collection live on YouTube, add the link and the location will be auto-populated for you. Obviously your videos have a lot more details than that, but these are basic details that will allow you to do good filtering later on when experiencing and browsing your collection.
You can add details in almost every window. You can add details when you add actors or edit the details from the actor’s window by adding tags to your actor portrait. When you create your actor if you fill it in with all the details that are necessary and something changes you can easily go to the cast window and edit your actor information.
In general when you open windows the tabs will appear on the side, top, or bottom of the full window. The tabs that appear on the side is where your details are located. These are: Video details, keywords, actions, and cast. All four of these windows will contain details of your video. When you click on the tab the window will appear and you fill in the details as you see fit.
A video clip collection without any details will be hard to manage. As you add actors and companion images make sure you fill in the details add keywords that are pertinent and unique to that video. When you add an actor to the cast be sure to tag them with a unique ID, this way when you are doing your filtering of your videos it will be so much easier. With your video catalog in order you can have all video clips of humorous fail clips with women and smiling kittens showing in a few seconds instead of hours.
Funny clips or travel videos
In general the default settings for indexing video files will fit most people’s style; however everybody has a different task in mind, so the default settings may not suite you. For example one setup for short and funny clips on dogs and another for beautiful video clips on your wife. Fast Video Cataloger comes with a tool where you can set or change your preferences to your liking.
Simply go to “File” and select Preferences or if you prefer you can click on Control and P (CTRL+P) at the same time. Once you have done this your preference window will be opened and you can redirect to an external video player, or an external video editor, this means you do not have to use the video player embedded in the Fast Video Cataloger if you have a player that you are accustomed to using. You can change your video indexer, meaning the amount of time it takes to capture frames and how many frames you want to capture. You may also resize your frame to be however big or small you wish. You have the ability to change your preferences of how your video plays, how long it takes to start, which external video player you would like to use, if you want it to start with thumb-play, and more.
How you would like your files auto-tagged, and what file extensions you want to use for your companion filters, as well as file thumbnail size. Your companion image preferences can be changed in this window as well. This is where you tell the program whether you want to view it as a slideshow, how many seconds between slides and what to name your cover. These are main examples of what you can change via the preferences window. There are other things you will be able to do there.
Your preferences can always be changed, experiment with them to see how you would like things to work. You are in control here and by changing your preferences to have the Fast Video Cataloger run the way you desire for a particular task is the best way to go. Preferences are just that, what different people prefer always varies dramatically and this is why we give you so many choices. If you would like us to add more choices please contact me and share your idea.
Some people seem to think that once they archive old video files, they can no longer access them. This is not the case with Fast Video Cataloger’s archive system. Video clips that are archived aren’t deleted, so you can still search for them within your Video Cataloger. They are marked archived, so you know that you have archived them, but they are still fully accessible.
The Fast Video Cataloger Wizard
Fast Video Cataloger has an archive wizard that will help you archive your videos quickly and efficiently. Doing so the right way means that you will find them more easily in the future. If you archive your videos from the beginning, your video library will never get overwhelming, and you will always be able to find what you are looking for without wasting precious time. When you are working on a project that contains several different videos, archiving them will soon prove to be incredibly useful. Fast Video Cataloger is here to help you keep track of your projects and your videos, keeping you organized and making your job so much easier.
Archiving videos and video files is quite simple using the archive wizard. The best part is that you can archive your videos to any backup device – from a USB to a DVD. Archiving your videos not only saves you space, but also protects you from losing your videos if anything happens to your computer. If you happen to archive your videos within your computer’s hard drive, make sure you are doing routine backups for your computer so you don’t lose anything in the future.
When you have a group of videos you are ready to archive, or even one video, you want to start with the archive wizard. Simply name the videos, and pick your archive root. After you click “OK” your videos will pop up on a screen, and you will select the videos that you wish to archive. Once you select your videos click on “Next” and follow the programs instructions. The instructions are pretty self-explanatory. Remember to uncheck any files you do not wish to archive.
The importance of a good felt-tip pen
When you have finished archiving your videos, remember that you will still be able to find them within the Fast Video Cataloger. Whatever storage device you chose to use for the archive should be physically labeled, so you can find the correct video in the future if you need it. If you don’t archive. you could potentially lose all your videos if your hard drive happens to crash or if you get a virus or ransomware on your computer. So please take a few minutes to archive what you have so you can preserve it forever.