How to instantly find your best video moments

Today I want to show you how to find those special video moments instantly using Fast Video Cataloger!

But, first some background…

By annotating your catalog with keyword tags, or as it is called in the Fast video cataloger program, keywording, you make the search process more powerful. Remember the search, browse and find method ( )?

Setting keyword tags to a video or to a specific time in the video

Search results on scenes


In Fast video cataloger you can set keyword tags to a video or to a specific time in the video, which we call a Scene. When you set keywords to a video none of the individual scenes in that video is tagged, more on that later.

Remember to set default keywords to videos when you add them to your catalog. You can always apply keywords to already added videos but the habit of setting default keywords when videos are added is a big time saver.

Keywording videos

Keywording in Fast video cataloger is carried out from the keywording tab.

Set the radio button to “Tag Video” when a Keyword applies to one or more videos, for example videos from a safari or from a whole season of a serie. Then select the files you want to tag from the Video Catalog window. You select multiple videos in this list by holding down Shift or Ctrl while selecting. All videos selected, marked with green, will get the keyword you enter in the keywording tab.
The keywords you have used before will appear in the suggestion list

Keywords you have used before will appear in the suggestion list, you can click on the words in this list instead of typing them in.

Click the filter button to open the advanced filter dialog window and then the Filter on Keywords tab. When you filter on keywords, the video catalog window display the videos that are tagged with at least one of your selected keywords.

Keywording video scenes 

To set a keyword to a specific scene in a video, click the radio button “Tag selected scenes”. Click the scene thumbnail(s) you want to keyword. Multi select scenes by holding down Ctrl or Shift when you click on scene thumbnails. If you just want to select a scene thumbnail hold down the Ctrl key and the video will not start playing, which otherwise is the standard behavior for clicks on video scenes. Next, type or select your keyword for the scene and press Enter.

Video scene thumbnails with keywords are rendered in a different tint on the thumbnail text overlay. When you hover your mouse pointer above the overlay you see the keywords for that scene.

The “scene search” tab lets you search for scenes in a very smooth manner. Type the keyword and press enter to search for the scenes or simply choose from the suggestions.

Scene search is one of the features in Fast video cataloger I like the most!

You will get the result of the scene search in the “scene search” window. Your result may contain scenes from any number of videos. You can play any of the different videos from the scene time by clicking on the video scene thumbnail. Scene search is really great for finding those special moments!

To open the whole video with the scene you right click a thumbnail and select “go to video”.


How to organize video files in three steps – search, browse & find

I’ll show you the three steps to find a video clip in a large video file collection, and the easiest way to organize your video files. Quickly and without pain!

Fast video cataloger is the perfect tool for the job, it will help you find videos quicker than ever before.

Fast video cataloger was created around the idea of using a combination of searching and visual browsing to find videos.

Why? Because the human vision system has evolved to excel at recognizing patterns. In fact humans are generally better at this than modern computers. Given that we are so good at this, you might assume it is a pretty good idea to use your eyes to find videos. And you would be right!

Browse through a large number of videos in seconds - the easy and natural way to organize your files and collections

Browse through multiple videos in seconds

The search, browse and find method employed in Fast video cataloger is really simple and consists of three basic steps.

  1. Search. Use a search criteria (for example a keyword search) to filter out a manageable subset of videos from your entire catalog.
  2. Browse. Look at the Image that represents the videos in the program to further narrow down your search
  3. Find. Click on videos that might be what you are looking for. You will get a thumbnail timeline of the whole video. If this was not the video you were looking for, repeat the previous step.

Using this simple process you can easily manage a collection of thousands of videos. Use this technique to for example quickly find reference materials.

Try it yourself and see how well it works.

The Search step (1) in Fast video cataloger is carried out by clicking the “Filter” icon. You can search on keywords, part of a path, actors, and much more. When you are adding videos to your catalog remember to set basic keywords in the add videos tab.

The Browse step (2) is carried out by browsing the videos images. In Fast video cataloger each video has one image that represents the whole video. This is automatically set to the first automatically captured thumbnail in the video when it is added. But, you can and should change the thumbnail later if the first is not a good representation. To change video image simply Right-click any thumbnail and select “use as video thumbnail”. You can even set the video image to be the cover image of the video. When you view the video list, you can do it in list mode or icon mode. In icon mode only the video images are displayed, this helps you to fit more videos on the screen at the same time. If you are using the list view, remember that you can change the width of any column, including the video image.

The Find step (3) is helped by the fact that Fast video cataloger automatically extract thumbnails when a video is added to the catalog to create a timeline. You can easily refine the thumbnail list. Remove thumbnails that don’t make sense and add new ones from the video player by clicking the camera icon. You can also use the “burst capture” mode to add a bunch of closely spaced thumbnails for a shorter slice of the video, just right click on a thumbnail and select “burst capture”.

As you play with your video collection it is easy to add more keywords and refine the thumbnails. This will make this process even better as your collection matures.