Custom video properties

Fast Video Cataloger 5 – with new extended video properties

The release of Fast video cataloger 5 is getting closer, and today I want to share one of our more frequently requested features. One that we have added to the next release of program: extended video properties.

But first a little detour. From time to time people request that we add new video genres to the program. I always tell them to skip genres and instead use the keyword function instead. Keywords is far more powerful and flexible, and there is no reason to use the genre.

But now we have a better solution – the ability to add your own editable genres. Just right click on them in the video details window. Even if you can now change the genres, I personally still hold to my old advice to prefer keywords! But you now choose the way you want to work.

But, we have also added something even more powerful to Fast Video Cataloger 5. You will be able to edit your own user video properties. We understand that there are people and companies that use the program for things we have not even considered. So we have made it possible for you to define your own video properties.

On the video details window there is now a new section with “Extended video properties” for your catalog.

Extended video properties - custom video properties from the video details window

Click the edit button to add your own custom properties to your catalog. If enough people use this, I am sure we are going to extend this feature even more in the future based on your and others feedback.

To go with this new feature we have also extended the search function. There is a new search block for extended video properties that can be combined with other search criteria.

Please give it a try and let us know if this is helpful or if there is something we could do to make this even more useful.

Colorful video keyword improvements

Video cataloger 5 lets you do video keywording in color.

Fast video cataloger 5 is not far from being released and it has lots of small and big improvements. Today I will share a bit about what we have improved with keywords, search and color. Update: Fast video cataloger 5 is now available for download.

Video Keyword Manager

Improvements to video keywording

Over the years we have had several requests where users wanted to remove keywords from their catalog.

Previous the only way to remove a keyword was to remove it from everywhere it was used. Only then was it possible to remove it from the catalog, and have it not listed in the suggested keywords.

In Fast Video Cataloger 5.0 we introduce a new keyword management dialog.

In the keyword management dialog you will be able to see statistics on how each of your keywords are used. You can rename a keyword in one place, and the change will be propagated to everywhere that keyword is used. This has been a common request from users who have discovered a misspelled keyword that’s been used on a lot of videos. Hopefully, this new feature will save time.

Another new feature in the keyword dialog will let you quickly remove a keyword from all videos where it is used. Just click a button, and the keyword will be removed from the entire database. But as always, don’t forget to make regular backups of your catalog from time to time. There is no way to get back keywords once they are deleted.

Finally, we added colors to keywords!

You can set the color yourself from the keyword dialog. Colors are available for all types of keywords; video keywords, scene keywords and actor keywords. The default colour for new keywords is “white” but you can easily change that.

Coloring keywords give you an additional dimension of organizing, and with some clever use you should be able to quickly find the keywords you are using the most. Hopefully, this addition will allow you to work even faster with your video collection.