Video Bins

What is a video bin?

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.

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 usage scenarios 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 list with temporary keywords, and an uncluttered keyword lists makes it easier and faster to find the keywords you need. R remember that you can use color on your 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 videos, 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.

Video scripting in Fast video cataloger 5

Fast video cataloger 5 now supports video scripting in C#

I have created a new video that will help you get started with video scripting in Fast video cataloger 5.x. Use the scripting functionality to automate your common tasks in Fast video cataloger. Automating tasks will save you a huge amount of time and will let you avoid boring repetitive tasks. With scripting you can also extend the use of the program beyond what we initially designed it for. And, you can use Fast video cataloger as a powerfull tool when you need to create custom video solutions.

In the video you will learn how to run and edit a video script inside Fast Video Cataloger. You will also learn where to find the provided sample scripts and the documentation for the video scripting API. We provide a sample solution for Microsofts Visual studio. I will show you how to use the sample solution to develop video scripts and get help with the script API through intellisense and catch common errors by compiling scripts inside Visual studio before you run them inside Fast Video Cataloger.

Watch the video below to get a short step by step guide to help you get started. Then, make sure to download Fast video cataloger from our download page and try it for yourself. Video scripting is really not that hard once you get started and most users will see practical results just by tweaking the provided samples.