Fast Video Cataloger 8.4 finally released

Today (3/9-2022), we are happy to announce that Fast video cataloger 8.4 is available for download.

Download from our website or by clicking update in the installed software.

Parent Keywords

Keywords can now be set up to have parent keywords. This allows you to tag and search faster.

For example, you can create an “animal” parent keyword, and create a keyword “parrot” with the parent “animal.” Tag a “parrot” video with the “parrot” keyword and also get that result when searching for “animal”.

Add folder filters

We improved the filter when adding videos to make it easier to exclude videos when adding videos in a folder. This should help when you have temporary videos mixed with “good” videos.

Scene search

Better video scene search results. Scene search results can now be presented and organized by video.

File organizer

We made several improvements to the file organizer as well as bug fixes. Preview videos not in your catalog and quickly add the videos you want to be included.

And much more.. full revision history in the included documentation.

Update (11/9-2022), release a minor bug fix update with fixes to reported issues.
Update (17/9-2022), release a minor bug fix update search issues, 8.4.0.2 is now the latest version
Update (24/9-2022), release a minor update:

    Preferences now has a reset button to restore settings to default settings.
    Video player handles videos without audio better. Some videos without audio that did not play in earlier versions should work now.
    Keywording panel shows used keywords in this session separately.
    Added shortcut to toggle scene keyword.
    Added info of number of broken video in the repair broken video links dialog
    Added Name column in the repair broken video links dialog
    Added context menu to copy path of broken video to clipboard

Fast Video Cataloger 8.3 is now available for download

Update by clicking Update in the software or visit https://videocataloger.com/download if you are new to the software.

Video File Organizer

New in this version is a complete rewrite of the integrated file organizer. It still looks very similar to the windows file organizer, but the integrated organizer ensures that your catalog is automatically updated as you work with your video files. It now also makes it easy to play videos, not in your catalog and then add them with the click of a button.

video file organizer

SmartBins

The new SmartBins feature helps you organize videos automatically into bins from a set search query. The bins get updated as you add videos to your catalog. A SmartBin could, for example, use XMP data to sort all new videos from a specific video camera into a bin.

video smart bin

XMP Extended properties

We have improved the support for Extended properties, including XMP video data. Extended properties are now sorted into folders that help if you have many properties. In the search window we also list all the possible values an extended property has in the catalog.

xmp video search

These are the big improvements, but there are a lot and lots of other minor improvements and bug fixes. Check the documentation for the complete list.

Managing videos for DaVinci Resolve

Managing videos for DaVinci Resolve with Fast video cataloger

Introduction

DaVinci Resolve is probably the best professional video editing software currently available, developed by Blackmagic design for professional movie and tv editing. In addition to the software, Blackmagic design also offers a wide range of professional hardware.
Recently, Blackmagic released a free version of their software that includes just about everything a regular user would need for video editing. It has much more functionality than you would find in other free alternatives at professional quality. There is quite a steep learning curve and a pretty high demand for your computer hardware. But if you have the hardware and are serious about video editing, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Video editing software DaVinci Resolve

Fast video cataloger is a video file manager, a local content management system for all your video files. It is the perfect complement to your favorite video editing software.

 

Managing videos in Davinci resolve

DaVinci Resolve has decent support for managing video from the media pool page. But it is best to keep the media pools for clips you know you want to use in the video you are editing. A less cluttered workspace will allow you to work more efficiently.

Managing videos in Fast video cataloger

Fast video cataloger is made for searching, browsing, and finding videos. It is kind of like dedicated software for your media pool. You get a good overview right away when you click on a video, even if it is not accessible and is much faster than Resolve.

Fast video cataloger keeps a meta-database about all videos ( all in one single vcat file). That metadata includes the thumbnails you need to get an instant overview of the entire video, as well as all metadata you might need for finding videos with searches.

Since the metadata is separate from the video, the program can instantly give you an overview of the view without accessing the video file. Not only is this faster than doing the heavy job of decoding and seeking in video files, but it also allows the program to give results without having to spin up or connect external drives.

To finish a project, add the final render to Fast video cataloger, and you will always have access to your previous work portfolio.

In addition to your previous work, you can index all your stock videos, reference videos, b-rolls, and source material.

You can also arrange your video library into bins and playlists.

That way, you can easily do a rough first search and browse for the material you might want to use in production and then put potentially interesting videos in bins.

You can also create playlists, clips, or segments from clips to play in sequence right inside of Fast video cataloger. You have a rough preview without actual editing, but it allows you an easy way to try ideas and do the first pass without even bringing in the videos to Davinci for actual editing.

Fast overview of the entire clip in 1 second

Bringing videos to Resolve

The easiest way to bring a video over from Fast video cataloger to DaVinci Resolve is to drag n drop the video from the FVC video list to DaVinci Resolve.
You can also drag directly from your Bins or export Playlists and then import them in Resolve.

resolve cut page

Editing on the cut page with Resolve

Things to be aware of

Fast video cataloger handles many more video formats than Davinci Resolve, especially for older video formats. If this is the case, you will need to convert the videos before bringing them into Resolve.

 

Resources

DaVinci Resolve software download
DaVinci Resolve training videos
How to import a video playlist to DaVinci Resolve
Fast Video Cataloger download