Fast video cataloger (https://videocataloger.com) lets you build a quick and searchable database out of video metadata. The video database allows you to get a quick overview of lots of videos without the need to have the actual large video files available. It also lets you quickly search and browse for videos in your database. You can download the software from here; https://videocataloger.com/download/.
Adding video and extracting metadata
When you add a list of videos to fast video cataloger it will get metadata for the videos in a number of ways.
First, you have the option to add your own metadata. Enter any keywords, actors or other metadata in the “add video” window. Entering it here allows you to easily set shared metadata to a number of files. You can add more metadata later if you want to but this is a quick way to add the info you might already know about a batch of videos you are adding to your video catalog.
When you start adding the videos Fast video cataloger will automatically scan through the video and extract thumbnails and store them in with your video catalog.
After scanning your video for thumbnails the program will search for an nfo file. If it finds an nfo file, it will read it and add the video metadata to your catalog. nfo files are expected to have the same name as the video file but with the .nfo extension.
Fast video cataloger will also scan the video folder for cover art and companion images based on the setting in preferences.
What is an Nfo file?
An nfo file is a plain text file. The metadata in the nfo file is stored as xml data. You can easily view the content in any plain text editor like notepad. In windows, nfo files are normally associated with system information. Therefore if you double-click an nfo file you will open the wrong program, right click and select open with and choose notepad.
What video metadata is read from an nfo files?
nfo files can contain a whole lot of different metadata. Fast video cataloger scans the nfo file for a description of the video which is used for video description, keywords that will be used to tag the videos and links to be stored in as a video link.
How to get nfo files?
Nfo files can be generated from a number of different programs like Kodi home theater, Plex Media Server and many more. If you are moving from any of these popular programs or are using them together with fast video cataloger you can easily export nfo file and get your video metadata into fast video cataloger.
Where does fast video cataloger store video metadata?
Fast video cataloger always stores its metadata in the catalog database file. I.e. it never stores video metadata in the video file. The reason is speed and the fact that there is no standard for how to store metadata in video files. Some file formats do not allow it, some do, and it all depends on the video file container. Another good reason to not store the metadata in the video file is that it might already contain metadata that you do not want to overwrite.
Here are some of the improvements in this version of the software
Generally improved performance
We have done yet another performance pass on the program and tuned the thread usage. We have ensured we use high-performance async-io where possible. Memory usage has been tuned and much more. Hopefully, you will see better performance when running the software.
Improved support for video catalogs on network devices
Fast video cataloger has always supported video catalogs on network devices like windows share and USB drives. We do recommend you keep the actual catalog local for speed reasons but it will work even if it is stored remotely.
If you have catalogs with lots of extra data like companion images the parallel nature of fast video cataloger could cause some slow devices to be overloaded and with some drivers, the device could get disconnected. In this new version, we have tuned the load on the network devices to make sure it is both faster and puts less load on the device. And, with some luck, it should reduce these types of problems.
Reading more video metadata from “.nfo” files
When you add a video to your catalog the program will also try to read video metadata from a “.nfo” file if there is one. “.nfo” files can be generated from a number of different software and we read in tags, links and video descriptions from the file. In this version, we also added as a way to provide a link to a video.
Better folder selection
We previously added support for a better folder selection dialog. This one allows you to enter a direct link which can be very helpful when dealing with network devices. We have made sure all folder selection dialogs in the program use this new type of control.
You can select multiple videos in fast video cataloger by using the ctrl and shift key. With multiple selections, it is easy to clean up a catalog or add keywords to groups of videos. We have improved on what video of the multiple selected videos gets to show thumbnails in the thumbnail window.
… and some general improvements and bug fixes like fixing so you can drop an image on the cover window to set it as a cover for a video, word wrapping on the video description field, improved image quality on companion image thumbnails and more.
I am very happy to let you know that Fast video cataloger 5.21 is now available for download from the download page.
New windows for your layouts
In this version, we have added two new windows that you can use in your layouts. The video companion image browser windows show thumbnails of all companion images for the selected video and it does it pretty fast. You can multi-select videos and remove companions you do not want in your collection. If you hold shift when removing a companion image you will remove that companion image from all videos in your catalog that has it. This new window will hopefully make it much easier to clean up and use video companion images.
The other window we added is basically an image viewer. The preview image displays the currently selected companion image and you can zoom with the mouse wheel. combined with the companion image browser you can now setup a layout where you use Fast video cataloger as an image browser for the companion images you have added.
Improved video scripting
We have improved the scripting support. It is now possible to force a refresh of the user interface so that is updated after a script has done changes to the catalog. We also added scripting support for video indexing. The documentation has been updated to cover the new interfaces and we have added a few more example scripts.
Improved video speed
We have continued to work on performance. We have improved the garbage collection and thread usage in the program. Improvement is most noticeable in the startup of the program and when working with lots of companion images
New add video folder dialog
The dialog for adding folders has been updated so that you can enter a path in the dialog. This is especially useful when working with remote network devices.
All external components have been updated fixing a number of bugs. New shortcuts added, for example, use Ctrl and (+/-) to zoom thumbnails. Added new option to skip small videos from indexing, these small videos are typically broken files that can not be played anyway. Download the new version and try it yourself, https://videocataloger.com/download.
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.
And 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 use cases 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 ist with temporary keywords, an uncluttered keyword lists makes it easier and faster to find the keywords you need ( remember that you can use color on 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 video 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.
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.