Improved performance in Fast Video Cataloger 5.23

Today we release Fast video cataloger 5.23 and you can get it from the fast video cataloger download page.

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.

Better multi-video-selection

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.

New video companion image preview and browser window added to Fast video cataloger 5.21

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.

And more…

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,


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.

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.

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.