webm video files are recognized as standard video files
We have today released Fast video cataloger 6.02 with webm supported as a standard video file format. In the past it was possible to add webm either by adding the file specifially or setting webm as a custom video format in preferences. You can always do it that way with rare video formats. Fast video cataloger supports directshow filters so it supports rare formats and formats we have never even tested or are aware of as long as there is a directshow filter. Webm is becomming more common so we added it to the list of default extensions. When you add a folder it will treat your webm files just like it does with all other video files.
Docking framework updated
We have updated the docking framework that lets you configure your user interface across one or more displays. The update fixes a number of probolems where docking in some configurations did not work as expected. Remember that you can always reset your layout to the default if you want to start over with your layout. And if you are not using layouts you really should try it now.
Shortcuts to custom actions
You can now assign shortcuts to custom actions. You can, as before, crete custom action to launch external tools, access web resources or run custom scripts. By using custom actions you can integrate Fast video cataloger with your other software and workflows.
Imporved capture of wmv files
We have improved capture of wmv files. When you captured some type of bad wmv files the program could timeout when the video files were read from slow devices or over network.
I am very happy to be let you know that we have just released Fast video cataloger 6 with lots of changes and improvements. To make sure everyone gets a chance to test it out we have reset all trial periods. If you tried an earlier version you can still give this one a test.
Video Metadata extraction
We have added the option to automatically extract metadata from video files. On the video index screen, you can now decide if you want to extract metadata from nfo files and/or from inside videos. Extracted metadata will be stored as extended properties and you view them in the video detail window. The new ctrl+I search function will match against extended properties as well allowing you to include codecs, video resolution and more in your searches.
Options to extract video metadata from video file file or nfo
view extracted video meta data in the general view
Video Search improvements
The search video functions have gotten a new interactive search field (search all). This search field allows you to quickly match a number of the different fields for your search terms. Each term is matched against name, path, description, keywords and custom video properties. If you enter more than one search terms each term needs to match the video but it does not need to match the same property. This is a very powerful feature that will help you to quickly filter down to a few videos in large collections. For example, if you would search for “c:\ brother” the search would match all videos with the keyword “brother” with a path starting with “c:\”. But it would not match videos in other folders or videos in the c:\ folder that don’t have the “brother” keyword. I hope you see how this can be very powerful. We also added a special shortcut “Ctrl + i” that will toggle this search text field up in the top window bar regardless of what windows you have open.
User interface improvements
When you install this version the first thing you will notice is that we have made quite a huge change to the user interface. No need to worry, you can still configure your user interface across one or more screens just as before. The changes are designed to make the program easier to understand for new users and more efficient for experts. The interface now works a bit more like how it’s done in Microsoft’s office software.
There is a start page, “catalog”, where you do things like open catalogs, import/export catalogs, archive catalogs, repair, backup and protect catalogs and so on. These are all very powerful functions that are done on the complete catalog but rarely and this is where you switch between catalogs. By moving these functions to the catalog screen we get rid of quite a few items from the menus which makes them simpler. We also moved to task menus instead of drop-down menus. This has allowed us to save some space and leave more area for the windows. It also lets you quickly toggle windows to configure your layouts and switch between them.
changed user interface in fast video cataloger 6
We have changed how the default layouts work. The named layouts now have been setup so that their name makes sense. i.e. the add videos layouts by default only have the windows you need to add videos. If you reset that layout it will return to these windows while before it returned to the standard layout. You can still change all of the layouts to your liking and quickly switch between them.
We added the ability to change the default shortcuts in the program. You can access this window from the “Catalog” screen.
The scripting interface has been extended with functions to mask and unmask videos.
Special folders can be accessed from preferences and allow you to set labels to root paths that will be used in the catalog. If you then change the root of videos, say from one drive to another, you can simply just update the special folder label.
The license system has been updated, unfortunately, you will need a new key for this version. If it is less than 2 years since you bought Fast video cataloger you are entitled to a free upgrade. If you have already gotten a new key please contact support and we will work that out for you..
We will eventually provide an affordable solution for customers who is running very old solutions from more than 2 years back. Just contact us if you are in a hurry to get the latest version.
Give it a try
You can download the latest version of Fast video cataloger 6 from here. In this version, we also reset the trial license so even if you have tested the program before you get a new trial period, and we have extended the trial from 7 to 30 days.
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.
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.
The latest version of Fast video cataloger is now available for download from the download page.
Tagging videos and video scenes with keywords is a powerful way to make your video collection more browsable and searchable. There are muliple ways of adding keywords and in this video we look at tagging video and scenes one at a time.
When you are working on adding keywords to your catalog I suggest you set up a layout that fit your need in your workflow. For the purpose of this video I use a simple setup with the Keywording window, the video player, the video catalog and the scenes window. It is very likely that a different setup fit your purpose better. Some customers working with educational videos use two screens and keep one for video scenes only and the other for keywording and video catalog.
The video is about a minute long so if you are not using keywords yet this is your chance to get started fast.
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.
In Fast Video Cataloger 5 you can now easily add your own custom properties though the Extended video properties feature. You access this new feature from the video details window.
We think the extended video property feature will be very useful in a number of common business settings. It allows you to use Fast video cataloger for solutions we didn’t knew about when we created the program.
Extended video properties is especially useful when you create custom solutions with Fast video cataloger. Using extended video properties together with scripting allows you to store per video data.
We recommend to use the default properties when they are available. Many things can be expressed with the default fields and keywords.
If you have not updated to the 5.x version of Fast video cataloger you can do so from the download page.