Thumbnails that auto fit to windows size for easy browsing

We changed the default way thumbnails are scaled. Don’t worry; you can still switch to explicit scaling as in the earlier versions with a simple check-in box.

The why and what on autofit of thumbnails?

We had a bunch of similar feature requests from several users explaining a challenge in their everyday use of Fast Video Cataloger and it goes something like this. Sometimes or quite often when browsing your video catalog you need to look through the inside multiple video clips in a fast manner. This can be time-consuming, depending on your setup of monitors, layout, and video catalog structure, as you might find yourself scrolling a lot in the Video scenes window to make sure you cover everything in all your videos. Since this is a hinder that slows down a common use case we wanted to find a way to speed it up.

The idea of the Fit feature for thumbnails in Fast Video Cataloger 8.1 is to make this as easy as possible. You can switch it on by checking the Fit feature, situated to the far right, in the View menu.

When the Fit is checked the program will do its best to fit all of the thumbnails for the selected video in your window. The goal is to do so without you needing to scroll at all making a browse through of videos much faster. It comes in very handy when you are working on larger screens or multiple screens.

To help the program to fit the thumbnails in the best way for you we have added a setting in the new Interface tab in Preferences(ctrl+p). You can decide between which scaling you allow the Fit feature to function by using the Min scale(20%,25%,50%,75%,100%) and Max scale (100%, 125%, 150%, 175%, 200%)

Interface tab in Preferences let you adapt the scale to Fit feature

There will always be cases when this approach can not work, for videos with many thumbnails or setups with a small thumbnail window. But, for the cases that do match, this will be a good improvement to speed up general browsing.

Fast video cataloger 8.1

Fast Video Cataloger 8.10

A new version of Fast video cataloger is now available for download. This version has quite a few improvements, and I think it is worth the time to update.

Scale to fit

We changed the default way thumbnails are scaled. Don’t worry; you can still switch to use the same explicit scaling as in the earlier version from the view menu.

scale to fit

When you click on a video, the thumbnails of that video are displayed. The new “Fit” mode looks at the size of the thumbnail window and tries to set the scale of thumbnails so that all thumbnails are visible without scrolling.

The idea is that you should view the entire video without doing any scrolling, even when you switch between videos having few and many thumbnails.

In Preferences, you can limit the max and min scaling allowed. You find these settings on the new Interface tab.

Interface settings fpr FVC

There will always be cases when this approach can not work, for videos with many thumbnails or setups with a small thumbnail window.

But, I hope that this will be a good improvement in most cases and speed up general browsing.

Exclude keywords

There is now a section in the search window to pick excluded keywords. All videos tagged with the excluded keyword are excluded from the search results.

Performance

Performance has been important since the first version of this software, and I think you will be pleased with the improvements we have made in this version. Thumbnails should be significantly faster to load, especially when you have large catalogs containing thousands of videos.

Keyword manager

The keyword manager got a pass of improvements. You can now import keywords from a comma-separated text file and filter keywords in the dialog.

Bins

Bins now better support working with multiple files, and you can drag n drop videos between bins. Drag the videos over the bin dropdown and pick the target bin.

Login credentials

Connecting to a remote windows share now allows you to provide credentials. Credentials are sometimes required to access shares. If this is needed depends on the configuration of your local network.

C# scripting

We improved error handling. In previous versions, sometimes exceptions in a user script could lead to a crash dialog in Fast video cataloger ( just the dialog, not a real crash…). In this version, the error gets printed in the Console Window.

We also went through all sample scripts and created separate visual studio projects for each script.

Bug fixes

Lots of bug fixes as usual. The most severe issue fixed was probably a bug that essentially broke the video wall in version 8.05.

We also fixed a few cases where layout loading failed, and we updated the Avalon docking framework to get all fixes from there.

You can view the complete list in the documentation.

Scripting with Fast video cataloger

Fast video cataloger has support for automating and extending the software through C# scripting.

Scripting in Fast video cataloger is extremely powerful but it can be a bit intimidating if you have no previous experience from scripting.

We prepared a guide to help you get started with scripting in Fast video cataloger, download it here

We also prepared a quick high-level video about scripting.

How to arrange your video workspace in Fast video cataloger

Fast video cataloger has a lot of functionality, in this video, we show how to arrange your video workspace for efficiency.

You can find the Fast Video cataloger features in different windows.

You typically only need some of it, depending on your task at hand.

If you want to browse your videos, you do that in the video catalog window. A search is done in the search window, edit video details in the detail window, etc.

This video shows how to create layouts for new users.

FVC 8.05 available for download

Fast Video Cataloger 8.05

Available for download today at https://videocataloger.com/download/

  • Improved performance for catalogs with lots of extended properties. You should notice a performance improvement when switching videos if your catalog has more than 1000 extended properties.
  • Added new option when auto assigning keywords from filename, the new option will only consider text inside brackets as keywords, i.e [this text] or {this text}.
  • Add new sample scripts.
  • If you used a hotkey that was a plain key (i.e no ALT/Shift/CTRL) and had keyboard focus in the script console window the shortcut action was executed. Now the character is written to the text window.
  • When updating multiple keywords in the keywords manager to set color the first keywords text also got updated.
  • When the write metadata option is enabled metadata is now also written for multi-selected videos.
  • If metadata writing fails because a file is locked by a program fast video cataloger will keep trying. (this typically failed because the video was playing in the internal or an external video player).

How to set keywords to video scenes

How to set keywords to video scenes in Fast Video Cataloger

Fast Video Cataloger lets you assign keyword tags to specific scenes in videos. You can then search for these tags to find a specific moment in a video. This video shows how to add a keyword to a scene and how to search for that keyword.

 

 

For this example, we will use a tutorial video about the software.
Select the video.
Look at the timeline of the video.
Select the scene to get a keyword.
Make sure you have the keywording window open in your layout.
Make sure the checkbox for tagging a scene is selected.
Write the keyword, or use one of the keywords you have used before.
You now see the tagged scene has a changed color tint.
If you hover the mouse over the tag you see the assigned keywords.
Now we will try to search for this video.
Make sure you have the scene search window in your layout.
Go to the scene search section.
Click on the keyword
You will see the matching scenes.
Click on the thumbnail to play the video from the tagged point in time.
Tagged scenes will also match video file searches.

How to import a video playlist to DaVinci Resolve

This video will show you how to import a video playlist into DaVinci Resolve.

In Fast video cataloger, you can quickly create video playlists.

A video playlist is a list of cuts from videos.

A playlist can be played as if it was a normal video file.

A playlist can work as a video edit outline. 

You can then import the outline into a professional video editing software like Davinci Resolve.

Start Fast video cataloger.

Make sure you have the playlist window in your layout

Create a new playlist and give it a name.

As an example we will edit a cat video, so let us search for cat videos in our catalog

Add a video to the playlist by right-clicking on the video and select “add to playlist”

Or add a segment of a video by right-clicking on a thumbnail and select “add to playlist”

And let’s add a subscribe outtro

You now have a playlist that you can play as a video.

Export the playlist by clicking “Export”

You will see a save file dialog.

Select where to store the playlist, and select xml as format.

We now have an exported xml playlist.

Open Davinci resolve and create a new project.

Select File, Import, Timeline

Accept the defaults in the dialog

You should now see the timeline and all the imported video clips and can your editing start editing.

In rare cases the import to davinci will fail. The most common reason for a failed import is that the video format is not supported in Davinci Resolve. 

Fast video cataloger supports many formats that are not supported in Davinci. If you import a playlist with these videos, like wmv, you will get an error dialog. If this is the case you will need to convert the video file.

If the clip start time is not 0 the import might fail. In Fast video cataloger you can set the default playlist starttime from the general preferences.

Davinci Resolve and Fast Video Cataloger

 

If you are using FastVideoCataloger and Davinci Resolve you can easily bring the videos into DaVinci resolve for editing just by drag and drop.
Working like this keeps the Resolve project less cluttered
1., Start Fast video cataloger with your video catalog.
2. choose a layout with the video catalog and the search window
3. Search for a video you want to have in your resolve project.
4. We get a list of videos.
5. Click on the video to get a good overview.
6. Have your resolve project open in another window, perhaps on another display.
7. Drag the video from Fast video cataloger to Davinci resolve.

You now have the video in the project and can drag it onto the timeline and edit as usual.