Media player classic as video player in Fast video cataloger

Media player classic

A really great and free video player is MPC-HC Media player classic home cinema. From their own site:

“MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open-source media player for Windows®. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. We are 100% spyware free, there are no advertisements or toolbars.”

This post will show you how to use media player classic as a video player in Fast video cataloger? But first, what about the internal video player?

The integrated video player

Fast video cataloger has an integrated video player that can play your video straight from the selected thumbnail. There are a whole lot of ways to configure the video player to your liking. The integrated video player is really great for quickly browsing your video collection and finding what you are looking for. However, if you really want to watch a video from your collection you might want to use an external favorite video player.

Setting up media player classic

First download a stable 64-bit version version of MPC-HC from https://mpc-hc.org/downloads/ and unpack it to a folder (or run the installer). I unpacked the program to this folder:
D:\utils\MPC-HC.1.7.13.x64\ so the path to the video player is: “D:\utils\MPC-HC.1.7.13.x64\mpc-hc64.exe”

Just running mpc-hc64.exe will start it with the normal user interface.

You can also start the video player with command line arguments, if you run the program from the command line with the /? switch you get a list of command-line arguments. Here are the ones we are going to use:

/fullscreen : Start in full-screen mode
/play : Start playing the file as soon the player is launched
/close : Close the player after playback (only works when used with /play)
/startpos : start from a time in the video

So let us say we want to start playing a video c:\video files\sample.avi in fullscreen a minute into the video file. We can do that with the following command line:

“D:\utils\MPC-HC.1.7.13.x64\mpc-hc64.exe” “c:\video files\sample.avi” /startpos 00:01:00 /fullscreen

Notice the path to the video file is in quotes since there is a space in the path.

To use this from Fast video cataloger we need to create a command-line with the selected video and the time of the selected thumbnail. You can do this easily with an action.

Media player classic as an action

Actions are created from the preferences in Fast video cataloger.

In preferences go to the “Action” tab and click the “Add” button to create a new action.
1. Enter a good name for your new action and a tool tip. (Don’t name it Play as then it will collide with the normal play-action)

media player classic action name

Name of video player action

2. Click on the execute tab and browse for the mpc-hc64.exe file.

media player classic executable path

pick the media player classic executable

3. Click on the arguments tab and enter the following line as an argument:
“{video_file}” /startpos {thumb_time} /fullscreen /play
The arguments inside {} will be replaced when the action is executed.
Click “Ok” to create your action.

arguments to media player classic

media player classic arguments

Click OK again to close Preferences. Preferences and actions are stored in your local settings and not per catalog.

In Fast video cataloger click the view button and make sure the action window is visible (the button should be blue).

In the Action window, you can find your new command if you expand the custom actions.

Custom video player action

Find the new video player action in the custom actions section

If you click this button now it will play the currently selected video in fullscreen from the time of the selected thumbnail with the mpc video player.

Shortcut to the media player classic action

Now let’s assign a shortcut to the video player. Click the catalog button and then the shortcut button.

video player shortcut

shortcut for video player

In the shortcut dialog scroll to the bottom of the list and you will find your new “Play MPC” command there. Click on the Key column for the command and enter press your new shortcut. Then Click OK to close the shortcut dialog.

Fast video cataloger 6.24

We just uploaded fast video cataloger 6.24, get it from videocataloger.com/downnload/. We improved the help for new users and added help to the preferences. The C# videoindexer scripting interface has got an extension. It is now easier to add whole folders of videos just as if you are using the graphical user interface and add a folder from the add video window.

File organizer

The video File Organizer in Fast video cataloger allows you to manage the videos on your computer while still keeping your catalog up-to-date. You can move a video file that is part of your catalog by dragging it from the Video Catalog window to a folder in the File Organizer window.

Attract windows

Atract windows in Fast video cataloger is a way to rediscover your catalog. The attract windows display content from your video catalog automatically as different slideshows. There is an attract window for your actors, for your companion images and ofcource for your videos.

We took the name from old arcade games that had an attract mode where they console played the game itself trying to attract players. So the purpose of these windows is to let you discover your entire video catalog. Perhaps for inspiration or perhaps just as a nice “screen saver”.

Here are is a short summary of how you can configure the preferences for your attract windows

Video wall

The Video Wall is a really efficient way to browse videos. You view your videos as animated thumbnails where the thumbnails of the video are quickly cycled through. There are Not many settings to care about but the available are described on the video wall preferences page.