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, https://videocataloger.com/download.

 

Tutorial on adding keywords in FVC 5.*

Keywording

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.

Keywording Layout

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 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.

Extended Video Properties

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.

Video Keyword Manager

The video keyword manager is a new dialog that give you a number of functions that will save you time. We added this functionality in Fast Video Cataloger 5. If you have not updated to the 5.x version you can always get the latest version from https://videocataloger.com/download/. It is worth giving it a test as it can save you quite a lot of time when working with your videos. Here is a short video presenting the new video keyword manager.

If you have not already doing it… I highly recommend starting to use color for your keywords. Colors makes it much quicker to find the keyword you are looking for when you have a large video collection with lots of keywords.

FVC 5 – 5ft Generation of Fast Video Cataloger is now available

The fifth generation of Fast Video Cataloger, FVC5 has finally arrived and is available for trial or download. This is a very big deal as you will find out when you test it. We are so very proud and we hope you will like it as much as we do.

So what is all the fuzz about? Whats new in Fast Video Cataloger 5?

  1. In a big rewrite of the program we are proud to say that Fast Video Cataloger is now a 64 bit program. It is a needed upgrade as more and more catalogs are getting really big and with 64 bit technology we welcome that developent.
  2. Speed improvements for catalogs is always a focus and this release is no different. With this release we belive we have the fastest video cataloging software in the world for catalogs of more than 5000 videos.Using comparable hardware.
  3. We have also improved speed on catalogs running of a USB disk.
  4. By frequent requests of customers we have now added coloring of keywords and a new keyword manager.
  5. You may now add your own video properties as an extension to the ones installed from start. These are off course searchable as well, we know that there is a need to go outside of the ordinary properties and this is the solution.
  6. We have added support for advanced scripting via a scripting console. The scripting is done in c#. We have even added a few examples so you can get started. We are looking forward to see more examples from the community.
  7. Lots of small nice improvements (renaming of genres, auto load on mouse over thumbnails, shortcuts when you hover over a thumbnail and so on).

Are you an existing customer? Congratulations….. FVC5 is free for you.

For all of you that are already customers, this update is for free, simply go to the download page and get your copy. Before updating please make sure you have a backup of your catalog (as always) and (this is very important) please install this version in a new folder separate from your previous installation.

Fast Video Cataloger 5 is a 64 bit program and it will only run on a 64 bit version of Windows. If you try to install it on a 32 bit version of Windows it will fail during installation and the program will not start.

How to choose a video database solution

How to choose a video database solution

When considering to choose a video database solution there are a number of questions you need to consider. Here is a number of questions to help you evaluate any video database based on your requirements.

Disclosure: We, VideoStorm Sweden AB, are the developer of Fast video cataloger one of the possible solutions for any company video database solution. You can download a free trial version of the software from this url: https://videocataloger.com/download/

Do you need a company solution?

Is the video database for personal use or for a company? If it is for personal use you might have a look at vidine, a great solution for personal videos.

Personal or professional video database?

Are you using it for movies or custom videos clips?

If you are looking for a personal media center to watch movies there are cheap software designed just for that. Consider Plex or Kodi, both great software that also let you automatically scrape data from known movie databases. There is a huge difference between software designed for movies and for custom video clips. Media centers are great for known movies and where the focus is more on watching the movie than searching between and inside movies. Select a video database solution that is designed for the types of videos you are primary going to keep in your database.

Do you need to search individual video scenes?

Do you need to assign keywords to individual video scenes and search for them? Do you need to quickly browse scenes inside videos? Do you need mark new points in a video as a scene?

Do you care about speed?

Slow software is frustrating to use and it will take you longer to get your job done. Desktop software will always be faster than any a cloud solution. Desktop software that can make use of multiple CPU cores and the GPU will be faster than software that cannot.

Are you using Windows? Or a mix of systems?

Select a video database solution that is designed for Windows if you are a Windows user. Cross platform solutions is not going to take advantage of the hardware you have and be less ideal than a solution build directly for the operating system you are using.

Speed is important for a software to work in practice.

Do you care about security?

If you care about security you will want to pick a solution that allow protection. Protection of the video database as well as the video clips and can play encrypted video clips without first having to decrypt them. Even if not all videos need to be protected it might be good to have that option for videos you do not want to spread outside of your company.
Do you need to add extra meta data with your videos?
Do you have extra data to store with your videos like pictures and notes?

How many people need to access the database simultaneous?

Do many people need to write to the video database at the same time. Do many people need to read from the catalog at the same time. Considering how the video database will be used will not determine the software to use but also the setup of that software and the guidelines for your users.

Do you need to make adjustments or a custom solution?

Off the shelf software will always be the cheaper option compared to a custom video database. A custom solution can actually be extremely expensive and will likley result in a worse solution than an off the shelf software adjusted to your needs. Make sure the software you decide on can be customized the way you need it to. Can it be scripted? Can you add custom meta data? Can you assign custom keywords? Can it use all your screens?

Why considering Fast video cataloger as a video database solution?

Fast video cataloger is a fast custom video database solution for Windows that allow you to index and search videos as well as individual scenes. It is easy to setup and evaluate. Download a free trial version and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need a longer evaluation period.