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.

Auto-index preferences

We talked about the video index settings before. Fast video cataloger can also automatically index videos from a folder. Whenever a video is added to that folder it will go to the index queue and then be added to your video catalog. This folder could, for example, be your browser download folder. It could be an inbox for anything that you want to go into your video library. Read about how you can configure automatic video indexing

Video indexer preferences page

Fast video cataloger lets you get an instant overview of a video through a thumbnail video wall. Core of this feature is the integrated video indexer. The video indexer can automatically extract thumbnails from a list of videos and more. It can also extract metadata from the videos and more. You can configure the video indexer to your needs from the indexer preferences page and more.

Video player preference page

You already know Fast video cataloger has an integrated video player that lets you play straight from a thumbnail. But did you know about all the ways you can configure the integrated video player in Fast video cataloger? Do you have issues playing some video files? Do you want to seek faster, need better video quality? Read about the preferences for the video player in Fast video cataloger at this new page.

General preferences page

Fast video cataloger has lots of features and we know that can be a bit overwhelming at first.

On the other hand, just about each feature serves a use and purpose. Most of them have at some point been added because one or more of our users requested it.

The preferences are where you can do a lot of customization of the program. Today we start a walkthrough of all property pages in the preferences to help you discover what the software has to offer and some recommendations from me. Let’s start with the General preferences page. And, if you have questions and feedback to use the comment.

New version available (6.21) available for download

Today we uploaded Fast video cataloger 6.21 and it is available for download.

There are lots of improvements since my latest blog update. The largest major improvements have been around the integrated video player. The end result should be increased video quality as well as better support for multiple screens.

Recent improvements to video player

  • The “direct video player” video player option, that should be the safest option for playback, now uses evr instead of vmr9. That change should result in higher quality output and faster playback.
  • Improvements to the threading should have fixed a few possible causes for freezes. For example, we should be able to handle a few known driver/codec issues a bit better with blank output instead of a frozen program.
  • Multiscreen support for the video player. It should now be possible to drag the video player window from the main window to the secondary window with a different resolution.
  • Respect “pause” state. If you pause a video and then click on a thumb the video will jump to the selected time but won’t start playing (this behavior can be controlled from the videoplayer preference ).

Recent improvements to video playlists

  • Now you can add to playlist from the scene search results.
  • Playlist has a more compact view in addition to the previous one, right click in the window to select view.

Other improvements

  • New video index option to rotate thumbnails 90 degrees if it has a rotate metadata. This is useful for videos taken with iphones. For this to work you need the settings to extract meta data from the video and the option to autorotate thumbnails. To play the videos correct you also need to use a video renderer that reads the rotation metadata and does realtime rotation. MadVR is one renderer that does that.
    Options for autorotate video thumbnails

  • If you capture a frame through the capture camera icon in the player that thumb will be selected after capture.
  • Add folder should now be quicker, especially with folders that contain encrypted videos.
  • Add videofile now accepts multiselection.
  • Updated ScriptInterface.cs to reflect latest version of the api.