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,


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.

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.