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.

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.

How to customize video columns in Fast video cataloger

In Fast video cataloger, you can change the size and order of the video detail columns.
You can also show and hide columns including columns to show extended properties.
Here is a tutorial video to show you how:

  • In Fast video cataloger you can customize your video detail columns.
    Start Fast video cataloger.
  • Open the video catalog window in detail mode.
  • Move the pointer between the columns so that the mouse cursor change.
  • Drag with the left mouse button down to change the size of the columns.
  • Move the pointer above a column so it changes color.
  • Drag with the left mouse button down to rearrange the column order.
  • You can also Right-click on the columns.
  • You will get a context menu with all avaiable columns.
  • The visible columns have a checkmark.
  • Check and uncheck columns to toggle their visiblity.
  • Select More from context menu for the advanced dialog.
  • In this dialog you can also select to show extended properties.
  • Click on one of the empty rows.
  • Click on the Extended property dropdown.
  • Select the extended property you want to show.
  • You will see the custom property in the list with an icon.
  • Close the dialog.
  • Column customization is saved with your layout.
  • Customized columns allow you to view, just the right video information you need.