New version available
Today we released Fast video cataloger 6.18 and you can download it from here. You might have noticed that there has been a bunch of releases since the major 6.1 we released back in August. We have basically released one update every week. The reason is that we decided to have a period of focus on quick bug fixing and hold off from major new features. We already have lots of features in the program. We do need to do a better job of explaining the features to users. Since our current focus is on fixing isues there is much less testing needed before releasing a new version. We can, therefore, have quicker turnarounds.
If there are things you would like to see fixed or that you think we should explain better please contact us.
On the area of explaining better we have posted a bunch of recent blog posts about how you can use the program. If you have not seen them already do have a look.
Some of the improvements we have done the last month or so are:
- Improvements to the scripting API as well as updated documentation and more samples. And, we have added a bunch of new articles about scripting on the web page. If there is something you are missing in the API to do what you want to do, do not hesitate to contact us.
- Lots of Bug fixes. Whenever the program crash you get the option to upload a crash dump to us. We have been looking close at the issues reported and fixed a bunch of problems. If you get the dialog please take the time to upload it and write a sentence about what you did when the crash happened.
- Improved indexing. We fixed issues with some older video formats and we have fixed issues with timeouts during indexing.
- Fixed various issues with the integrated “file organizer”. The preferred way to move files in Fast video cataloger is to drag from the “video catalog” to the target folder in the file organizer.
- Fixed issues with archiving when it could just fail in some cases
- Fixed issues with multiselection.
We will keep working on minor improvements for a while so do check back from time to time to get the latest version of the software.
I am more than happy to announce that Fast video cataloger 6.1 is now available for download.
Download the latest version from the download page
Virtual video editing
In version 6.1 it is now possible to create virtual videos by combining sections from videos in your collection. It is basically an advanced playlist maker that allows you to create playlists of whole video clips or just a part of a video. You can use this to make a quick early draft before doing video editing or just play like a normal video. The playlists are not altering video files in any way and you can make playlists of videos in different formats and resolutions instantly without doing any type of re-encoding that would lead to quality loss. It is also super quick.
Video playlist window
Create a new virtual video playlist from the playlist window and then select a current playlist. There are three basic ways to populate your video playlist.
- Add whole video clips to the playlist by right-clicking a video and selecting “add to playlist”.
- Add a video segment by right-clicking a thumbnail and selecting “Add to playlist”. Doing that will att the segment from the time of the selected thumbnail to the next one. If you hold down shift while selecting add to playlist you simply add a short segment (you can select the length from preferences) from the time of the thumbnail to the playlist.
- Right-click the camera icon in the video player to add a clip from the time where the video player is currently in the playing video.
You can re-order your clips with drag n drop after they have been added.
Extended thumbnail properties
Another new function in version 6.1 is the ability to add extended properties to thumbnails and to use that in searches. You could, for example, add a description to each thumbnail explaining the scene in words. Access this functionality from the video details window.
We have extended the scripting interface so you can leverage these new functions in your own custom solutions and we have added some more samples to give you a good start when doing your own video solutions based on fast video cataloger.
webm video files are recognized as standard video files
We have today released Fast video cataloger 6.02 with webm supported as a standard video file format. In the past it was possible to add webm either by adding the file specifially or setting webm as a custom video format in preferences. You can always do it that way with rare video formats. Fast video cataloger supports directshow filters so it supports rare formats and formats we have never even tested or are aware of as long as there is a directshow filter. Webm is becomming more common so we added it to the list of default extensions. When you add a folder it will treat your webm files just like it does with all other video files.
Docking framework updated
We have updated the docking framework that lets you configure your user interface across one or more displays. The update fixes a number of probolems where docking in some configurations did not work as expected. Remember that you can always reset your layout to the default if you want to start over with your layout. And if you are not using layouts you really should try it now.
Shortcuts to custom actions
You can now assign shortcuts to custom actions. You can, as before, crete custom action to launch external tools, access web resources or run custom scripts. By using custom actions you can integrate Fast video cataloger with your other software and workflows.
Imporved capture of wmv files
We have improved capture of wmv files. When you captured some type of bad wmv files the program could timeout when the video files were read from slow devices or over network.
Download the latest version of Fast video cataloger from videocataloger.com/download/
Metadata extraction from videos and more…
I am very happy to be let you know that we have just released Fast video cataloger 6 with a massive number of changes and improvements. To make sure everyone gets a chance to test it out we have also reset all trial periods. Meaning even if you tried an earlier version, you can still give this one a test.
Video Metadata extraction
The biggest feature by far is that we have added the option to automatically extract metadata from video files. On the video index screen, you can now decide if you want to extract metadata from nfo files and/or from inside the videos. Extracted metadata will be stored as extended properties, and you view them in the video detail window. The new ctrl+I search function will match against extended properties as well allowing you to include codecs, video resolution and more in your searches.
Options to extract video metadata from video file
Viewing extracted video metadata in the general view
Video Search improvements
The search video functions have had a new interactive search field – search all. This search field allows you to quickly match a number of the different fields for your search terms. Each term is matched against name, path, description, keywords and custom video properties. If you enter more than one search term, each needs to to match the video but does not need to match the same property. This is an extremely powerful feature that will help you to quickly filter down to a few videos in large collections. For example, if you would search for “c:\ brother” the search would match all videos with the keyword “brother” with a path starting with “c:\”. But it would not match videos in other folders or videos in the c:\ folder that don’t have the “brother” keyword. I hope you see how this can be incredibly useful and powerful. We also added a special shortcut “Ctrl + i” that will toggle this search text field up in the top window bar regardless of what windows you have open.
User interface improvements
When you install the latest version, the first thing you will notice is that we have made a huge change to the user interface.! But don’t worry, you can still configure your user interface across one or more screens just as before. The changes are designed to make the program easier to understand for new users, and also more efficient for experts. The interface now works a bit more like the familiar Microsoft Office software.
There is a start page, “catalog”, where you do things like open catalogs, import/export catalogs, archive catalogs, repair, backup and protect catalogs and so on. These are all extremely powerful functions that are carried out on the complete catalog but rarely and this is where you switch between catalogs. By moving these functions to the catalog screen we get rid of quite a few items from the menus which makes them simpler. We also moved to task menus instead of drop-down menus. This allowed us to save some space and leave more area for the windows. It also lets you quickly toggle windows to configure your layouts and switch between them.
An improved user interface in fast video cataloger 6
We have changed how the default layouts work. The named layouts have now been setup so that their names make sense. i.e. the add videos layouts by default only have the windows you need to add videos. If you reset that layout, it will return to these windows. Before it returned to the standard layout. You can still change all of the layouts to your liking and quickly switch between them.
We added the ability to change the default shortcuts in the program. You can access this window from the “Catalog” screen.
The scripting interface has been extended with functions to mask and unmask videos.
Special folders can be accessed from preferences and allow you to set labels to root paths that will be used in the catalog. If you then change the root of videos, say from one drive to another, you can simply just update the special folder label.
The license system has been updated, so you will unfortunately need a new key for this version. If it is less than 2 years since you bought Fast video cataloger, you are entitled to a free upgrade. If you have already received a new key, please contact support and we will work that out for you.
We will eventually provide an affordable solution for customers who are running very old versions from more than 2 years back. Just contact us if you are in a hurry to get the latest version.
Give it a try
You can download the latest version of Fast video cataloger 6 from here. In this version, we also reset the trial license so even if you have tested the program before you get a new trial period, and we have extended the trial from 7 to 30 days.
Fast Video Cataloger 5 – with new extended video properties
The release of Fast video cataloger 5 is getting closer, and today I want to share one of our more frequently requested features. One that we have added to the next release of program: extended video properties.
But first a little detour. From time to time people request that we add new video genres to the program. I always tell them to skip genres and instead use the keyword function instead. Keywords is far more powerful and flexible, and there is no reason to use the genre.
But now we have a better solution – the ability to add your own editable genres. Just right click on them in the video details window. Even if you can now change the genres, I personally still hold to my old advice to prefer keywords! But you now choose the way you want to work.
But, we have also added something even more powerful to Fast Video Cataloger 5. You will be able to edit your own user video properties. We understand that there are people and companies that use the program for things we have not even considered. So we have made it possible for you to define your own video properties.
On the video details window there is now a new section with “Extended video properties” for your catalog.
Click the edit button to add your own custom properties to your catalog. If enough people use this, I am sure we are going to extend this feature even more in the future based on your and others feedback.
To go with this new feature we have also extended the search function. There is a new search block for extended video properties that can be combined with other search criteria.
Please give it a try and let us know if this is helpful or if there is something we could do to make this even more useful.
Video cataloger 5 lets you do video keywording in color.
Fast video cataloger 5 is not far from being released and it has lots of small and big improvements. Today I will share a bit about what we have improved with keywords, search and color. Update: Fast video cataloger 5 is now available for download.
Improvements to video keywording
Over the years we have had several requests where users wanted to remove keywords from their catalog.
Previous the only way to remove a keyword was to remove it from everywhere it was used. Only then was it possible to remove it from the catalog, and have it not listed in the suggested keywords.
In Fast Video Cataloger 5.0 we introduce a new keyword management dialog.
In the keyword management dialog you will be able to see statistics on how each of your keywords are used. You can rename a keyword in one place, and the change will be propagated to everywhere that keyword is used. This has been a common request from users who have discovered a misspelled keyword that’s been used on a lot of videos. Hopefully, this new feature will save time.
Another new feature in the keyword dialog will let you quickly remove a keyword from all videos where it is used. Just click a button, and the keyword will be removed from the entire database. But as always, don’t forget to make regular backups of your catalog from time to time. There is no way to get back keywords once they are deleted.
Finally, we added colors to keywords!
You can set the color yourself from the keyword dialog. Colors are available for all types of keywords; video keywords, scene keywords and actor keywords. The default colour for new keywords is “white” but you can easily change that.
Coloring keywords give you an additional dimension of organizing, and with some clever use you should be able to quickly find the keywords you are using the most. Hopefully, this addition will allow you to work even faster with your video collection.