Fast Video Cataloger 6.28

Today we release Fast video cataloger 6.28.

So what is new in this version?

Ctrl+I

The interactive search, Ctrl+I, now selects the search text when you show it after hiding. Just start typing to get a new search or move with arrows to edit the previous search text. If you have not used the interactive search do give it a try.

More Companion image optimizations

We have continued to optimize the companion image browser. This time we did optimizations for when the companion image windows are not visible in a layout. This should make loading of video thumbnails images in cases a video had a very long list of companion images. We have also optimized the companion image browser itself even more.

Crash fix

Fixed a crash when dragging an actor from a floating (non-docked) window into the cast window.

Check for update

Added a new check for update button, and we do a check for updates in the background now when the program starts.

Fast Video Cataloger 6.27

I am happy to let you know we have just released Fast video cataloger 6.27.

So what is new in this version?

Companion image browser

Companion image browser lets you view photos in the same folder or a subfolder of the video. We have done a very significant performance pass on the companion image browser. And, we have added an image cache to make it even faster.

Actions

There is now a way to launch actions without waiting for them to complete and without showing the console window. The recommendation is to first test your command with the usual command-line version so you can view what is being executed. Once it is working you can switch to the new mode, “Shell execute”

Execute commands

We have added a new action argument to pass in the selected companion image, {preview_image} we also added the folder of a video “{video_folder}”.

Preview video companion image

Problem opening catalog

We have added check and error dialog for when the program is not allowed to write to a folder. This can be caused by some antivirus/antimalware software if they are not configured correctly. Now there is a message instead of a silent fail when you tried to create a new catalog in a folder the program was not allowed to write to.

And bug fixes

As usual, we have a few bug fixes in this update…

In some cases the volume of the video player was set to 0 when it should not have been. This should now be fixed.

If you right-clicked a video and selected “assign to bin” from the menu, the video was not moved to the bin as it should have been. Also, we did a pass on the user interface of the assign bin dialog to make it more clear as in some cases the colors made it hard to read.

If you right-clicked a companion image browser it had some menu options incorrectly disabled.

Finally, we fixed an in the keyword manager that prevented keywords to be completely deleted from a catalog.

Fast video cataloger 6.26

We just uploaded Fast video cataloger to version 6.26, download it from videocataloger.com/downnload/ the download page.

So what is new in this version? The largest change is probably an update to the docking framework which should fix a number of bugs as well as improve performance.

The “Find duplicate videos tool” has been further improved, Select “Clean” from the start menu. We also removed the old tool from the repair dialog.

And, finally, this is pretty small. We added a new shortcut to “refresh search” (Shift + Alt + R). This shortcut just refreshes the current search and is useful if you have added new videos to a catalog after the search.

New version (6.18) available for download

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.

Recent improvements

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.

Fast Video Cataloger 6.1 released with virtual video editing and extended thumbnail properties

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 format is now a recognized video format

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/