Actions preferences

Custom actions in Fast Video Cataloger

Actions

Actions are extensions to Fast video cataloger. An action can be either an external program that you pass data to from fast video cataloger or it can be a custom script. An action can be accessed from buttons in the Action Window or from shortcuts you assign.

In the Actions tab, you can create your own custom actions that will appear in the Actions window.

Creating actions

When you have added actions you can edit them right away in the list. Click Add to open the Wizard to add a new custom action.

Action Wizard

Wizard to add a new custom action.

The text you enter as a Label, will be the text that is displayed on the button in the Action window.

Enter a ToolTip to describe what the action will do, this will be displayed when you hover over the button in the Action window.

Click the Execute tab to edit what is to happen when you press your action button.

Edit the Execute tab

What happens when you press your action button.

Tooltip for Action

ToolTip to describe the action

Three basic types of actions

The action can either cause an external program to run, it can launch a web page in the Fast Video Cataloger program or it can run a script (FVC 5 and later).
To decide if a program is to be executed or a web page to be opened using the drop-down list at the top.

Click Browse in the Program option to open Window Explorer to navigate to the program to be executable. In the Web Page option, enter the URL of the page to be opened. The URL should be in the correct format of, for example, http://www.google.com/. Do not enter anything after the final /, i.e. if you have a web page in the format of http://www.webpage.com/?argument.. then only enter http://www.webpage.com/.
When you have entered program or a URL click on the arguments tab.

arguments tab

Add independent arguments

Use the options under the Arguments tab to introduce independent arguments to the program or the web page.

If your action is to execute an external program the arguments will be passed as command-line arguments to the program.

If your action opens a web page then your argument will be added to the URL after an implicit “?” character.

Action variables

The buttons underneath can be used to add variable arguments based on your current selections in the program.

Video file – Will be replaced with the full path to the first selected video file. This is most useful when running external programs.
Video title – Will be replaced with the title of the first selected video.
Video title trimmed – Uses heuristics to try to crop the end of titles from extra information like resolution, time.

Video link – Will be replaced with the link of the first selected video.
Pick file – Will open a file browser to let you browse for a file path.
Thumb time – The time of the first currently selected thumbnail.
TIP: This option is useful when using an external video player.
Actor First Name – Will be replaced with the first name of the selected actor in the Actors window.
Actor Last Name – Will be replaced with the second name of the selected actor in the Actors window.