Attract video windows in the fast video cataloger roadmap

We are constantly working to improve the fast video cataloger software. Among the most recent improvement are the Video wall Window and the ability to have a bunch of user layouts that you can quickly switch between.

Here is a little insight into what we are currently doing to improve the program, all the things we have planned are the result from user feedback. If you have ideas on how to improve the program feel free to contact us and share your suggestion, we read all mails!

The video wall allows you to watch a time laps view of all your videos, it is the quickest way that I know of to browse through a lots of videos. The video wall is actually a first step to the next major update to Fast video cataloger, what we are working on right now. Video wall was supposed to be part of this update but it turned out so well that we did an intermediate release with just this function (try it yourself by downloading fast video cataloger ).

The next focus in our roadmap is to add attract windows for actors, covers and videos. The attract windows will present your video catalog automatically in an interesting way. The attract windows will help you enjoy and discover your content and I am pretty excited about this new feature. You will probably want to setup a special layout for the attract windows.

When we have completed the attract windows the next thing on our list is a new tool to check for duplicate content. If you have a large catalog it is pretty easy to have the same video saved from two different folder. We want to add a tool to automatically detect this case and merge the two videos in the catalog.

After that we will do a pass on improving search and filtering. We have a bunch of ideas on what could be better but we have not yet decided on the details, again, feedback is very welcome.

How to change external disk Windows drive letters

How do you change Windows drive letters forĀ  external disks, USBs or other storage devices? It’s actually quite simple.

Fast video cataloger uses absolute paths to videos that include the drive letter from where the video was added. If that drive letter changes for some reason, you can easily remap one root path to another from the video player tab in preferences ( look at “For each video in this folder”) or from the popup dialog that will be displayed when you try to play the video. Another option is to use the repair tool to permanently change the paths of the videos.

When you add more videos from where you have added videos before, you should make sure the drive letter is the same as before. This can, for example, happen if you have many usb drives and have changed the ports they use, if you added more devices to your computer or even if you added videos from another computer.

It is actually quite easy to tell Windows (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1) which drive letter a device should get if the default is not what you want.

From the start command line ( Press Windows + R) and type “diskmgmt.msc” to open Windows Disk management tool.

Right click on the device that you want to change drive letter for click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Changing the external disk Windows drive letters

Do not change the drive letter of your booting device, i.e. Drive C:.

On the dialog click “Add“, “Change“, or “Remove” depending on what you want to do.

If you have programs running that use the device, for example Windows explorer with the drive expanded, you will need to close them first.

That’s it – it’s surprisingly easy to change drive letters in Windows.

I recommend you setup your USB devices so all files from one drive are added with the same drive letter.