Fast Video Cataloger 3.5 available for download

Fast Video Cataloger 3.5 is now available for download

The 3.50 update is free for all customers and you can use your original registration information. We have lots of minor improvements and bug fixes as usual and there has been a focus on performance and workflow that should make a few common operations faster and more streamlined.

New Attract windows

In the 3.50 version we introduced three new windows in a new category that I would like to call “Attract Windows”. The purpose of the attract windows are to cycle through content automatically from your video catalog. Just like with all other windows you can decide to use these windows, just close them or use them in specific layouts. My hope is that the attract window is a new inspiring way to enjoy your video catalog, perhaps to get inspiration.

  • The Actor attract window cycles through actors one by one.
  • The Cover attract window cycles though covers and/or companion images one by one
  • The Attract Video Wall is a new video wall window that plays a video wall for a few seconds ( that you set from preferences) and then switches the videos to a new set of random videos.

For each attract window you can right click to get options to go to editable versions of the content.

New find duplicate videos tools

A new tool to find duplicate video files was introduced. This tools makes it effortless to clean out duplicate videos from your catalog and optionally delete them and save some space on your disks. You can find the tool as a tab in the Repair windows.

Other bug fixes

You can now set volume even if a video is not playing. Also, the scale of the volume control is now much better and the whole slider is used.

General performance improvements. This one is hard to prove and explain but you will find that some operations, for example keywording, is much faster.

Fixed a bunch of issues with disappearing windows that required layout reset to reappear.

Other general improvements

Star rating in the video detail list instead of a drop down list, save a click every time you rate a video.

The About box now show video catalog statistics.

Video file size and date modified in the add video dialog and detail list. This is good if you only want to add large files to a catalog if you have an sd and an hd version of a file, or if you only want to add the last touched file.

Added a Right click option to sync file organizer to video. This is good to have if you don’t have the automatic sync turned on. The automatic sync can cause performance issues if you have videos on powered down disk drives.

Right click option to remove a video file from disk and from catalog. You could do this before from the file organizer but since this is a pretty common thing to do when cleaning up a catalog, we added a menu option for it.

Option to show/hide horizontal video details horizontal scrollbar. With more columns a scrollbar is good to have but it does take screenspace. This might sound like a small thing and it is, but I have had emails from users that wants it there and users that hate that it is there. So now everyone can set it up as they like it.

Copy from actors, just right click the actor portrait to copy it into the clipboard. Might be useful if you edit portrait in Photoshop or another image editing program.

Support to enter multiple keywords at once with , separation.

Added message when you switch between layouts to make it more clear that you did switch to a new layout. Remember that you can set name to the layouts as well from the preferences.

And much more…¬† Download and test from http://videocataloger.com/download/

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 http://videocataloger.com/download ).

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.