If you are not as organized as you would like to be and you feel like you are sorting through a mine field, don’t worry about it because your search has just gotten a lot easier with the filter tool. Once your video collection gets to be so large that it becomes hard to find particular clips you will still be able to find them easily by using the filter option. You can filter by content, keyword, cast, or archive. If you have been naming and categorizing as you go this will be a breeze. If you are not sure what you named a video don’t worry about it because you can use the other filters or do a more detailed filter to find your video.
In your Video Catalog window you will see a filter dropdown menu or a filter button, which looks like the filter you use to put oil in your car. By clicking on the dropdown menu you can choose what you want to filter by and it will pop up the “filter” window. If you chose the wrong specifications don’t worry you can pick from the tabs at the top of the window which way you would like to filter your videos. If you click on the filter picture button the same window will appear for you to choose your preference. Use whichever way works best for you.
When you are filtering on content you have the option to filter by title, description, links, file paths, genre, and/or rating. This is very convenient for you because you have so many options to choose from in filtering a video if you are not sure of the name. The next tab to the right would be your keyword filter. You can add and remove keywords for your filter here. If you have created a cast you can also filter by cast and actors. You can also filter your archived videos by clicking on the archive tab or in the dropdown menu select “Filter on Archive”
You have several filters available for you to sort through your videos easily. The filters makes this process very smooth and Fast Video Cataloger understands that when you are working with videos or clips of videos and images that the more time you save the more time you can be putting into something productive. We are here to help you save time and energy and the filtering option does just that.
Funny clips or travel videos
In general the default settings for indexing video files will fit most people’s style; however everybody has a different task in mind, so the default settings may not suite you. For example one setup for short and funny clips on dogs and another for beautiful video clips on your wife. Fast Video Cataloger comes with a tool where you can set or change your preferences to your liking.
Simply go to “File” and select Preferences or if you prefer you can click on Control and P (CTRL+P) at the same time. Once you have done this your preference window will be opened and you can redirect to an external video player, or an external video editor, this means you do not have to use the video player embedded in the Fast Video Cataloger if you have a player that you are accustomed to using. You can change your video indexer, meaning the amount of time it takes to capture frames and how many frames you want to capture. You may also resize your frame to be however big or small you wish. You have the ability to change your preferences of how your video plays, how long it takes to start, which external video player you would like to use, if you want it to start with thumb-play, and more.
How you would like your files auto-tagged, and what file extensions you want to use for your companion filters, as well as file thumbnail size. Your companion image preferences can be changed in this window as well. This is where you tell the program whether you want to view it as a slideshow, how many seconds between slides and what to name your cover. These are main examples of what you can change via the preferences window. There are other things you will be able to do there.
Your preferences can always be changed, experiment with them to see how you would like things to work. You are in control here and by changing your preferences to have the Fast Video Cataloger run the way you desire for a particular task is the best way to go. Preferences are just that, what different people prefer always varies dramatically and this is why we give you so many choices. If you would like us to add more choices please contact me and share your idea.
Some people seem to think that once they archive old video files, they can no longer access them. This is not the case with Fast Video Cataloger’s archive system. Video clips that are archived aren’t deleted, so you can still search for them within your Video Cataloger. They are marked archived, so you know that you have archived them, but they are still fully accessible.
The Fast Video Cataloger Wizard
Fast Video Cataloger has an archive wizard that will help you archive your videos quickly and efficiently. Doing so the right way means that you will find them more easily in the future. If you archive your videos from the beginning, your video library will never get overwhelming, and you will always be able to find what you are looking for without wasting precious time. When you are working on a project that contains several different videos, archiving them will soon prove to be incredibly useful. Fast Video Cataloger is here to help you keep track of your projects and your videos, keeping you organized and making your job so much easier.
Archiving videos and video files is quite simple using the archive wizard. The best part is that you can archive your videos to any backup device – from a USB to a DVD. Archiving your videos not only saves you space, but also protects you from losing your videos if anything happens to your computer. If you happen to archive your videos within your computer’s hard drive, make sure you are doing routine backups for your computer so you don’t lose anything in the future.
When you have a group of videos you are ready to archive, or even one video, you want to start with the archive wizard. Simply name the videos, and pick your archive root. After you click “OK” your videos will pop up on a screen, and you will select the videos that you wish to archive. Once you select your videos click on “Next” and follow the programs instructions. The instructions are pretty self-explanatory. Remember to uncheck any files you do not wish to archive.
The importance of a good felt-tip pen
When you have finished archiving your videos, remember that you will still be able to find them within the Fast Video Cataloger. Whatever storage device you chose to use for the archive should be physically labeled, so you can find the correct video in the future if you need it. If you don’t archive. you could potentially lose all your videos if your hard drive happens to crash or if you get a virus or ransomware on your computer. So please take a few minutes to archive what you have so you can preserve it forever.
Always have your best layout
Navigating through endless menus to find the option you’re looking for in your favorite programs can be very tiresome. With Fast Video Cataloger you will not have this problem. You can mix and match all of the different user interface options to create your own ideal setup. Any menu can be docked at any part of the interface for maximum ease of use. If you have multiple users or switch between video management tasks often that is not a problem. You can save any GUI configuration for quick switching. Best of all, you never have to worry about accidentally quitting the program and having to re-create your last setup. The interface automatically saves and reloads the way you left it. So every time you boot up you will see what you were working on from where you were at, even if you get interrupted!
Moving a window around inside your own layout is easy. Just left click on the top of the window you want to move, hold down the click, and rearrange however you like. Put anything anywhere. Once you have it where you want it, just let go and that is where it will stay. You have total control of the combinations. Additionally, if you don’t want a window visible on the screen you can hide it. Hiding a window is just as simple as moving it, however the process is just a little bit different. Click the “x” and the window will disappear. You can always bring back any window that you want. All you have to do is go to the “window” menu and select what you want.
You will see a triangle button right next to the “x” that you use to close every window, this is an important button. This button opens up the docking menu, which contains extra options so you can have the best layout possible. You can reset your layout at any time by selecting the default layout option in the “window” drop down menu. At any time you can press control and tab (Ctrl+Tab) at the same time to get a list of all the windows in your personal layout. You can also save your layout of your windows at any time by using the save option in the window drop down menu.
Loading is done much the same way. You select the option through the “window” drop down menu, but instead of clicking save, you click load. It’s very simplified, even for the least experienced users. Don’t worry about having to create or remember file names for a bunch of different configurations because Fast Video Cataloger does all of that for you behind the scenes.
Fast and Easy Video Playing
The integrated player is a powerful feature in Fast Video Cataloger. Using the integrated player, playing your videos is fast and easy. We recommend using the integrated player because it enables you to continue managing your videos while simultaneously viewing the video with a full featured video player, without interrupting your process.
To begin playing a video, double click the video thumbnail from the Video Catalog Window. You may also double click on any video scene thumbnail for any Video Scene to begin playing the video at the time segment matching the thumbnail.
Resizing The Window and Full Screen Playback
To resize the player screen, click the upper gray border, hold the mouse button down, and drag the border to the new desired size. You can also click the Fullscreen or Restore buttons, found in the lower right corner of the player window.
Creating a Thumbnail
Click the button representing the camera to create a thumbnail of the current video image. This button is also found in the lower right corner of the the player window.
Controlling the Volume
You may change the volume in the integrated player. This makes it easy to multitask (for example, listen to music or watch another video) while managing videos because the workflow is not interrupted to change the volume of the player.
Using an External Player
Your favorite external player is also within easy reach. After configuring the details in Preferences, you can open the configured external player by right clicking on the video in the Video Details Pane.
Additionally, you can open your favorite player through the Actions Pane. There you will find other buttons at the bottom of the Details tab in the Video Details Pane.
Open Folder provides quick access to the containing the video file. This is convenient as it allows you to use view the video from Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, or any other player.
Removing a Video from the Video Player can also be accomplished through this group of buttons.
Using the integrated Video Player is the recommended method for playing a video from your video catalog, however Fast Video Cataloger makes every effort to simplify and automate the entire process of playing in any player or editing a video using any editor.
An options for a video editor are also available in the Preferences dialog. Configuring this enables you to edit a video as you are viewing it in the Video Player window. To edit the video, use the Edit button, found at the bottom of the Details tab in the Video Details Pane.