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.
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.
When asking this question to people working with video you get very interesting conversations. I am hoping to find out what the general opinion is so please let me know yours. Of course you can measure size using several measurement sticks like storage size, duration or number of clips and you get completely different discussions depending on which is used.
- Storage size – the amount of GB the videos need on disc
- Duration – Playing all videos in a row takes how long?
- Number – The actual number of video files on disc
Here are my findings for what is a large collection, using number of videos as a measurement stick
Maybe, it depends. If I send you 100 videos of 15 minutes each and ask you to find the scene with the white rabbit it will feel like a large collection to browse. On the other hand if you have worked with the 100 videos for some time you might feel like you are in control and you probably have a clever folder structure and naming convention in place.
This is the point when it starts to get messy even with a well organized folder structure and naming of all clips. You probably need some extra details, and without this you are starting to build your own video management system.
I will not say it is impossible but it becomes very difficult and certainly time consuming to work with such a large video collection. It will be difficult to find what you are looking for and a video asset management system would save lots of time.
At this size you have a system in place and are using it to find your clips fast and easy. The software you use needs to help you get an overview of large portions of the collection, so that you can browse without searching. It’s like when you navigate in Google maps instead of searching via text.
You don’t have a large collection, this is huge by any standard.
140,000,000 clips and more.
Guess who that can be :)
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