Davinci Resolve and Fast Video Cataloger

 

If you are using FastVideoCataloger and Davinci Resolve you can easily bring the videos into DaVinci resolve for editing just by drag and drop.
Working like this keeps the Resolve project less cluttered
1., Start Fast video cataloger with your video catalog.
2. choose a layout with the video catalog and the search window
3. Search for a video you want to have in your resolve project.
4. We get a list of videos.
5. Click on the video to get a good overview.
6. Have your resolve project open in another window, perhaps on another display.
7. Drag the video from Fast video cataloger to Davinci resolve.

You now have the video in the project and can drag it onto the timeline and edit as usual.

Search for video file name

How to search for a video file in a catalog

Here is a short sample script to search for a video file in the catalog given a filename.

Simply use the search api and provide the VideoQueryProperties. FilePath is a part of the video path you are searching for.

If the search failes to find any videos it will return null.

If it finds videos it will return an array of VideoFileEntry. The entries includes, among other things, the ID of the video. You use the id as key for the other APIs.

As usual, copy paste the script into the script window in Fast video cataloger. This is just a small sample, if you are developing your own script make sure to check our other developer resources.

using System.Runtime;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using VideoCataloger;
using VideoCataloger.RemoteCatalogService;
class Script
{
  static public async System.Threading.Tasks.Task Run ( IScripting scripting, string arguments ) 
  { 
    scripting.GetConsole().Clear();

    VideoQuery query = new VideoQuery();
    query.Properties = new VideoQueryProperties();
    query.Properties.Description = "";
    query.Properties.Link="";
    query.Properties.Title = "";
    query.Properties.FilePath = "part_of_filename";
    VideoFileEntry[] result = scripting.GetVideoCatalogService().SearchVideos( query );
    if (result!=null)
    {
      foreach (VideoFileEntry entry in result)
      {
        scripting.GetConsole().WriteLine( "ID=" + entry.ID );
      }
    }
  }
}

How to organize video files in three steps – search, browse & find

I’ll show you the three steps to find a video clip in a large video file collection, and the easiest way to organize your video files. Quickly and without pain!

Fast video cataloger is the perfect tool for the job, it will help you find videos quicker than ever before.

Fast video cataloger was created around the idea of using a combination of searching and visual browsing to find videos.

Why? Because the human vision system has evolved to excel at recognizing patterns. In fact humans are generally better at this than modern computers. Given that we are so good at this, you might assume it is a pretty good idea to use your eyes to find videos. And you would be right!

Browse through a large number of videos in seconds - the easy and natural way to organize your files and collections

Browse through multiple videos in seconds

The search, browse and find method employed in Fast video cataloger is really simple and consists of three basic steps.

  1. Search. Use a search criteria (for example a keyword search) to filter out a manageable subset of videos from your entire catalog.
  2. Browse. Look at the Image that represents the videos in the program to further narrow down your search
  3. Find. Click on videos that might be what you are looking for. You will get a thumbnail timeline of the whole video. If this was not the video you were looking for, repeat the previous step.

Using this simple process you can easily manage a collection of thousands of videos. Use this technique to for example quickly find reference materials.

Try it yourself and see how well it works.

The Search step (1) in Fast video cataloger is carried out by clicking the “Filter” icon. You can search on keywords, part of a path, actors, and much more. When you are adding videos to your catalog remember to set basic keywords in the add videos tab.

The Browse step (2) is carried out by browsing the videos images. In Fast video cataloger each video has one image that represents the whole video. This is automatically set to the first automatically captured thumbnail in the video when it is added. But, you can and should change the thumbnail later if the first is not a good representation. To change video image simply Right-click any thumbnail and select “use as video thumbnail”. You can even set the video image to be the cover image of the video. When you view the video list, you can do it in list mode or icon mode. In icon mode only the video images are displayed, this helps you to fit more videos on the screen at the same time. If you are using the list view, remember that you can change the width of any column, including the video image.

The Find step (3) is helped by the fact that Fast video cataloger automatically extract thumbnails when a video is added to the catalog to create a timeline. You can easily refine the thumbnail list. Remove thumbnails that don’t make sense and add new ones from the video player by clicking the camera icon. You can also use the “burst capture” mode to add a bunch of closely spaced thumbnails for a shorter slice of the video, just right click on a thumbnail and select “burst capture”.

As you play with your video collection it is easy to add more keywords and refine the thumbnails. This will make this process even better as your collection matures.