How to share a catalog over the internet

How to share a video catalog over the internet

In Fast video Cataloger 7 we have added the ability to share a video catalog across a windows network or over the internet. It is easy, and you follow the wizard.

web server for videos

When sharing over the internet, you first need to have a web server setup and configured. There are plenty of guides for how to set that up on the internet. If you don’t have a web server already we recommend iis that comes with Windows or the Apache server. We use the Apache version that is distributed with Bitnami. After you have installed the server, make sure it is working and connect to it. Start with localhost and then try from a remote computer. If you don’t have a working web server, the videos will not play, but you will be able to browse the catalog and search. All metadata is loaded using the Fast video cataloger server and not the webserver. The webserver is only used for loading videos and companion images (and if you are using the generated web pages).
Videos need to be at the root of the webserver. The catalog you share should only have videos that are in the root of the webserver. The catalog file you share should not be in the root of the webserver.

 

You share a catalog if you want other users to access it, perhaps at the same time as you are. This is how you create a shared video library for your entire company or a project.

You can stop the server and work on it again as a local catalog if no other user needs access.

When you share a catalog, other users can add videos or photos to the catalog. When they add videos, the video files are indexed locally and then uploaded over the Fast video cataloger service. Loading videos and images are done directly through a windows share while all metadata is accessed over the Fast video cataloger service.

Download the latest version of Fast video cataloger. If you have an older version, you will need to update to version 7 as that is the first version that has support for sharing a catalog over the internet.

Share a video catalog in a Windows network

How to share a video catalog in a Windows network

In Fast video Cataloger 7 we have added the ability to share a video catalog across a windows network. It is super easy, and you follow the wizard.

 

You share a catalog if you want other users to access it, perhaps at the same time as you are. This is how you create a shared video library for your entire company, one place where all the videos are easily accessible and searchable.

You can stop the server and work on it again as a local catalog if no other user needs access.

When you share a catalog, other users can add videos or photos to the catalog. When they add videos, the video files are indexed locally and then uploaded over the Fast video cataloger service. Loading videos and images are done directly through a windows share while all metadata is accessed over the Fast video cataloger service.

Fast Video Cataloger 7 – Share video catalogs

After lots of work and testing, we are really happy to finally announce Fast video cataloger 7 with new support to share video catalogs in a local network or over the internet.

Video server

The big new thing in this version is that it includes the Fast video cataloger server. The server allows you to share a video catalog in a local network or over the internet if you host your videos on a web server. You can easily go between using a local video catalog to a video catalog hosted by the server. The server is run as a windows service so it can keep running in the background even if you do not have the Fast video cataloger program running. When a catalog is shared several people can access the catalog at the same time. If anyone adds a video to the catalog it will be indexed locally and uploaded to the server.

We have worked on the server for a number of years now with internal beta versions and lots of testing, I am super happy to finally be able to share this work with all users.

You start the server from the Share menu.

Rest API

We have a rest API for use from web pages. the rest API has functions for reading and search a catalog. When you share a catalog over the internet you have the option to generate a sample web page that uses the API. The API allows you to build web solutions that get video data from the Fast video cataloger server.

Updated style

We have gone through the program and added icons. It does look prettier but the real reason we did it is to make it easier to find the windows you need as there starts to be quite a lot of windows now in Fast video cataloger.

Copy & Paste keywords

We have added two new icons to the thumbnails when you hover with the mouse. Click the buttons to copy and paste keywords to the scene. You can separate the keywords with a ,. And, it uses the standard Windows clipboard so you can mark text in another program and click the paste button to make that text a keyword for the scene thumbnail.

Performance

When you select a video the thumbs are displayed faster. This is very evident if you have videos with hundreds of thumbnails. We have also done a big performance pass on rendering, it should run smoother especially on large screens.

And lot of other smaller improvements. Download the latest version or upgrade from inside the program.

Fast Video Cataloger 6.31 – Play videos from a web server

I am happy to let you know we have just made Fast video cataloger 6.31 available

Play videos from a web server

We have added new support to let you set up videos to be served from a web server. Access this from the catalog/info screen and the “Use Hosted Videos” button. This enables you to put your videos on a web server and then share a catalog with other people so they can easily access your video files. You can then share the relatively small catalog file where they have quick instant access to search and browse without having to distribute all the large video files with them. And you can use this for a selected number of videos in a catalog, i.e. a catalog can have a combination of videos hosted on a server and loaded from your local filesystem.

play video through web server.

Please note that not all videos can be served from a web server, we recommend modern containers like mp4 for videos hosted this way. It is also always slower to load over a server so if you do not need this functionality you should not use it. Also, note that indexing currently needs to happen through the Windows file system.

Save to other than the selected layouts

You can now save a windows layout to another layout than the currently selected one. This new functionality is available from the view menu. Select the layout you want to save to from the dropdown list and then click Save. By default, the dropdown will be the current layout.

Chrome browser

The browser for the start page has been switched to a Chromium-based browser from internet explorer. We have also extended the scripting interface with a new function to give you direct access to the browser window. This will allow an easy way to either write out results to a web page integrated into the software or to gather data from a web page into your solution.

Scripting improvements

The execution of scripts can now be asynchronous. This will allow you to have scripts running as you interact with the rest of the user interface.

The load script dialog will now default to open in the sample script folder, and then the last opened folder.

A new sample script get_actors.xaml.cs will show you how to integrate Fast video cataloger with an external web service. This script is explained in detail here

Progressbar

The program icon in the taskbar now shows progress when a video is being indexed. The progress is per videos not for all videos in the current batch.

And other minor fixes…

It is now possible to multiselect images in the companion image gallery and remove them from the catalog. The Update dialog has gotten an improved layout.