Tagging videos and video scenes with keywords is a powerful way to make your video collection more browsable and searchable. There are muliple ways of adding keywords and in this video we look at tagging video and scenes one at a time.
When you are working on adding keywords to your catalog I suggest you set up a layout that fit your need in your workflow. For the purpose of this video I use a simple setup with the Keywording window, the video player, the video catalog and the scenes window. It is very likely that a different setup fit your purpose better. Some customers working with educational videos use two screens and keep one for video scenes only and the other for keywording and video catalog.
The video is about a minute long so if you are not using keywords yet this is your chance to get started fast.
Fast Video Cataloger is an extremely easy program to use, the interface is very simple. You may need to get things done much faster than simple clicks will allow. That’s why Fast Video Cataloger uses keyboard shortcuts to aid in ease of use and makes your experience as fast and efficient as possible. Using these shortcuts will make your life a whole lot easier.
Ctrl+N Will allow you to create a new video catalog so you can sort and organize your collection inside Fast Video Catalog much easier.
Ctrl+O lets you browse your existing catalogs and then select which one to open. This option opens the dialogue from the drop down menu.
Ctrl+P opens up the preferences menu where all the options for Fast Video Catalog are. These allow you to tailor your experience to your needs and make the program work for you.
CTRL+Q will create a new actor. Actors allow a new way to tag your videos so you can find the one you want even faster.
F1 will open the help menu. This has tons of information about what features are available in Fast Video Cataloger and how to use them properly.
Ctrl+F will bring up the filter options. These will filter your browser windows by whatever filter you select. You can filter by file size, video length, and actor or even by name.
ALT+DELETE will stop whatever video is currently playing in its entirety, bringing you back to the video browser.
ALT+SPACE merely pauses whatever video you are watching, rather than stop it, so that it may be resumed at that same spot whenever you would like.
Ctrl+S in order to save whatever current video frame is playing to your library of thumbnails so you can more easily find that part later.
ALT+ENTER will make whatever you are looking at in Fast Video Catalog enter full screen mode. Be it a video or just the browser. You can exit full screen mode by hitting the escape key.
Hotkeys are universally useful and learning them is just the first part of using your programs more efficiently, especially Fast Video Cataloger. Once you get used to using them you’ll find your computer experience and your video experience to be much better.
Adding actors is quite simple and there are three ways you can do this. Actors don’t only have to be people they can be whatever you want. The easiest way to add a new actor is to click on control and Q (CTRL+Q) at the same time and this will pop up your “Add new Actor” window. Within this window you have the ability to name your actor with a first and last name, add a picture of your actor, with a bio and a tag. You can copy and paste an image or choose one from your database. Another way to add actors is within the video. If you capture a still shot of the actor within the video and right click on it you have the option to “use this image for a new actor portrait” click on this option and your actor window will appear. At this point you have the portrait already, so just fill in the rest. This is an excellent option because by using the portrait that you have pulled from within the video Fast Video Cataloger has already associated it with the video so the program automatically configures this for you. One other way to choose actors for your video is to click on window and open your actor window. This will enable you to control your actors and if you want a new actor from here simply click new. Now that you have created actors for your video you are going to want to complete the cast, this is the best way to keep your actors and cast more organize. Go to “Window” then select “Selected Videos” and then “Cast” this will open a cast window for you. For this part you will have to be sure you are looking at both the “Actor” window and “Cast” window at the same time. There are a couple different ways to make this happen. Within the program if you click on the window and drag it you can move it to be vertical or horizontally parallel to the other window. You can also set the image to float on your desktop, to do this you click on the little triangle up in the right hand corner and this will give you a menu. Choose the float option. If you have a floating window you can move it anywhere on your desktop that you want. Your goal for this is to be able to look at your actor window and your cast window at the same time. This comes in very handy if you are working with multiple programs at the same time. The cast window will be blank when you first start. To create your cast simply drag and drop your actors into your cast window.
One of the most favorite features of Fast Video Cataloger is the ability to create actors. These are like “super tags” that you can use to organize your video collection, not actual people. Actors are an easy way to quickly find all your favorite videos and navigate your library. They don’t have to be people. Using the interface you can create an actor tag for anything: a company, series, a band or even a specific type of action in your videos.
How to create an actor?
To create an actor just right click on any of your videos in the video browser window and then click the option called “use image for new actor portrait”. Voila! You have just created a new actor for your list using that image as the portrait and your video library is on its way to being much easier to navigate. You can also create new actors by using the “new” button in the “actors” menu or even by using the drop down menus. You can also use drag-n-drop from your web browser to add an actor portrait.
When you create a new actor you can give that actor a first name, a last name and a description. You can even add tags to an actor for help. Tags are just another way The Fast Video Cataloger helps you stay organized to find your videos quickly. By creating tags you don’t even need to remember what the video you’re looking for is called. Enter any tag into the search dialogue and you’ll find it easily.
You have the ability to go into your list of actors and their descriptions then add them later if you can’t think of anything when you create them. The process is made easy for you from the start. From the list of your actors you can edit any of their details at any time. Fast Video Cataloger and the actor system make it very easy for you stay organized with your video archive.
You will not have the ability to dock the actor-adding window. This is for your benefit because you will most likely be using it while in the video browser. By making the actor-add window not have the ability to dock you can use both at once! This makes organizing your video collection using Fast Video Cataloger a snap. Just one more way that makes keeping track of all your videos easier.
Adding Keywords to Your Videos in Fast Video Cataloger
A core feature in Fast Video Cataloger is keywording. This feature permits users to associate relevant keywords with videos in the collection. The keywords, also known as tags, help find videos by enabling you to search for videos associated to the chosen keywords. To improve the searching capabilities, you may also apply keywords to individual scenes in the video.
The Keywording Window
The Keywording window is divided into 3 sections. The top area has three radio buttons. This section’s options are “Tag Video”, “Tag Selected Scene(s)”, and “Tag Both”. By using the first option, only the video will be tagged using the information from the next two sections. Clicking on the second option, “Tag Selected Scene(s)”, will cause the keywords to only be associated with the selected scenes. Using the last option tags both the selected scenes and the entire video with the keywords.
Beneath the radio buttons you will find a drop down menu. The menu will be a list of previously used tags. You may select a tag you have already used, or you may instead type a new keyword in this area.
The bottom section of the Keywording window presents a list of suggested tags and keywords Fast Video Cataloger believes would be useful. You may click on any of the items in the Suggestions box to add the keyword to the Video, Selected Scenes, or both as selected using the radio button at the top of the Keywording window. As your video collection grows and you continue to build your list of keywords, Fast Video Cataloger is able to present a greater number of significant suggestions. This makes the speed at which videos are cataloged using Fast Video Cataloger continue to improve as you add more videos and keywords. We strongly suggest Keywording as many significant keywords to your videos as possible. We also encourage you to specify relevant and common keywords to the individual scenes. By doing so, you will be able to find specific scenes, and do so much more quickly.