We just uploaded Fast video cataloger to version 6.26, download it from videocataloger.com/downnload/ the download page.
So what is new in this version? The largest change is probably an update to the docking framework which should fix a number of bugs as well as improve performance.
The “Find duplicate videos tool” has been further improved, Select “Clean” from the start menu. We also removed the old tool from the repair dialog.
And, finally, this is pretty small. We added a new shortcut to “refresh search” (Shift + Alt + R). This shortcut just refreshes the current search and is useful if you have added new videos to a catalog after the search.
The next new feature in Fast video cataloger will save you time when you are using a computer with one monitor like a laptop. You can download the program from http://videocataloger.com/download
The user interface in Fast video cataloger is highly customizable. Almost every feature in the program is accessed from a dockable window and you can pretty much setup the windows as you like, to suit what you are currently trying to do.
The program works the best when you can layout your windows across more than one computer screen. If you only have one screen, as I do on my laptop, it is really hard to find space for all the windows you want to keep open at the same time. Most of the times there is one window that is smaller than I would like it to be or one window that is taking space that I do not need at the moment.
In the 3.20 version, you have access to 8 user definable layouts and you can quickly switch between them using the function keys (F5-F12).
You can also set a name for each layout, from the preferences, to help you remember the purpose of each layout between program runs.
I have setup a layout for working with video files, here I have the video catalog and the file browser taking most of the screen space.
I have an actor layout where the actor and cast window get lots of space.
I have a video wall layout where the video wall window takes most of the screen, a research layout for finding info about videos using custom actions and so on.
There are a lot of different things you can use fast video cataloger for and often you want your windows setup just the right way to be most efficient. This new feature will hopefully save you time since you can keep your favorite setups between program runs.
Solid linking in your video catalogs
Making sure all links are intact
A lot of times while cleaning up our computer files, we tend to move things around. If you are in your documents and intact links in your video collection you move a video from one folder to the next the path will become broken. This normally would cause a problem; however, with the repair tool you have a chance to fix that. The repair tool gives you the option to repair your videos and images. Within the repair window you can also scan for images. You can scan for broken videos to make sure all your videos are operating correctly. If you have videos that have been archived and the device is not connected to your computer at the time you do the scan the path will be reported as broken. You will have the option to either remove or repair the video. If you want to remove the videos with the broken paths simply select them and click remove. To repair you have the option to supply a search path and click repair and then the program will do its search. You can do a scan for your images as well, and the same exact thing will happen, the paths for all your images will be checked.
Scan for broken video clip links in your video collection
You also have a “scan for image” tab. This is not the same as scanning your images for broken paths. When you click on the scan image tab it gives you the option to scan for all companion images. It may be easy to get a little confused about the repairing images scan and scanning for images, just remember when you are in the repair images tab, you are scanning for broken links that you can repair or remove. If you are in the scan for image tab you are scanning your videos for companion images. Once you have finished your scan for companion images you will be presented with a checklist of images. You can add companion images as you see fit. Simply check the box next to the image and then select “Add Selected Images” and your image will then be added as a companion image for that video. As you see the repair tool is used for much more than repairing broken paths. Using it to add companion images is very important because you may not like the companion images that are uploaded for you or you may want to create a companion image for a cover image. You may even just want to create a few companion images to have some still shots, or even to use them for actor’s portraits. The repair tool can help you find and add companion images as well as fixing broken paths for images and video.
Credits to http://www.iftf.org/
Fast Video Cataloger in the future of video
I have read a lot in IFTF report, “The future of video: Becoming the people of the screen” and browsed around their Prezi presentation to go with it “Map of opportunities” and it is very perceptive. I know it is old but it is still awesome. Mapping what we are doing at Video Storm with Fast Video Cataloger I say the program is in the blue(Collection) area with 10 % each of green(display) and black(Distribution). Remembering that this was written in researched and written in 2009 I am impressed by their accuracy and I can’t help craving for an update on such a report. What would they see in a crystal ball 4 years into future now?
If you for some reason are not familiar with this work please follow the links above and spend some time on this, it is worth it.