Fast video cataloger 6.26

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.

New version out now – Fast Video Cataloger 4.12

We just released version 4.1x of Fast video cataloger with the usual bug fixes and minor improvements.

However, in this update we managed to get in quite a few important, and we think, really exciting new features.

Export to csv files

If you for some reason want to do something in excel or some other external tool we now have the option to export videos and actors as csv files. The export function takes the currently filtered video collection so if you want to export your entire collection make sure you do not have any active filters.

Save video as a jpeg contact sheet image

Contact sheet images are great for overviews of a videos. It’s really the fundamental idea fast video cataloger is based around. In this version we added a new wizard to export the selected video as a jpeg contact sheet image. There are a lot of options and actually pretty entertaining to create the images so give it a try. The tool works with the already extracted images in your catalog so if you need more thumbnails add them to your catalog by re-indexing the video or add them with the “camera” icon or burst capture.

Import actors from a folder structure

If you store your videos in a folder structure based on key actors or if you have a folder structure with just actor data, this new tool should be really useful. The “import actors from folder wizard” scans a root folder that you pick for subfolders named as actors. In each subfolder it picks the first image as portrait. It also matches videos in the subfolders with videos in your catalog and set the actor as cast in these videos. We originally developed this tool to be able to help users that had problems with very large actor galleries and halfway through we noticed it was a really useful tool, we put in a wizard for usability and here it is. Do let us know what you think about it and if you miss anything, we always listen.

Easy Backup

Backup is easy to forget, now it’s a bit easier to remember. We added a menu item to enable easy backup of your catalog.  The backup is taken to the same device so I highly recommend that you make backups to other devices as well from time to time. Disk crashes do happen and from time to time we have people reporting that their database has been corrupted (if that is the case and you do not have a backup please contact support, we might be able to help reconstruct your catalog)

Improvements to the indexing engine

Some users have reported issues indexing some videos, issues we have had a hard time reproducing. The problem was rare but for the people who had the issues it was a big problem, probably because they had lots of videos created in the way that caused the problem.

With the assistance of helpful users that provided us with problematic videos we have finally been able to track down this problem and made some improvement to the indexing engine. The videos failed indexing in the program regardless of the codecs installed. Hopefully this problem has now been fixed in 4.1x. If you have trouble getting videos indexed, give this version a try, it should work.

A big and special Thank You! to everyone who send us problematic video files and helped us track down this issue.

More space for video content

Some people have complained that the title bar etc. are taking too much space from videos. We have done a pass on the user interface to get rid of unneeded elements and make more space for your videos. You will immediately notice that the title bar has disappeared. Other changes are that the filters in the actors can now be hidden (and there are more subtle tweaks).

Optimize database

We have added a new option to optimize your catalog and make it faster. You can access it from the repair menu. You probably won’t see a noticeable change on small catalogs with less than a 1000 videos. Before running the optimization do make a backup and be prepared for the process to take a pretty long time (hours for very large catalogs). Do not interrupt the process when it is running.

Preparation for Windows 10 anniversary update

Windows 10 anniversary update is just about to be released. We have tested this version on the preview of the update to make sure it works. We have also updated the program to use the latest version of the .net runtime. (For whoever interested, we use C# and .net for the GUI and C++ for the indexing and video player ).

And, we have a bunch of minor improvements and fixes too numerous to mention but here are a selected few. The companion images now has a right click file menu and you can select to view companions in an external image viewer, more info in the video detail window, filtering now works as expected when filtering with many actor tags, sound volume in the player is saved between runs, scene search filters works better with more keywords, delete key now works as shortcut to remove a thumbnail, title of the catalog and actor window now shows the number of displayed items and much more (check the detailed version history in the documentation for a complete list ).

We hope you will enjoy this version and get even more value from your videos.

Save time with Fast video cataloger

Save time with Fast video cataloger

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.

 

Never a broken video clip link – Using the Repair Tool

intact links in your video collection

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.

The future of video predicted in 2009 by IFTF

Credits to http://www.iftf.org/

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.