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.
The integrated player is a powerful feature in Fast Video Cataloger. Using the integrated player, playing your videos is fast and easy. We recommend using the integrated player because it enables you to continue managing your videos while simultaneously viewing the video with a full featured video player, without interrupting your process.
To begin playing a video, double click the video thumbnail from the Video Catalog Window. You may also double click on any video scene thumbnail for any Video Scene to begin playing the video at the time segment matching the thumbnail.
Resizing The Window and Full Screen Playback
To resize the player screen, click the upper gray border, hold the mouse button down, and drag the border to the new desired size. You can also click the Fullscreen or Restore buttons, found in the lower right corner of the player window.
Creating a Thumbnail
Click the button representing the camera to create a thumbnail of the current video image. This button is also found in the lower right corner of the the player window.
Controlling the Volume
You may change the volume in the integrated player. This makes it easy to multitask (for example, listen to music or watch another video) while managing videos because the workflow is not interrupted to change the volume of the player.
Using an External Player
Your favorite external player is also within easy reach. After configuring the details in Preferences, you can open the configured external player by right clicking on the video in the Video Details Pane.
Additionally, you can open your favorite player through the Actions Pane. There you will find other buttons at the bottom of the Details tab in the Video Details Pane.
Open Folder provides quick access to the containing the video file. This is convenient as it allows you to use view the video from Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, or any other player.
Removing a Video from the Video Player can also be accomplished through this group of buttons.
Using the integrated Video Player is the recommended method for playing a video from your video catalog, however Fast Video Cataloger makes every effort to simplify and automate the entire process of playing in any player or editing a video using any editor.
An options for a video editor are also available in the Preferences dialog. Configuring this enables you to edit a video as you are viewing it in the Video Player window. To edit the video, use the Edit button, found at the bottom of the Details tab in the Video Details Pane.