Video wall

The Video Wall is a really efficient way to browse videos. You view your videos as animated thumbnails where the thumbnails of the video are quickly cycled through. There are Not many settings to care about but the available are described on the video wall preferences page.

Guide to recent How To articles about Fast video cataloger

Recent article overview about how to use Fast video cataloger

The last months we have added lots of information on how to use Fast video cataloger. Here is a quick guide to help you quickly find what might be useful for you.

New articles about how to use the software

Learn how you can use Fast video cataloger as a video library when you are live streaming in “video library for live streams”

Learn how to find identical or similar videos to save some space and clutter in “easy-way-to-find-similar-videos”

Learn how you can use the integrated companion image features in Fast video cataloger in “Managing photos and video images for your video files/”.

Fast video cataloger has an integrated file organizer. Learn how to organize your actual video files using this functionality in “How to work efficient with video folders/”.

This text, “How to work faster with videos in Fast video cataloger/”, is a favorite of mine. It goes through a bunch of small features that can save lots of time if you are a frequent user of Fast video cataloger.

“Video wall” is one of the unique features in Fast video cataloger. In “video-wall in Fast video cataloger/” we explain the feature in more detail. If you have not tested it already you owe it to yourself.

Learn how to get highest quality videoplayback in Fast video cataloger by reading “Using madvr for high quality video playback/”.

New articles about how to use the scripting functionalities

Scripting is not for everyone, there is a learning curve. But, if you are interested in automating tasks or extending the software we have added a bunch of new articles for you. And we have more text planned for the coming month. Maybe you know someone that is a programmer who would like to try it out?

In “Exporting thumbnail files from videos using c#” we show how you export the video thumbnails to jpeg files on disk. This will be useful when you want to use the images in another software or perhaps a web page.

In “Import videos from all my movies by Boildesoft” we show how you write a script that reads data from a standard Access database.

In “c# for all the really advanced video searches” we show how you may extend the search function to fit your specific need. This can be combining search criteria from external data or just be outside of what you can do with the user interface in Fast video cataloger.

Fast video cataloger 3.20 released

After some external testing and a few last minute fixes I have just uploaded the 3.20 version of Fast video cataloger.

This is a free update for all customers, just download and use your previous serial key.

There are two main new features in this version, the video wall window and the new user layouts. I wrote more in details about the new features in the previous posts.

The video wall is my new prefered view when browsing catalogs and the user layout is a small improvement that is really useful and once you get used to it, invaluable ( make sure to learn the shortcuts ).

Download the latest version from http://videocatalog.com/download as usual.

There is also some internal Changes in how the program uses threads. In general it should improve performance on multicore CPUs (more threading), if you do have a problem please let me know, and feel something is not working as well in this version as in previous ones, do let me know.

All in all, I think you will find this a fine improvement to the program.

/Fredrik

Is the new Fast video cataloger feature the fastest way to browse video thumbnails?

Is the new Fast video cataloger feature the fastest way to browse video thumbnails?

Fast video cataloger has a new feature that will help you browse for videos faster than ever before. This is probably the fastest way possible to quickly browse and discover videos in large collections.

Right now I am putting the finishing touches to a new (version 3.20) update to Fast video cataloger with two major new features.

I’ll write about the first feature here today, the fastest way yet in Fast video cataloger to scan huge number of videos from your collection.

The new version will be out in a week from now. Most likely when you are reading this the new version is already available for download from https://videocataloger.com/download.

I call the new feature Video wall and it has its own window. You might have seen other video walls and this is close but still not quite the same.

The Video Wall window cycles through all captured video frames from the current selection of videos.

Since it is not playing the actual video but rather quickly cycling through your selected video frames it can cover a whole video in a matter of seconds, and you can add more frames yourself wherever it is needed from the video. In other words the frames does not have to be equally spaced throughout the video, where interesting things happen you can add more frames and where nothing of interest happens you can have few frames.

There are a bunch of other advantages of not actually playing the videos.

It can be done without having access to the source videos, for example if they are stored on an external device. Doing it this way is much faster and far more efficient than playing the video. First of all video formats are not optimized with the goal of being able to fast-forward through they are optimized to be played in order frame by frame. To use the actual video source would require a lot of extra data to be read and it would not work for some format. It would also require a bunch of memory and it would probably kill or at least severely burn you CPU.

With the new video wall window you can easily have more than a hundred videos playing.

The video wall uses several hardware threads and I spend quite some time to optimize it for performance. Actually the code is probably not how the text book says you should do WPF applications but the result is way faster than the first implementation that followed the book.

If you are using a laptop on battery you might want to hide the video wall window as it does put a constant load on the system preventing it from ever saving power.

 

The fastest way to browse video thumbnails?

Video wall window

The Video wall window can switch between the different size of video frames right click on a video and select Small, Medium, Large or Very Large view in the View submenu.

I am pretty happy with this new function, why not try it for yourself I think you will like it.

/Fredrik