Video Wall in Fast Video Cataloger

The Videowall is meant to provide a massive preview of your entire catalog at once. It loops through all your video scenes in all your videos from start to end, all in the same window if it fits.

Video wall gives you an animated overview of your current search results. Attract video wall shows a random selection of videos from your entire catalog.

The Videowall is a great tool for quick overviews and can be used to get a first grasp of the content of the catalog holds for content or if you are looking for something special among lots of videos. For example, if you have over a hundred of long surveillance videos you might want to look at them all at once just to figure which ones to really look into.

Once you find something interesting simply double click to get all the video scenes(Video scenes or thumbnails are shortcuts to time in a video) for that video. From the Video Scenes window, you can start playing directly from each scene that you find interesting, just by clicking them.

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Fast Video Cataloger 4.3x adds MadVR support

New Fast video cataloger version

Fast Video Cataloger 4.3 is now ready for download from http://videocataloger.com/download/
This is a free upgrade for all Fast video cataloger customers, use the same key as in previous versions.

Improvements to the integrated video player

In this version we have made several improvements to the integrated video player.

We have added support for MadVR, a GPU based video renderer that basically uses your graphics card to improve video quality. MadVR will be used if the video player preferences in Fast Video Cataloger is set to “Best” or “Direct with MadVR”. MadVR is not included with the installer but you can download it for free from their web site

We have fixed issues with videos that failed to play with sound. We have also added an option to force video to ignore the sound track. If you don’t want/need sound it will make starting the video a bit quicker. Another advantage is that issues with the sound stream will not cause video playback or seek problems.

And we have improved the stability of the video player and managed to get rid of a few cases of videos that could cause the program to freeze.

Other improvements and features

When indexing videos the program will now look for nfo xml files and if one is found it will take tags (keywords), plot (description) and title from the nfo xml file for each video and add that automatically to your catalog.

Some reported issues where the layout was not saved correctly have been fixed.

Fixed rare out of memory issue due to fragmentation, for some reason this seemed to be more common in Asian versions of Windows.

And… lots and lots of other fixes and improvements.

We have already started work on the next version, stay tuned. As always we welcome feedback or ideas on how to improve the software.

13 Performance tips for Windows applications and Fast video cataloger

Here are 13 ideas for how to improve performance when working with videos – whether in Fast video cataloger or not. Fast video cataloger is usually a very fast program, but as with most programs, sometimes is not as quick as you would like!

General performance tips for any Windows software

Make sure you have an adequately equipped computer

Fast video cataloger is designed to run on a PC with at least 2 GB of memory, and an intel i5 cpu or faster. The program will use more than one cpu core if available. It will also make use of a dedicated graphics card if you have one installed. Note that it does not have to be a state of the art graphics card, just about any dedicated card will be enough. The software will run on less than this spec but this is what I personally recommend; less than this might have a significant impact on performance.

Make sure your CPU is not throttled

This tip applies especially if you run the program on a laptop. Most, if not all, laptops have power save features that can be set to anything between performance and energy saving. Try changing the power save mode, as this can have a huge performance impact. Some laptops automatically try to save energy i.e. throttles the cpu when the power cord is disconnected. Try if there is a difference running on battery or plugged into the wall.

Close other running programs

Programs running in the background can take a significant amount of performance from your CPU and also put a strain on your disk system. If you feel Fast video cataloger is slower than usual, check the following common issues related to software:

Do you have heavy web pages loaded in your browser. Chrome is especially awful at this, as it fiddles with internal Windows timers.

  • Is Windows update running?
  • Do you have a scheduled virus scan running?
  • Is Windows defragmentation running?
  • Any other heavy program running that you usually don’t have running?

Run the windows disk defragmenter

If your hard drive is fragmented it will slow everything down. When indexing video files, fast video catalog uses the hard drive a lot, and a fragmented drive will significantly reduce efficiency. Run the Disk Defragmenter tool from accessories — system tools.

Tips specific to Fast video cataloger

Store your catalog on an SSD

Fast video cataloger saves changes to the catalog as they happen, so there is no need to save your catalog. That always happens automatically. Try to place your video catalog file on the fastest device you have. Preferably an SSD drive or internal hard drive. Video files can be stored on external drives as they are accessed way slower.

Turn off virus scanner on the video catalog

Turn off virus scanning for the vcat file extension. If you are an advanced user and know what you are doing, you can most likely also turn off virus scanning for your video folder.

NAS storage

Storing video files on a nas device is recommended and a good idea. The vcat file should preferably be stored on your fastest device and the internal drive is faster than a NAS. However, if you want to access the catalog from several computers you might need to have the catalog on a shared NAS device. In this case make sure to run automatic backups on the folder where the vcat file is stored. Automatic backup takes a copy of the catalog file every time it is written to, this will happen a lot and will waste space on your NAS as well as reduce performance.

Do not index videos while browsing

You can index video in the background as you are working with Fast video cataloger. However, indexing video is a heavy operation, it typically accesses the disk more and uses more CPU power than just playing the video. If you feel the program is sluggish simply pause the indexing process while you are working with the software and resume it when you are not using your computer.

Hide windows that you do not need

Fast video cataloger has a number of different windows that each have a specific function. Some of these windows carry out heavy computations in the background. So always hide windows that you do not use. The attract windows and the file organizer windows are the heaviest. The video player window only takes performance when it is playing a video.

Set the right size to video frames

You can set the size of video frame thumbnails. Setting a video frame size that is larger than the resolution of the video is possible but pretty pointless, you bet the same result from the zoom function. The larger size of video frames you capture the larger your catalog and the more memory the program will need and the more cpu it will need to decompress the video frame thumbnails.

Set the right number of frames to capture

You can set the intervals between the video frames when you capture. The more frames you capture per video the more memory and performance will be required.

Make sure companion images are of a reasonable size

Fast video cataloger has support for adding companion images to videos. These images will be displayed in the attract window and in the companion images window. There is no limit on the size of the companion images but adding huge images, like what you get by default from a high res digital camera, will take time to decompress.

Disable Sync to file folder

Fast video cataloger has the option to automatically sync the file view to where the video that click in the video catalog is stored. You can enable this feature from the preferences and it will not work if the file organizer window is hidden. However, when the file view browses to the location of the video it will need to access the disk and this can take time, especially if the disk has powered down, then it can take several seconds.

 

Video player that helps you focus on work

The integrated video player helps you focus on your work. We want you to keep using your favourite player for watching movies and use our built in player while working. We have added cool new features like saving specific video frames as jpeg images and flexible playback speed. Video players and software appearance and layout generally improve with each new release and Fast Video Cataloger 3 is no exception.We welcome your suggestions. Let us hear from you.

Since it is unlikely that all video scene thumbnails are perfect representations for a scene immediately from the automated indexing process. You add new ones by clicking the capture icon. We have no limit to the amount of video scene thumbnails you can have and they are easy to remove so capture away. For perfectionists that want the exact right place in the video simply pause the video and then use slow play. We have also added burst capture as a way of collecting a dense series of scene thumbnails as a help around moments in a video that is very interesting.
Try out our new player inside Fast Video Cataloger 3, we are quite pleased with it and are keen on feedback.

Fast Video cataloger playing with lots of scenes

Fast Video cataloger playing with lots of scenes

We have also added burst capture as a way of collecting a dense series of scene thumbnails as a help around moments in a video that is very interesting.
Try out our new player inside Fast Video Cataloger 3, we are quite pleased with it and are keen on feedback.

Quick introduction to our new Fast Video Cataloger 3

Keywording in fast video cataloger 3

New look and feel in fast video cataloger 3

We have changed the visual look and feel with the arriving of Fast Video Cataloger 3 to make users of other professional video tools feel at home. I will walk you through the most important improvements in more details soon but first a quick introduction. The interface is still focused on giving all the freedom you need to create your own perfect workstation. In addition to supporting multiple monitors in a natural way, FVC 3 fit perfectly into your family of favorite video tools via the new possibility to add your own Actions and connect them to the other programs you are using. The visual overviews of videos and video scenes are now adopted to the feedback we have received from our Fast Video Cataloger users. We redesigned the player according to the new look and added tools to help in cataloging videos inside and outside of our tool.
We hope you will enjoy Fast Video Cataloger 3 as much as our beta testers have. We strive to help you work cleverly with video clip libraries whether it is your collection of POV Go Pro clips or your business real estate videos or something else entirely.

Try it out today, it just takes a few minutes to get started.
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