tisdag 11 mars 2014

Fast video cataloger 3 now available for download

Fast video cataloger 3 was released today. You can download from the PC based video clip manager from http://www.videocataloger.com/download/.

Instead of the pressrelease, here is a copy and paste from the documentation about what is new:
"We have changed the visual look of the program to be more in line with other quality graphics software. If you are used to programs like Photoshop, 3D studio or Unity you feel at home with Fast Video Cataloger 3. The interface can still be configured to your liking across one or several computer monitors. Focus has been to provide the most efficient user interface possible.
We have added an icon view mode for your video list. This new icon view mode is great to get an overview of all your videos in a catalog and only need the titles and the images.
Player window is redesigned. You can save specific video frames as jpeg images. You can also change playback speed for most video files and do fast and slow seeks.
The new burst capture function let you add lots more details for interesting sections of a video with one click.
The companion image feature has been extended to include actor companions either specific images or folders that are automatically added.
Actions can now be user defined to better integrate Fast video cataloger with other programs or use of web pages.
More than 200 minor bug fixes and improvements to workflows."

tisdag 28 maj 2013

Fast Video Cataloger 2 available for download

A new major version of Fast Video Cataloger ( http://www.videocataloger.com ) is Now available for download. 

Fast video cataloger is a program that helps you browse, search and find your videos quickly. The program lets you arrange all your videos with automatic batched thumbnailing. You can then categorise videos and assign keywords to whole videos as well as individual scenes. 

This major new version has focused on improving workflow for the most common tasks, like adding and tagging videos as well as a number of other minor adjustments. 

The program now includes an integrated file manager that helps you arrange your video files while keeping your catalogs up to date. 

Another big improvement to this version is that the program  has support for companion images. Companion images are for example cover images from the video, behind the scene shots or just any image related to the video. 

The final big improvement is a new group of tools to repair and maintain catalogs.

This new version of Fast video cataloger is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. A free fully functional trial version can be downloaded from http://www.videocataloger.com/download

onsdag 10 oktober 2012

Fast video cataloger 1.50 available for download

Today you can download the new version of Fast Video Cataloger from the product web site at www.videocataloger.com

The video program has been updated with a new user interface that you can customize. Most windows are now docked so you can create a layout to suit how you are working with your videos, and you can use more than one window for the layout.

Another big improvement is that the trial version now also works as a reader program. You can download the trial version and test it to create your catalogs. After the trial period you can still use the software to view catalogs that you created earlier or that you got from other users. This is great news if you own the program and want to share your catalogs.

The program can be downloaded from the product page as of now.

Here are a few unofficial videos from you tube to give you a preview of the program if you don't want to download it right away. They don't show new features in this version but they do show the new user interface.

Add videos to catalog using fast video cataloger

Fast Video cataloger flexible user interface

How to use keywording in Fast video cataloger

torsdag 10 maj 2012

Tagging and searching single video frames

Fast video cataloger 1.20 is now available for download.
Fast video cataloger is now available in a new version (1.20). In this version the user interface has been changed to look more like Adobe Lightroom and to flow from the left to the right. This change not only makes the user interface more intuitive but it makes it possible to edit video properties and tags at the same time as you view the video thumbnail images.
The biggest improvement however is the support for tagging individual video frames in a video and to search your entire video catalog after tagged scenes.
This improvement makes it really easy to search individual scenes across different videos files. No need to split the actual video files or doing other time consuming video processing just to be able to organise your videos better. As always in Fast Video Cataloger you can start playing each of the video right from the time of the thumbnail scene.
If you want to test the program there is a free trial version available for download from videocataloger.com

måndag 19 mars 2012

Fast Video Asset Management Software for Media Professionals

Uppsala, Sweden - Inzomia has released Fast Video Cataloger, a video asset management system for Windows that lets video professionals catalog, search, and find video clips in seconds instead of hours. Fast Video Cataloger scans each of your video files and builds a series of evenly-spaced thumbnail images of the video. Each thumbnail acts as a bookmark. Simply click a thumbnail, and the video is immediately launched at that point in the video.

Cataloging of new videos is automatic, fast, and runs in the background as you use your PC for other work. Point to files or folders that contain videos, and Fast Video Cataloger will scan each video, build thumbnails, and add the information to its catalog.

Fast Video Cataloger delivers several ways of categorizing and retrieving video clips. It's easy to add tags to any videos, as well as information about the content of the videos. Keyword searches will quickly identify all videos that contain relevant footage. You can even manually add new thumbnails to your video as you watch it. With its combination of tagging, rating, categorizing, describing, and linking, Fast Video Cataloger makes it simple to find and retrieve video clips.

Fast Video Cataloger does not require any special server configuration or support from the IT Department. The software runs on any modern Windows PC. Because Fast Video Cataloger runs locally, there are no huge video files to upload, and no file format conversions are needed.

Sportscasters can use Fast Video Cataloger to parse historical footage of games and interviews and retrieve video clips when they're needed. News professionals can search video archives in minutes and retrieve the information they need for newscasts and b-rolls. Public relations managers in larger enterprises can locate video clips from corporate advertisements, annual meetings, and other archive footage. Professional videographers can use Fast Video Cataloger to scan their earlier work to find clips to include in proposals to new clients.

Fast Video Cataloger runs under Windows 7/Vista/XP with .NET framework. A single-user license costs $197(US). Multi-user discounts are available. You can download a trial version of Fast Video Cataloger.

söndag 7 augusti 2011

GIFs from Videos

How to create GIF files from your video clips

The world wide web just turned 20. Even older than the www is the GIF file format. The format is flawed in many ways, its limited to 256 colours. The compression isn't very good and it used to be patented. Now the patent has expired and even if the format has some flaws there are still situations when gif is the right format to use.

The two huge advantages of the GIF format is that it supports animations and that it is supported by all versions of all web browsers. Since no plugins or special codecs are required to play the GIF they just simply work. And even if a gif might be a bit larger than for example a short flash file the load time is often offset by the time it takes to load and initialize the flash player.

You can use GIF files where no other format works.

I created a simple tool to convert a video clip to a GIF file including converting it to 256 colours and resizing it. You can also add single images or create the animation from single files.

Download Video-GIF here

måndag 8 september 2008

Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene

I forgot to write about this a when it appeared a month ago, I am sorry about that.
If you have not seen this already you really owe yourself to check it out, it will blow your mind.

"Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene" is a research project that shows a way to combine high quality photos with videos taken at the same location. The result so far is research and not available in any product but it paints a bright future. Using their method they are able to increase the resolution of the whole video clip, create high dynamic range videos and to enhance exposure. They are even able to remove objects from a scene.

Checkout the project page with the complete paper and an amazing video presentation.

When you watch you can also keep in mind that a lot of companies are working on digital cameras the combine high quality photos and videos recording. There is currently a lot of research going on into computational imaging using image recognition software together with novel hardware. For example there are already digital cameras that combine video and photo to automatically take a group photo when all have their eyes open is closing their eyes.