How do I catalog video files?

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How do you catalog video clips?


I talk a lot about media management, which includes the practice of cataloging video files.

Media management is something I’m passionate about, and frankly I think it’s an important part of video survival.

I suppose the word “survival” might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it sometimes feels like it would be oh-so-easy to drown in media.

Because video files are enormous, it’s not feasible to keep all your video footage on your computer’s internal hard drive. It would fill up quickly.

This means it’s likely you’re off-loading the video files somewhere.

And if that’s the case, you can benefit from a way to track the location of those video files, in other words, cataloging the video files.

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How to Solve the “Poster Frame” Problem

I received an email question about poster frames the other day, so I thought I’d make a video that shows how to solve a problem you might encounter with them.

The problem is basically this: When you have a video file on your computer, the operating system automatically chooses a poster frame to represent the video file.

The poster frame is a single frame from the video. Sometimes the frame the operating system chooses is great. Other times, it’s not ideal.

And the challenge is that not all apps allow you to choose your own custom poster frame when you export a video. For example, Final Cut Pro X doesn’t let you choose the poster frame when you export a project.

That said, there are ways of dealing with this. In the video, you’ll see me use a couple different options for setting a custom poster frame. One of the options feels like a hack, but it can get the job done.

If you’re someone who stores video files on your Mac, and you like to see a good visual representation of those videos, this quick tip should be useful.

6 Requirements of Video Cataloging Software

six requirements of video cataloging software

I’m a big fan of video cataloging software. It’s useful when you have a lot of video clips and you’re trying to find a specific one within the large collection.

But not all video cataloging software is the same.

In this article, I’ll share six items that I consider requirements from video cataloging software.

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What is the difference between a Master File and a Delivery File?

Izzy with Video Camera

Just in case you’re not already doing this, I thought I’d share this useful workflow for exporting…

By the way, I’m going to share the process I use, but please keep in mind this isn’t always the right process for everyone. But 99% of the time, it’s the right process for many of us.

Also, I should mention that there’s nothing revolutionary about this workflow. It’s one that people have been using for many years.

But if you’re new(ish) to video production, it’s not always an obvious process. If you don’t know about it, you can accidentally build some bad habits.

Okay, here’s how it works…

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Izzy Video 326 – The Six Requirements of Video Cataloging Software

You can download the video file by right-clicking (control-clicking) on one of these links:

If you want to keep track of your video clips with an organization system, then you might want to explore cataloging software.

This video shows what I think are the six requirements of cataloging software for video.

The cataloging software I personally use is called CatDV, and you can learn more about it here.