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Todd HallamStock movie cataloging
by on Jun 23, 2015 at 12:37:53 pm

Hopefully this is the right place to ask... I catalog and create a database of a large amount of stock movies I use from time to time (generic movies from IStock, smoke elements etc.) using an old program called Movie Gallery. I have yet to find an equal to this program and wonder if anyone out there uses a program for this purpose on Mac.

IMedia Pro is close but what it lacks is the ability to pick which frame is displayed as a thumbnail. Pretty important for this. MG's shortfall is that it doesn't give you the path of where the movie is on your hard drive. I right click and it can reveal it allowing me to use it, but if I move the database to another computer all links are broken.

Would love to hear alternatives.

Todd Hallam
SideshowFX
http://www.sideshowfx.com


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Stock movie cataloging
by on Jun 23, 2015 at 2:35:34 pm

Take a serious look at Adobe Bridge. I use it to keep track of upwards of 100,000 assets, from clips and projects to music and scripts. I can put my hands on an asset in seconds. It has custom metadata capabilities (with file which will accept metadata), and extremely powerful search capabilities.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Todd HallamRe: Stock movie cataloging
by on Jun 23, 2015 at 5:00:54 pm

Sheesh I forgot all about Bridge. Looking through it, it could work but is there a way to set the poster frame for the thumbnail? Some of them show up black or a part of the video that isn't representative of the content.

Thanks!

Todd Hallam
SideshowFX
http://www.sideshowfx.com


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Stock movie cataloging
by on Jun 23, 2015 at 5:13:59 pm

I don't see the option for setting the thumbnail frame in any of the Bridge documentation. It looks as if this might need a feature request.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Andrew KimeryRe: Stock movie cataloging
by on Jun 23, 2015 at 11:24:34 pm

[Joseph W. Bourke] " don't see the option for setting the thumbnail frame in any of the Bridge documentation. It looks as if this might need a feature request."

Joseph, Bridge doesn't seem to have been updated in a bit. Do you think it's on its way out? Also, is there a way to get your data out of Bridge and into another asset management program such as CatDV?


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Stock movie cataloging
by on Jun 24, 2015 at 3:12:22 am

One of the biggest updates for me in Bridge was not too long ago: it established Bridge as its' own external installer, so that facilities which might need file management capabilities (or browsing) could install Bridge separately from the rest of the suite. I have a separate workstation on which I do my Adobe suite work, but my desktop machine has a separate install of Bridge so that when I need a file to send to a client, I can browse for it independently of the suite install. Works great!

I don't think Bridge is going anywhere anytime soon, but what do I know? Just a guess...

The metadata which you see in Bridge is XMP, an ISO standard for metadata, so I would assume that it's viewable in any software which will access metadata. Here's way more info than you probably want to know, but I find it useful:

https://helpx.adobe.com/bridge/using/metadata-adobe-bridge.html

It also looks as if CatDV plays well with XMP metadata:

http://www.squarebox.com/working-with-xmpicmp/

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Andrew KimeryRe: Stock movie cataloging
by on Jun 24, 2015 at 3:45:02 am

Thanks for the info Joseph. Oddly enough I'd been looking for something to catalog my stock elements too as just doing it via the Finder wasn't cutting it any more.


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