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- February 1, 2011 at 5:18 AM #47279SgtWelshParticipant
I would like to find a software that can manage, like a database, avchd files. I use Sony Content Management Utility and Vegas Pro 9, but it’s not really easy and not a efficient way to find a specific video among hundreds of video files.
I just came back from a three weeks trip in Philipines with 11 hours of videos with my Sony NX5U.
I would like, before importing those files in my NLE, to rename them, classified them with keywords and others parameters. Furthermore, it would be necessary for me to make a quick search in my video database for something specific.
I hope that someone could understand this post, because english is not my first language.
Adobe Bridge is an excellent content management software with many metadata features. Sadly is not a standalone software so you need to have another Adobe program.
I too am looking for some way to save AVCHD and have easy access. I am looking to saveto an external hard drive. I would be interested in some information for this application. Would the samesolution work for my situation as well.
My sony camcorders came with software called Picture Motion Browser. I don’t know if you can get it from sony website, but google it and see “download picture motion browser” see what ya get. I think it’s a great app for indexing and displaying your videos, including avchd which mine are mostly. you can set it to expand clips to show a frame every 5 seconds, 10, 30, 1 min and etc. After it analyzes your clips you can have it display like this or you can click a button and just see 1 thumbnail for each. With the clips expanded you can search easily for the exact moment you’re after, even if the event only lasted 5 seconds. Actually, i’ve been surprised not to hear from others on the value of PMB. I archive my video on hard drives that can be kept connected, allowing me to easily peruse my videos clear back to 2002 when i started shooting. It seems that when you archive on removable discs, like blu ray or standard dvd they go into an album or onto a spindle in stacks and to look at em ya have to find them, load,spin and then you still don’t know where an event is on there except for the thumbnails you attach to the menu chapters or the moving video chapter titles. With PMB it’s simple to keep these things readily accessible. I’m sure there are other apps out there that do this or even better, but this is the one i’m familiar with.
Hope this helps with your interest.
I have a simple system.
I shoot with my d-slr or iphone alongside my video cameras.
I use aperture on my mac to add all the keywords and metadata from the shoot to my photos and video clips from the phone/d-slrs…
I use Imovie to import my video creating dated files for each import.
If I have trouble finding an archived shoot, I simple search for the images in aperture then look up the corresponding date in imovie. once I got the file in imovie I export the xml file and open finalcut.
On a Windows based system I use the following,
The latest version Googles Picasa
After it scans the drive(s) for videos, it displays thumbnails by folder for your review. You can click on a thumbnail for a rough playback to further determine the video content; sort the files by drag and drop, and allows alternate tags to them for future searches and sorts. It also has a level of face recognition technology allowing you to tag contents based on people in them.
I also use a program called Duplicate Cleaner
This program scans files for selectable parameters. It presents a list of possible duplicate files in sectioned form that you can click and run to confirm true duplicate status and delete those you dont need.
Both have helped me maintain my file library.<span id=”_marker”></span>