Best Video Container for Metadata/Cataloguing?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by gaikokujinkyofusho, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Hi, my video collection s getting pretty unwieldy with all the
    different coedecs/container etc. I love being able to use something
    like winamp with MP3s for its database features (though there are
    other good ones out there too) and I want to be able to search my
    videos in a similar way. It seems that AVI’s do support a ton of
    metadata (and one can use something like abcavi to do it) but AVI
    seems to be a pretty old container format and while it supports
    metadata there don’t seem to be many programs that actually read AVI

    So, I was considering keeping the codecs of all my videos intact but
    putting them al into the same container. I thought something like
    the .MP4 (.M4V?) container or the .MKV container might be good but I
    wanted to post and see if I could get any useful input/opinions about
    the best container. Any suggestions or recommendations would really be


    gaikokujinkyofusho, Sep 1, 2008
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  2. gaikokujinkyofusho

    TruthSquad Guest

    Forget reading metadata unless you limit yourself to the few file
    types that support it. If you have a lot of videos, and your intension
    is to catalog them with great detail, then get a program designed for
    that task where YOU, not the software does the data entry. On the
    surface it might sound time consuming (it is) but only to get caught
    up to date. Then you can scan your database any which way you want and
    find what you want quickly. For reference I have several thousand
    videos. Without a database I'd never find anything.

    I've used CATvids for years. Highly customizable, already preloaded
    with hundreds of preset fields for making a video library. It uses a
    Access engine so it is fast and powerful.
    TruthSquad, Sep 2, 2008
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  3. Thanks for the suggestion. I have considered using a cataloging
    program like CATvids but my worry is being tied to one program. With
    MP3s i can move them around however I want, use them on any platform
    (I use linux and win) and all the work i did adding info and stuff is
    not lost, its in the file itself. I use a cataloging program that is
    kind of general to keep track of my data dvds, its ok but when i want
    to access stuff in linux etc i have to either go into windows or re-
    make the whole thing in a similar linux program, or if the catalging
    copany goes out of business or is no longer supported i will be stuck
    with having to do everything all over again... if all the data is in
    the files themselves then i do it once and finished (i just have to
    rescan the files with whatever program i am using).
    gaikokujinkyofusho, Sep 2, 2008
  4. gaikokujinkyofusho

    Barry Gray Guest

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    This isn't a problem. I use a database program, the same one, for
    cataloguing photographs going back 140 years, more than four thousand
    books, my music index covering fifty years and more than 200
    reel-to-reel tapes (among other things of course), my computer discs,
    my addresses and telephone numbers, and of course my videos. Almost
    any decent database program will do this. I wrote the templates for
    each application myself, but most programs come with a set of
    templates for all these applications, and for recipes, stamps, you
    name it it's there. Most database programs come with software to
    convert databases in other formats into their own, and visa versa, so
    you will never have to do it all again. Going one stage further, most
    database programs have their own discussion groups, and if you want a
    template for, say, your collection of pre-Columbian arrowheads the
    chances are someone out there has exactly what you need.

    I do not know CATvids, but in general terms not all programs written
    to meet a very specific need are easy to adapt to your own needs or
    well supported. This is of course why most programs written by
    teachers are a load of rubbish: the best educational software is
    written by *former* teachers who have realised that writing and then
    supporting educational software is a very demanding full-time job. (I
    write as a retired teacher.)

    I only use MP3 for music but I do not find the metadata stored in the
    file very useful, except for locating a particular track on my iPod
    which of course I cannot do any other way. But all the music in my
    iPod originated in my PC and is still there.

    Barry Gray, Sep 2, 2008
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