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Old December 3rd, 2008, 03:11 AM   #1
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Cataloguing EX1/EX3 files

I will be storing all my EX3 clips on 750gb hard drive(s). Can anyone recommend a good image cataloguing database application that will both give a visual reference to the clips and also allow you to enter Keywords for a clip metadata search, i.e. “Tower Bridge”, “Poppy field” etc.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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You do not need a 3rd party program if you use a Mac with OSX which gives you visual cataloging.
Having said that, if you use Adobe Creative suite, then 'Bridge' is a great program for this - you can even preview your clips (QT) and search etc.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, I am looking for a dedicated package something along the lines of Portfolio etc. Just thought someone may be using some advanced Data Asset Management application. Bridge is perhaps too basic for an advanced search.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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No answers?

Surely you must be using some form of database to keep track of your clips, or do you just resort to using pen and an old fashioned index list.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #5
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How about Final Cut Server? I went to a seminar that demonstrated it logging everything and then finding whatever you needed.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #6
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Thanks, but I run a Windows PC with Premierre CS3
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #7
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When I asked similar questions about cataloguing it was suggested that I look at CatDV.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #8
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don't see any mention of HD compatibility on the catDV site...
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Old December 6th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #9
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Hi Vincent
Good question.
I presume you shoot a lot of many different kinds of subject?

I use... the Dewey Decimal system!
Yes, the oldie but goodie that all libraries and bookshops use.

Check it out, it could be exactly what you need, plus there's a built in advantage in that everybody who reads more than a little will know how to operate it.

I just have a set of folders and subfolders set up using the DD system and use them for almost everything - i.e. I have one set for stills, one set for movie clips, one set for sound effects, one for research materials... you get my drift.

No databasing required, just a regular desktop search will bring almost anything I need to the window level almost instantaneously, much faster than any program I can think of.

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