22. NeoFinder and Videos
22.1 Movie Contact Sheet
22.2 Movie Metadata
22.3 NeoFinder and RED video files
NeoFinder supports a vast range of video files, and creates thumbnails of the movie files for you! It will also get the height and width of the video, as well as the duration and codec, if possible. For many file formats (mostly .mov, .m4v, and .m4p), as well as the EyeTV format, NeoFinder will even grab textual annotations, if the file contains them!
To get all this, make sure that the Videos preference for the Cataloging options is activated before you catalog your data:
A large number of formats are supported, currently including the file suffixes: .mov, .mp4, .avi, .divx, .m4v, .qt, .flv, .mpg, .mkv, .dv, .wmv, .3gp, and .EyeTV (the popular Elgato EyeTV recordings).
Some of these formats require QuickTime Plugins, such as Perian, Flip4Mac, or others. To test if you can catalog certain files, open them in QuickTime Player. If they play there, then NeoFinder should be able to generate a thumbnail of them.
What frame does NeoFinder grab for you?
NeoFinder doesn't simply grab the first frame of a movie, because that one is usually either black or otherwise boring, and NeoFinder doesn't do boring. Instead runs into about 20% of the complete duration of a movie, and grabs a frame from there. That gives you much better thumbnails!
Of course, there is a hidden setting to control that value, if you need a different frame. Note: This usually doesn't work for FLV and MKV files, as their QuickTime Plugin doesn't allow for that, and in that case NeoFinder simply gets the first movie frame as thumbnail.
To change the hidden preferences value, open up Terminal.app and type in:
defaults write de.wfs-apps.neofinder MovieStillFrame [val]
Replace [val] with an integer value of 0 to 100, indicating the percentage into the duration of the movie. The default value is 20.
And MPEG? And VOB?
NeoFinder even supports the cool ffmpeg tool to create thumbnails of several MPG related file formats, including: MPG, MXF (used by Sony XDCAM), M2V, M2TS, MPV, MTS, TS, and even VOB.
You need to download the proper ffmpeg binary from: http://ffmpegmac.net/.
Then install it to /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg so that NeoFinder can detect its presence and use it for you.
It would be nice if ffmpeg could simply come included with NeoFinder already, but their restrictive GPL licensing prevents this. Sorry.
The Digital Picture Exchange (DPX) video still files are supported by NeoFinder as well, starting with version 6.7. Please check the “Photos” section in the Preferences, as these are actually separate photo files for each frame. NeoFinder will generate a thumbnail for you, as well as reading the SMTPE timecode, if one is embedded in the DPX file.
Find all HD movies?
The Find Editor allows you to set up all kinds of queries, and you can use the Photo dimension parameters for videos as well. In fact, the “HD Movies” Smart Folder by default uses exactly that to find you all movies whose height is larger than 719 pixel, hence a HD movie. Of course, NeoFinder must have read the video metadata of your files during cataloging to be able to run such a Find.
What about Apple Final Cut Pro FCPX projects?
Apples video editing software stores its project data in “bundles” or “packages”, which look like real files, but are actually folders.
By default, NeoFinder ignores the content of such packages, so if you wish to catalog the content of your Final Cut Pro X projects, you need to turn OFF that option in the cataloging preferences before you catalog such a disk or folder:
There is more!
NeoFinder also offers a unique Movie Contact Sheet!
And NeoFinder also reads a lot of cool metadata for you: 22.2 Movie Metadata
And it can even catalog RED videos for you: 22.3 NeoFinder and RED video files