Table of Contents


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:

NeoFinder can catalog video thumbnails for you!



A large number of formats are supported, currently including the file name suffixes: .mov, .mp4, .avi, .divx, .m4v, .qt, .flv, .mpg, .mkv, .dv, .wmv, .3gp, .webm, and .EyeTV (the popular EyeTV recordings).


neofinder-videos



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, WEBM, FLV, and even VOB.

You need to download the proper ffmpeg binary from:
https://evermeet.cx/ffmpeg/

Extract the downloaded archive. You should get a folder that contains a file named "ffmpeg".

Select LIBRARY in NeoFinder and use the context menu to "Reveal in Finder". This will normally show you the NeoFinder folder in
/Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/NeoFinder/

Place the ffmpeg file in there, so that NeoFinder can start using it.

ffmpeg in NeoFinder

It would be nice if ffmpeg could simply come included with NeoFinder already, but the very restrictive GPL licensing of ffmpeg very much prevents this. Sorry.


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.

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 DPX?

The Digital Picture Exchange (DPX) video still files are supported by NeoFinder as well. 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 an HD movie. Of course, NeoFinder must have read the video metadata of your files during cataloging to be able to run such a Find.

HD Movie Smart Folder



Find all video codecs?

Now that Apple has announced to finally eradicate QuickTime and all its extensions from macOS, and removing support for a lot of older video codecs, you probably need to quickly search your projects for such files, and convert them while you still can.

For this reason, NeoFinder now offers a search for Codecs as well:

find video codecs with NeoFinder


You can either type the four character code for that codec, or simply copy the string that NeoFinder displays for the codec in the Inspector. Or use the new Label Menu in the Inspector directly:






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:




Image sequences?


If you use separate image files for each frame of your project during post-production, you will have folders with thousands of similar files, named with a common name and a file number sequence.

Cataloging these sequences can take very long, as generating thumbnails of formats like DPX is very slow, and creating these for other image formats is still expensive in regards of processing time.

In most cases, you don't really want a thumbnail for every single frame, so NeoFinder now has the ability to discover such sequences, and "fold" them together. If that happens, NeoFinder will only generate a thumbnail for a single frame, and not for thousands. This will be massively faster!

You activate this option in the Cataloging Preferences
.

image sequences prefs

If this option is active, instead of this:




NeoFinder will much faster catalog this for you:



For volumes with multiple large post processing projects and thousands of such files, this will save a lot of time.

NeoFinder by default will detect image sequences for the formats: TIF, TIFF, PNG, EXR, PSD, PSB, JPG, JPEG, VDB, DPX, DNG.

If you need a different set of formats for these, you can override these settings in the
DatabaseSettings.xml

NeoFinder will create a thumbnail for one frame in about 33% of the sequence, so you don't get a boring black starter frame for the thumbnail.

The meta ".sequence" file has the size of all "folded" files combined, so you still know the proper size of all data.

NeoFinder will fold all detected sequences of 5 or more files with the exact same base name, file name suffix, and with a consecutive number. So if there are numbers missing in the sequences, NeoFinder will generate multiple sequence items for you.

As this feature is very new, we are still looking for feedback!




There is a lot more!


NeoFinder also offers a unique
Movie Contact Sheet!
And NeoFinder also reads a lot of cool metadata for you:
22.2 Movie Metadata
NeoFinder can even catalog RED videos for you:
22.3 NeoFinder and RED video files