I’d like to introduce you to our first new piece of software for about two years: FindrCat. FinderCat is an easy-to-use app that converts your Final Cut Pro X Keywords into Finder Tags, so you can then filter and search for your media via Finder. In a world of Media Asset Management (MAM), and Digital Asset Management (DAM) this is a ‘no M’am’ asset organization tool.
The biggest advantage is that the FCP X keywords now travel with the media files, and will return to FCP X as keywords when re-imported, on any system.
It feels like a very appropriate app for us because it builds a full round-trip metadata workflow for Final Cut Pro X. I have long been aware of the fragility of Content Metadata (information about the content of our images) as it is only accessible with a project or FCP X Library. Now your keywords are available to list, view or search in Finder. On any system. There is no need to for transfer libraries, or complex asset management systems.
Not to dismiss the value of asset managements systems like CatDV, KeyFlo Pro, Kyno, Axel, etc, but the biggest reason they don’t get used, in my experience, is because it takes effort up front to get the value from these systems. You’ve already added Keywords in FCP X – why not just use them in Finder. (Most of the asset management systems will read keywords from FCP X, into their own proprietary database.)
FindrCat uses macOS Finder. No extra software required. You can list all tags in Finder, view them in List view or search tags, and other metadata, with simple or compound searches.
FindrCat is a direct result from a conversation Greg had with Alex Gollner (@Alex4D) and Benjamin Brodbeck at the recent Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit. Ben is a senior editor for Caterpillar, Inc and wanted a way to search all his media for a particular machine (among other uses). A month later and FindrCat is the result.
This type of interaction is why we go to events like the FCP X Creative Summit. While we can get information, even training, from the Internet, it’s the serendipitous interactions that make traveling to conferences and user group meetings worthwhile.