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Find and organize video files using HoudahSpot

With HoudahSpot, it is easy to search your hard drive for media files. Just set the Content Kind criterion to Audio, Image, or Video – and HoudahSpot will look for files of the type specified.

If you’ve ever been looking for a specific photograph, you may have already used the pre-installed sample template named “My Photos”. It lists criteria that come in handy when searching images, like pixel count.

When searching for specific video files, other criteria come into play, e.g. duration, video codec or bit rates. We have prepared a template for HoudahSpot 4 that helps you sort through your moving images: the Video template is available for download here. It is pre-configured with a set of criteria and results columns that relate to video files.

Video files shown in HoudahSpot search results
Video files shown in HoudahSpot search results

After you’ve found the video files you were looking for, you can, for example, organize them by putting them into folders.

When exporting video clips for platforms like YouTube or Vimeo, you sometimes end up with a bunch of versions of the same video clip – in different sizes or bit rates. You may want to locate inferior quality versions of your clips and discard them.

You can also copy the search results list with all columns currently displayed by selecting the results, then go to “Results > Copy as Tab Delimited”. Paste the list into a spreadsheet application in order to further process the information.