Bridge : Previews for Quicktime file

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As a compositor and motion designer, I have built a huge library of clips that i use to built my magic. Fire, smoke and gigs of other stuff. Apple Quicklook was a real help when browsing those files. With Maverick, they change architecture and now, they only support mp4 codecs through Quicklook. If Bridge could take over that would be really useful.
If I could launch Bridge, go to my Library, browse the folders, press the spacebar and have a quick preview of those quicktime files, That would be awesome. I dont mind if Bridge needs 100gig of space to build those previews or some sort of caching. From a folder, a library could be built with scheduled scanning for new items added. Just a thought?
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thierry roussel

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Chris Cox

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Bridge already does support previews of and playing movies (plus lots of Premiere and After Effects files).

What part isn't working for you?
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I think it is more a speed concern. When you get into a folder with 30 HD clips, the time Bridge takes to think about it, then create the thumbnails one by one. Then you shuffle through the clips and wait for a second for the preview to be accessible. then press the spacebar.
I was guessing if Bridge could already have indexing the files and build previews somehow, that would help. It's maybe because im on a network at work. Still it is a fiber channel access.
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Bridge does index them and build previews ahead of time - the same as for image files. But some video formats are a bit slow to thumbnail and parse for metadata (I know, because I had to help debug some of that).
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I will do some tests on monday with those folders, but local, not over the network, see if that speed things up.
Could that metadata and thumbnail created and Store somewhere for a folder for further access? I guess this would mean speed.
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They are cached in the Bridge cache (which can be stored per machine or per folder depending on your preferences - storing it in each folder is way better for network servers).