Videos are almost as common a part of our lives as photos – for some people maybe more so. The QNAP NAS system provides an easy way to manage your video collection with its Video Station application. Let’s take a look at how to get Video Station set up and working to keep all your videos at the tips of your fingers.
Setting Up Video Station on Your QNAP
The first step is making sure you have the Video Station app on your QNAP. When your go to your QTS Desktop, you’ll see there’s an icon there for it, but you have to click it to add it to your QNAP.
After it has downloaded and installed, click the icon and you can start getting acquainted with the environment.
If you read my earlier article on Photo Station, you’ll recognize the interface. It’s almost exactly the same, with similar functionalities adapted to video. The left column shows you collections (equivalent to photo albums) and gives you access to the Qsync utility and the Trash Can. The center panel will show you the contents of any collection selected to the left and the right column gives you fields for things like metadata specific to individual videos, as well as sharing controls.
To upload a video to your QNAP, go to Shared Videos at the top of the left column and click the Import icon that appears to the right of the label. You’ll get a standard navigation dialogue that will allow you to locate the video in its current storage location and upload to the QNAP.
In the right column, there are three tabs, as shown above. The first tab gives basic metadata that will be attached to the video file such as file type, dimensions, size, duration, etc.
On the second tab there are a couple of fields where you can add your own description, tags, and a 1 – 5 star rating, in a similar way to what’s possible in Photo Station.
I created a collection (basically an album of videos) for things related to Geek Beat. When I created the collection I was also able to set up sharing permissions, which will come in handy when we start passing these around to friends and coworkers.
You can drag videos from their original upload location to the new named folder. With the collection selected in the left column you can click on the Settings button (looks like a gear) in the upper right corner to set classifications and filters.
You can set a video source folder for the collection and a default categorization. The provided categories are Home Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, and Uncategorized. If you need to set different classifications for individual videos within a single collection, select a video, then go over to the right column, select the first tab for general metadata, and the second item on the list is Classification. Next to it is a drop-down box that provides the same categories available at the collection level.
Sharing Your Videos
Once you have your videos all organized and classified, there may be some you want to share. To share videos, click the third tab at the top of the right column. This will open your sharing options, with three more tabs, one for email, one for distributing through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and others), and one for simply creating a link to a video for distribution in any other way, such as through a web site. To use any of these you will have had to set the sharing permissions appropriately in Collection Settings (available after collection creation by right clicking on the collection name).
Just drag and drop the videos you want to share into the space on the tab, fill out required information like email addresses, or the social media site you want to share through, and you’re all set!
I hope you’ve gotten some tips here on how to organize and share your videos from your QNAP NAS. QNAP systems are jam-packed with various abilities and you can read our previous tutorials here, while waiting for our next installment. Happy video cataloging!