Cataloging and photographing auction items can be a very time-consuming process. Especially if you are also recording videos. Here’s a time-saving hack that might come in handy: don’t take the pictures. Just shoot really high-quality videos and extract the pictures using a free sofware application. Here’s how.
Keep in mind that this trick may not be suitable for every single auction. Experiment a little before you spend an entire day cataloging auction items by video.
Step 1: Create High-Quality Videos
Make sure that your recording device is set to use the highest quality settings possible. If your device has an image-stabilization option, turn it on. Start with the best view of the item and slowly move around it. Move in closer or zoom in on interesting details. Don’t move to quick or you’ll end up with blurry pictures. Explore the item as if you were interested in buying it.
* BONUS TIP * If you really want to save time, consider using YouTube for a dirty, fast, and free audio transcription that you can then turn into a digital catalog without having to write or type anything. Even if you don’t use this tip, you can still benefit from talking about the items while you film.
Step 2: Download GOM Media Player
GOM Media Player is freeware video playback software developed by the South Korean company, Gretech Corp.
[UPDATED 3/15/15] Like much Freeware, this program does include the option to install Adware. Unlike many others, GOM does a decent job informing the user and providing a clear path to avoiding the Adware. You just have to read the installation instructions. Apparently the software also includes a compression program that can sometimes raise false-positive flags during virus scans. The program is available from a fairly reputable sources and it passed screening via Microsoft Security Essentials on my own computer. Thanks to Tim Barkley, an auctioneer in Ohio for bringing this issue to our attention on Facebook.
Step 3: Capture the Images
You’ll be surprised how easy this is. Here’s a video demonstration followed by an outline of the basic steps:
- Open the GOM player
- Click the Open icon and select the video file
- Open the Control Panel and click the [Advanced Capture] button
- Choose your settings & experiment:
- Select the folder where you want to save the image files
- Set “Output Ratio” to “Based on display aspect ratio”
- Select JPEG image format
- Set JPEG quality (1 is lowest and 255 is highest)
- Set “Burst Capture Images” to the number of pictures you want to capture
- Set “Burst Interval” to the number of seconds in-between image captures
- Play the video, then click the [Burst Capture] button
As the video plays, the images will be saved to the file folder you selected. Pick and choose the ones you want to upload to your auction catalog and delete the rest. That’s it!
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