To hear my wife tell it, my Mac has a multiple personality disorder. How so? There are multiple ways to do the same thing. For example, how many ways can you store and manage video clips on your Mac?
Including iMovie and iPhoto, there must be a dozen different ways, all with a few different features. We have video clips in iPhoto, which just seems wrong. Is there a better way to manage video clips on a Mac?
Managing Video Clips The Old Way
Once upon a time Mac users handled video clips the same way as any other file or document. Create a folder, drop it in, and hope to remember where it went.
Along came iPhoto and iTunes and iMovie and video clip management got worse.
Worse? Yes. We store video clips and projects in iMovie, finished videos in iTunes, and forgotten video clips in iPhoto. That’s the result of using digital cameras which make photos and videos.
iMovie makes it easy to upload video clips to YouTube and MobileMe. iPhoto makes it easy to upload photos to Flickr. iTunes makes it easy to move photos and videos to an iPod and iPhone.
See the problem? There are too many tools doing the same thing, only different. My video collection management tool of choice for a number of years has been FootTrack. It’s a great way to manage video clips, but doesn’t do much for sharing those clips.
Clipstart Shares Video Clips (sometimes)
Face it. We’re into sharing our photos and video these days. Not just email. Not just dumping them on a CD or DVD. We share our creations with the whole world via Flickr, YouTube and friends.
Enter Clipstart, the not-quite-perfect way to organize and share video clips, and definitely a look at future media managing and sharing tools.
Clipstart is a central library for storing video clips, making them easy to tag and find, and even easier to share with online sites. Start with the Preferences. Simple. Elegant. Obvious.
Start by choosing what kinds of video clips you’ll use. Then, set up your online accounts, currently limited to YouTube, Flickr Video, and Vimeo (the publishers promise that others will be provided later).
Easy enough so far, right? At this point Clipstart shines. Select Import from the menu and pull in clips from wherever you keep them. Add tags to each clip so they can be sorted and stored and searched.
Select a video clip and click the Upload To… tab. It’s that easy. To make sure you have the right video clip, there’s also a play button to view a larger image.
That’s easy and simple and fun.
Clipstart also lets you upload a trimmed section of your movie without having to run it back through iMovie for editing. The key to understanding Clipstart’s value increases as the number of your video clips increases.
If you have a few dozen videos, don’t worry about it.
If you have a few thousand clips, representing dozens of movies, Clipstart becomes very handy. Clipstart imports video from your iPhone 3GS and the iPod nano with video. Also, Flip cameras and SD cards with video clips.
Adding tags is easy. Click on the clip. Hit the keyboard. Tags make it easier to browse hundreds or thousands of video clips, by tag, year, file name, and so on. You can even capture video clips from your Mac’s built-in iSight camera.
Uploads to Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, and Twitter are merely a click. If you’re in to Viddler or Blip.tv you’ll have to wait for another version. If you’re into HD movies, the latest version of Clipstart handles that, too.
Clipstart isn’t FootTrack and doesn’t come with the same clip management bells and whistles. But in the age of video clip sharing, Clipstart does that well, but needs more options to compete with iPhoto and iMovie, both of which are free.