Those of us with a touch of OCD, the need to keep everything in some kind of order, the Mac is a godsend. It’s neat and tidy and everything just works.
For Mac users with more than a touch of OCD, and a video library that’s substantially more voluminous than the average bear (with apologies to Yogi Bear and his friend Boo-boo), you need a professional caliber tool. You know, to keep every video title organized, in place, clean, tidy.
Cinematica For Cinemaniacs
For Mac users with a growing collection of videos there are few choices for video management. iTunes is one. It’s free. It works. It’s messy, which is why we OCD-enabled folks look for alternatives.
Tops on my list is the Cinematica app works a bit like iTunes but only for video files. Music in iTunes. Photos in iPhoto. Videos in Cinematica.
That’s the way the world should work, right?
What you get in Cinematica is an organizational tool which expands the properties detail for each video file.
That lets you categorize and tag videos, add keywords, create playlists, and even create multiple video libraries (for professional vs. personal). Using Cinematica couldn’t be much easier. Drag a video file and it gets imported quickly, easily, and in the background.
The interface looks and works much like the standard Apple sets for iTunes and iPhoto, with Library and collections in the lefthand Sidebar, and video properties details in the center columns.
Adding videos to the library is drag and drop, and conversion, if needed, is handled by Cinematica in the background.
Cinematica also works with the VLC multi-format video player, and FFmpeg and FFprobe to get added features.
Can you do the same thing in iTunes? Yes. And no. iTunes doesn’t have the same level of properties collecting as Cinematica, and, of course, is cluttered up with everything else iTunes does– playlists, music, TV shows, apps, podcasts, internet radio and more.
If you truly, deeply, madly need to caress that OCD gene, and you have a humongous video collection, Cinematica is the cure.