One of my goals of this site is to profess my belief that the built in applications on the Mac (and I am including both iLife and iWork in that category) can fulfill most people’s needs without any additional software. Mail is a really great email program. TextEdit is a really decent basic word processor. iPhoto is great for organizing photos and doing basic corrections… iPhoto… Let’s talk about iPhoto…
It sucks monkey nuts at organizing video. I’m not talking about movies or TV shows – I’m talking all of the video us parent types like to shoot of our two year olds with those Flip Cameras we got for Fathers Day. Or the footage of the hockey leagues our kids play that we shot with our pocket digital camera. You know, those random, personal video snippets. iPhoto tries really hard. It will import that stuff into your iPhoto library just fine and then it will, well, try to treat it like a photo. Double-click the thing and, does it open it and play it right there? No. It launches Quicktime. Quicktime for Hades sake! And don’t even get me started on how bad iMovie is at such things. <Sigh>
Clipstart fills this massive void and does so by doing one thing really well – organizing your personal video and making it easy to tag, find and share it. It automagically sorts everything by year, makes navigating and tagging your videos as keyboard friendly as possible, and can upload your stuff to Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo or Twitter. It even has some basic editing capability so you can delete the fact that your thumb was covering the lens for the first minute you were rolling. Watch the video to get a sense of how wonderful in it’s simplicity this all is.
I really can’t say enough good things about it or how badly needed this app was before it existed. If you have a lot of home movies, buy this. Seriously.