Clipstart review

What iTunes does for music and iPhoto does for digital images, Clipstart does for locally stored video clips. Those unforgettable, once in a lifetime moments snatched on your mobile phone, camcorder or webcam can now be organised in a central library in the same way as the rest of your media.

Clipstart scans and imports your existing clips from your hard drive or camera at launch – copying the lot to a library folder like iTunes. Although you can opt to leave your media where it is.

The program automatically organises your clips into year order. You can then edit the name and date, and edit tags to create ad hoc groups or identify clips. Clipstart’s search mode interrogates embedded information or tags – so you can look for videos made in a specific year. Other reviewers have reported buggy behaviour here, but it worked fine when we tried it.

Quicklook behaviour is built in – as it is throughout OS X. Confusingly, you have to hit C-Y instead of the space bar though. There’s a UI clash here. In video and audio programs the space bar usually pauses or restarts playback, which may explain this counter-intuitive choice.

Clipstart allows you to upload clips to Flickr or Vimeo but YouTube isn’t currently supported. That shouldn’t matter too much when Snow Leopard comes along though – with YouTube uploads built into QuickTime X.
Videos can be trimmed before uploading and the editing is non-destructive so you don’t have to worry about deleting favourite footage. The program keeps track of the videos you’ve uploaded in a History window and you can quickly navigate back to videos online.

OUR VERDICT

Appealing to video bloggers and fans of funny clips rather than serious video editors or professional users, Clipstart has a little more growing to do – but this is a good start.

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