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Clipstart complements your photo application to give you a place that is designed for home movies. Import your videos, tag, search, and upload with one click to Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, and Twitter. You can even quickly upload a trimmed portion of a movie without needing to save a new copy. If you have dozens or hundreds of short videos from a Flip or video camera, Clipstart provides the workflow to finally make sense of them.

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • Adds a new Consolidate command for finding duplicates in your library, or adding files that aren't yet managed by Clipstart
  • New AppleScript support for uploading
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes


OS X 10.7 or later

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Timhere Member IconReview+6

I've been looking for a way to catalogue the thousands of video clips I've shot over the years, from crappy little things filmed on old mobile phones right up to high-def clips shot on a compact camera. Though itunes & iphoto and supposedly, iMovie can handle films, none fo them are up to the task of cataloguing them correctly. iLife really needs a new program to deal with this kind of thing, or give iMovie the same library handling as iPhoto has for movies. In the mean time - Clipstart is not too bad - it's really very basic and a little anaemic on features but with a great deal of polish could really become useful. So far, apart from a few stalls, and after a great deal of looking, it's the best thing I've found for the job.

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Version 1.3.3

I totally agree with you, iPhoto is AWFUL for movies, there should've been something to catalog movie files a long time ago, and nothing does it right. This is as close as it gets, but not quite there :-(

Formica Member IconComment+259

In addition to my previous comments, I've noticed another annoying behavior of this app. As soon as you startup ClipStart, it calls YouTube to obtain your "categories". I did not witness this behavior using Little Snitch, rather I started ClipStart when my WiFi was off, and then I got an error message that it "could not find your YouTube categories".

Mr./Ms. Developer, in case you hadn't noticed, people are getting pretty peeved about applications that constantly send our information to third party corporations (or worse) over the net without our knowledge or approval. So your app should not be coded to call out all over the internet before it even knows whether it's necessary. It should first check my YouTube preferences in ClipStart to see if I want it to upload videos there before trying to send my info to the company (and probably the other 3 video services it can upload to)! I mean, why did you even include individual preferences for each video service if you coded the app to ignore them and call those companies first and THEN check the prefs?

I guess ClipStart is the wrong app for me anyway. I was considering it simply to organize my home videos because its advertising claimed it would "complement your photo application to give you a place that is designed for home movies." But it seems our culture's rampant exhibitionism won out during the coding process, because its YouTube uploading capability dominates the app, not its home video management features. Of course, due to its constant crashing, pointless callouts, and mislabeled role, I have abandoned it.

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Version 1.2.4

Hi, I'm the developer of Clipstart. I haven't heard of the crash after playing a clip until now, so if you can email support I'd love to get more information about your setup and fix the bug.

As for calling YouTube to get the categories, you're absolutely right that it shouldn't need to do that on every launch. I'll make a change for the next version to grab them once and then store them locally so it doesn't need to fetch them again. However, as far as privacy is concerned, no personal information is sent until you upload a video, and then only the bare minimum to authenticate your account with YouTube, Flickr, or whatever the service is, and no data is ever sent back to my servers related to any accounts.

I hope this helps. Thanks for the feedback and let me know if you have any other questions. (Email is best if you need a quick answer, unless it's a comment that's useful to other customers.)

Formica Member IconReview+259

I like it, but it crashes at the end of playing EVERY clip without explanation or any catalyst that I can discern.

Also, I wish it did video conversions. You don't even have to add much code, just hook it into the QuickTime encoding framework. That would make it really useful and worth paying for. Right now it's just a nice way of organizing my disparately-filed home movies (or it would be if it didn't constantly crash), but it's not special enough to pay for -- especially at $29! And it has no preferences for customizing anything, except for account info for uploading to Flickr, etc. I have over 400 short videos I took of my children with 5 different digital cameras (not camcorders), and we love to watch them frequently. But even that's not enough to convince me to shell out 30 bills just to herd them all into one app. But make that app capable of manipulating those clips and I'll gladly fork over $30, but no more than that.

Nice, but not quite ready for prime time.

(2.4 GHz Core2Duo Unibody 13" MacBook running 10.6.2 with 4 GB of RAM)

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Version 1.2.4
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Downloads 7,299
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License Shareware
Date 03 Jul 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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