The way I manage photos and videos on my Mac is the time honored tradition of iPhoto and iMovie and the Documents folder. What doesn’t stay in iPhoto and iMovie gets placed in a folder hierarchy in Documents, occasionally moved to a projects folder. Still, I look around for new ways to manage the growth of photos and video clips (now over 20,000 strong).
I’ve tried Aperture, Lightroom, Adobe’s Bridge and a few other Mac apps, but nothing has the staying power of tradition. Until Silent Sifter. This flexible app could change your mind about how you manage photos and videos.
Why would you need an organizational method beyond iPhoto or iMovie?
Silent Sifter answers that question with an array of organizing options. Organize both photos and videos by year, by month, by camera, by file type, even by resolution. Use the built-in filters to remove files you don’t want to manage.
Silent Sifter plays nice nice with your photos and doesn’t care much where they are, as it sifts through you photos and videos.
Silent Sifter is non-destruction and doesn’t change EXIF data on copies and doesn’t modify original files. As far as I can see it handles all popular Mac photo formats, RAW photo formats, and most of the popular video file formats.
It finds file duplicates, lets you customize the file folder organization structure, and rename files for easier management. You can also import photos and videos straight from your camera. It’s smart enough to use both Dropbox and Google Drive (but requires apps and accounts for each, of course).
Use the app with devices connected to your Mac via USB, including SD cards, external disks, network disks, even iPhone and iPad.
Silent Sifter claims to be fast, and, all things considered, it is. But it took over an hour to sift through about 22,000 photos and videos. Still, I don’t know of an easier, faster way to take many tens of thousands of photos and video clips and get them organized in a hurry.
In fact, that’s one of the reasons we leave our files where they are– reorganizing is usually a daunting task that could take hours and even days. Silent Sifter gets a lot of five star reviews and deservedly so, but it’s also a commitment. Once you start managing your files differently than you do now you’re moving down a new, uncharted road.