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Wouldn't it be great if there were a tool that could manage your videos and movies as well as Apple's iTunes and iPhoto manage your music and your photographs? Now there is. Meet Usher, your personal movie assistant.

Find and Manage Everything

Usher is the ultimate movie and video assistant because it can see and manage pretty much everything:

Usher can manage the videos you keep on your hard drive, and it will do so even if you don't want to move your videos and movies into Usher's library—it's your choice as to whether or not Usher moves things into its library, or just helps you manage your collection in place.

Usher can see videos stored in iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture, providing easy management for these collections. You can add details to these videos, and then use Smart Playlists (as in iTunes) to quickly filter your collection on those details.

Watch, Identify, and Organize

You control playback: in window, separate window, full screen…

Watch Usher uses Apple's QuickTime technology, so it can play back any movie that you can watch in QuickTime Player. (Install Perian (see note below) and Flip4Mac to further extend QuickTime's playback powers.)

Note on Perian: This project was discontinued years ago; it's still available as a download on their site, and still seems to work, but use it at your own risk.

Usher allows you to watch videos directly in its window, in a separate window, or in full-screen mode. In the first two modes, you can choose between the QuickTime X-style 'hovering' controls, or fixed controls outside the playback area.

Tags, Properties, and the Auto-Properties button make short work of organizing your collection

Identify Once your collection has reached a certain size, watching becomes difficult without some way of identifying individual videos…and this task is one of Usher's strengths.

You can use Tags to help categorize movies, much like you use keywords in iPhoto to organize photos. Beyond Tags, Usher's Properties are multi-value fields that can, for instance, store the entire cast for a movie in one Property.

Usher makes it super easy to create Property entries for your commercial movies, too—an Auto-Properties button grabs the relevant data from Amazon, and populates the Properties fields for you.

Usher also includes a free-form auto-expanding Notes field, so if you like to keep notes about your movies, you can now store a near-limitless amount of text about each one. This text is fully searchable, too, meaning you can use the Notes field in Smart Playlists.

Folders, Playlists, and Smart Playlists offer fine-grained control over your collection's organization

Organize For the ultimate in organization, you can sort your movies and videos into Folders, and use Playlists and Smart Playlists to create filtered lists based on Tags, Properties, and other fields (such as Date Added).

Playlists and Smart Playlists in Usher work just like they do in iTunes and iPhoto, so if you're comfortable there, you'll be right at home in Usher.

With the power of Smart Playlists, your movie collection can be as organized as you want it to be.

A built-in batch renamer makes short work of renaming chores

One organization task that many people dread is renaming their recorded movies; there's just not much relevant information in a video clip titled MVI1023.MOV, but renaming tens or hundreds of similarly-named clips is tedium defined.

Typically, you'd have to resort to an independent app, such as our own Name Mangler, to rename all your badly-named videos. But Usher's got you covered there, too—it's got a built-in renaming tool that provides quite a few options for batch renaming.

Search and Ye Shall Find

Usher's search feature makes it simple to find just the movie you're looking for—and it works on the fly, as you type.

Search lets you find what you're looking for—fast!

By default, Usher searches everywhere for your search string. However, you can limit the scope of your search to the video's name, its location, or its Tags and Properties—or any combination of those items.

Extend Your Library

If you're working with a small internal drive—or have a huge collection—Usher's supplementary libraries allow you to access movies and videos stored on multiple drives, and treat them all as if they were part of one large collection.

Add as many supplementary libraries as you wish, and Usher will treat them all as an extension to your existing collection. This means you never have to worry about running out of drive space for your collection—just add a new drive, add it to Usher, and keep adding to your library.

Grow Your Collection

Usher can help you download videos from many web sites:

Select Usher > Integrate with Browser, and Usher will load a page in your preferred browser, containing a bookmark and instructions on how to install it in your browser.

With the bookmark installed, load up a video on a given site, then click the bookmark. Usher should then begin downloading the currently-loaded video, and (if you've set it up to do so) auto-converting it for use on the device of your choosing.

Note: This feature works with direct links to movie files. Note too that you are solely responsible for complying with the rules of the various sites, as well as copyright law in general, for any videos you choose to download.

Excellence is in the Details

Beyond its major features, Usher contains a number of small touches that make organizing and playing your videos an enjoyable experience:

  • Optional play-on-hover lets you see what's what without opening each movie file in the player.
  • iTunes movies, TV shows, videos, etc. have their own entries in the iTunes section of Usher's library.
  • You can perform basic (cut, copy, paste, revert) video editing right in Usher.
  • Whitelist and blacklist let you fine tune what Usher can and cannot see.
  • Easily rotate movies during playback (to correct orientation).
  • View your collection using list view, preview frames, cover images, or Cover Flow modes.
  • Wide-ranging preferences give you full control over Usher's behaviors.
  • Use your Apple hardware remote to run Usher.

With its combination of organizational tools and playback options, Usher really is your personal movie assistant.

“Usher is by far the easiest and most useful video management app.”
—Joseph Becker, Director, thinkfilm