Media Organization Made Easy

Quickly and easily organize thousands of photos and videos into groups.

Filter out files you don’t want and say goodbye to photo duplicates.

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Features

One Click

One click organization of your files, the way you want them

Deduplication

Prevent duplicates from entering your collections

Customized Folders

Choose your folder structure, and your files will be filed automatically

File Renaming

Choose how to name your files, and they will all be named accordingly

Photos & Videos

Images, Photos, and Videos all organized at once

Multiple Inputs

Find photos and videos in as many locations as you want

Multiple Outputs

Write photos and videos to as many locations as you want.

Camera Import

Import files directly from your camera to your organized structure

RAW Files

Organize RAW format files in addition to standard photos

File Filtering

Filter which files are allowed in which collection

iPhoto

Find files in, or write files to iPhoto Libraries

Photo Booth

Find photos taken with Photo Booth

Dropbox

Find files in, or write files to Dropbox

Google Drive

Find files in, or write files to Google Drive

Auto Sift

Automatically monitor and sift new files

One click operation
Connect your phone, press sift, and all your files are organized.

Silent Sifter remembers where you files are coming from, where they are going to, and how you want them.

When you connect your camera, it will recognize that, remember that you want files from that camera copied to Folder X and organized by Year/Month/Day and PNG files to be ignored.

It works the same way for any photo source: a folder, an SD card, a camera, a smartphone, dropbox, and so on. And it does it for all of them at the same time.

There is only one click between you and organization.

Duplicate Prevention
Silent Sifter detects and prevents copying of duplicate photos and videos into your photo collection.

Instead of removing duplicates from your collection, why not avoid adding them in the first place?

How does it do this?

SS analyzes your input files, compares them to each other as well as all of your output files, identifies duplicates, and skips copying them.

This means you can sift the same files over and over, and only the new files will get copied. For example, if you plug in your smartphone, and sift all your files, only the new files will be added, exactly once for each output.

You have full control over the tradeoff between speed and quality of duplicate prevention; you can choose ‘best quality’, which used MD5 checksums, which will take more time, or you can choose ‘medium quality’ which does a great job, and is much faster, but is not perfect.

Folder Grouping
Silent Sifter will group your photos/videos into folders based on your preferences.

Default Behavior
Out of the box, Silent Sifter separates Photos and Videos, and then suborganizes them by Year and Month. For example, a photo might be in the folder /Photos/2012/03 – March/

Presets
Of course, you can change this structure to whatever you like. Silent Sifter has 20+ presets to let you organize however you choose.

Customization
If none of the presets work for you, then you can build your own structure, based on any combination of:

  • Date (y/m/d/h/m/s in your choice of format)
  • Original Filename
  • Camera Make
  • Camera Model
  • Resolution
  • File type
  • File extension
  • Video duration
  • Original parent folder
  • Custom Text
  • Any other photo metadata (Exif, ExifAux, TIFF, IPTC, MakerNikon, MakerCanon) i.e. Aperture, ISO, Keywords, Category, SupplementalCategory, Caption, Subject…and so on.
  • Any OSX Spotlight metadata (CreateDate, ModifyDate, Tags, etc)

Best of all, if you want to have different structures for different output folders, you can customize them separately. For example, if you want to organize PNGs by Month and parent folder, but want your JPGs to be organized by Y/M/D, that’s easy to do.

File Renaming
Silent Sifter will rename your photos/videos (or not) based on your preferences.

Default Behavior
Out of the box, Silent Sifter will rename your photos by adding a timestamp for when the photo or video was taken to the front of the file. For example, a photo named IMG_1234.JPG might be renamed to 201203121155_IMG_1234.JPG

Presets
Of course, you can disable or change the renaming setting to whatever you like. Silent Sifter has 20+ presets to let you rename your files however you choose.

Customization
If none of the presets work for you, then you can build your own renaming rules, based on any combination of:

  • Date (y/m/d/h/m/s in your choice of format)
  • Original Filename
  • Camera Make
  • Camera Model
  • Resolution
  • File type
  • File extension
  • Video duration
  • Original parent folder
  • Custom Text
  • Any other photo metadata (Exif, ExifAux, TIFF, IPTC, MakerNikon, MakerCanon) i.e. Aperture, ISO, Keywords, Category, SupplementalCategory, Caption, Subject…and so on.
  • Any OSX Spotlight metadata (CreateDate, ModifyDate, Tags, etc)

Best of all, if you want to have different renaming rules for different output folders, you can customize them separately. For example, if you want to rename PNGs to include resolution, but want your JPGs to be renamed the same way Aperture does, that’s easy to do.

Photo and Video Support
Silent Sifter supports both photos and videos in many formats. Some formats have full support and others are limited to basic support.

Below is a list, but if a file type is not listed, that just means we have not tested it. If you want to know if a file type will work, send us an example, and we will test it for you.

Photo Formats Supported:
JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, AI, PSD, JPEG2000, XCF, BMP, ICNS, CR2, CRW, ERF, RAF, 3FR, DCR, RAW, DNG, MRW, NRW, ORF, RW2, PEF, MOS, ARW, SR2, X3F*, KDC*, PPM*, ARI*, SRF*, BAY*, CAP*, IIQ*, EIP*, DCS*, DRF*, K25*, FFF*, PTX*, R3D*, RWL*, RWZ*, SRW* and more.

Video Formats Supported:
MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, MTS*, MKV*, VOB*, M2TS* and more.

Basic support is noted by an asterisk*, and varies from full support in the ability to read metadata about the file (i.e. basic supported files cannot detect camera model, for example).

Multiple Inputs
You can tell Silent Sifter to look for photos and videos in as many locations as you want.

That means you can add all the iPhones, iPads, SD Cards, Cameras, Photo Booth, iPhoto, Dropbox, Google Drive or folders you want.

Silent Sifter will detect which of the inputs are available (i.e. cameras, network share drives) and sift all of the photos/videos from each of them.

If you disconnect a device, it will remember the folder structure, file renaming, and filters for that device and use them the next time you connect it.

This is perfect for when you want to connect all your devices, one-click the sifter to organize the files, and then walk away.

Multiple Outputs
You can configure as many outputs from Silent Sifter as you want, and they are each customizable with filters, folder structure, and file renaming.

Why?

  • You can have Silent Sifter copy all your files to two locations, for backup reasons. Maybe one of those outputs is on Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • You can have Silent Sifter copy all of your files to one location, and just the photos to iPhoto.
  • You can have Silent Sifter copy all of you JPGs to one folder, and organize by Y/M/D, and copy all of your RAW files to another folder, and organize them by Camera/Y/M/D.

The possibilities are infinite.

Dropbox and Google Drive
Dropbox and Google Drive are popular tools for storing photos from smartphones, and backing up photos.

You can configure root folders or subfolders as either inputs or outputs from Silent Sifter.

For example, if you use Dropbox to store photos from your iPhone, but then later clean those photos off Dropbox to your harddrive, then you can configure Dropbox as an input.

On the other hand, if you keep your entire collection on Dropbox for backup reasons, then you can configure Dropbox as an output from Silent Sifter.

Or you might do both, in which case you can take disorganized files from one folder on Dropbox, let Silent Sifter organize them, and copy them into a photo collection folder on Dropbox.

Note that a valid Dropbox/Google Drive account and Mac client software are pre-requisites for using them with Silent Sifter.

iPhoto and Photo Booth
If you are using a Mac, you probably have used one or both of iPhoto and Photo Booth.

Silent Sifter can import photos from both iPhoto and Photo Booth, and centralize them with the rest of your files.

You can also have Silent Sifter output files into iPhoto if you would like. You can use as many iPhoto Library files as you would like, as either inputs or outputs. This allows you to use Silent Sifter’s features, such as renaming, filtering, duplicate prevention and collision prevention prior to files being imported to iPhoto.

The way this works is the files are copied to iPhoto, and the next time you launch iPhoto and open the appropriate Library file, iPhoto will import the files into your library.

Limitations:

  • Folder structure customization is not supported
  • PhotoBooth cannot be an output

Versions:
Silent Sifter has been tested extensively with iPhoto within iLife ‘11 (9.2.3), and should be backwards compatible with iPhoto within iLife ‘09 (8.0), and even iPhoto within iLife ’08 (7.x).

Collision Prevention
Have you ever tried to copy a photo into a folder, and got a warning, ‘IMG_0123.JPG already exists, would you like to replace it, cancel, or keep both files?’

That is a photo collision.

Silent Sifter will detect these situations and automatically rename the file with an index (i.e. 00001) and copy it over.

Combined with duplicate prevention, this is really powerful – it saves you duplicates and lost photos both.

How does a filename collision happen?

  • It might mean that you already copied that picture in there.
  • Or it might mean that your camera filename counter has come full circle, and has gotten back to 0123 again; in which case the two photos are unique.
  • Or it might mean that your iPhone and your spouse’s iPhone named two files the same thing.

Without Silent Sifter, you have to figure this out yourself, by looking at the two pictures side by side. But nobody has time for that, so you just copy it and have duplicates all over.

With Silent Sifter, Photo Collision analysis is behind you.

And it works for videos too.

Smart Dates
Silent Sifter uses the best available date signifying the when the photo or video was taken, and uses it when organizing the file.

Silent Sifter will always use EXIF or IPTC timestamps created by the Camera itself if they are available. If EXIF/IPTC are not available, Silent Sifter will choose either the Last Modified or Create Date from the OSX Finder attributes.

Non-Destructive
Silent Sifter does NOT change EXIF or other metadata data on copies. By default, all original files are left as-is. If you want to remove the original files after they are copied, you have the option to enable this in a setting for each input. You can move the files to a ‘Sifted’ folder, or you can delete the files after sifting if they were successfully copied or identified as duplicates. You can choose to have Silent Sifter confirm with you before it does so, or do it automatically. Or you can leave the files as is.

We want you to be able to determine what to do with photos/videos that you have sifted.

Speed preferences
Performing duplicate and collision prevention can take some time, especially when you have large photo collections.

That is why we have given you the ability to enable / disable duplicate prevention and collision prevention to make the sift process faster, and behave the way you want.

If you disable duplicate prevention, Silent Sifter will not analyze the photos/videos in the output destinations, and that can save you a lot of sift time if you are confident that you don’t have any duplicates.

Fast Processing
Silent Sifter is faster than the competition, regardless of whether you turn duplicate prevention on or off.

Disabling duplicate prevention, our sorting speeds are 2x the competition. With duplicate prevention disabled, you can sift more than 1000 files per minute (depending on your pc speed/RAM/etc).

Our duplicate prevention algorithm is 95% accurate and 3x faster than our competition. With duplicate prevention enabled, the performance is approximately double that if you have a medium to small size photo collection.

If you have a large (20,000 or more) photo collection, and run the sifter with duplicate prevention enabled, the first time you run the sifter we recommend you do it overnight because it could take several hours.

The good news is that in all cases with duplicate prevention, Silent Sifter will be much faster on subsequent sift operations because analysis data is cached for future sift operations.

Device Support
Silent Sifter will support numerous devices and photo/video sources. You can add any of the following:

  • Smartphones: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android devices, or any other phone that OSX recognizes as a Camera
  • External Storage: External hard drives, USB memory sticks, SD Cards, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other device that OSX recognizes as a Disk
  • Network Storage: NFS mounted, shared network, WebDAV or any drive that OSX recognizes as a Disk
  • Cloud Storage: Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other cloud service that has a client that behaves like a Disk in OSX
  • Local Applications: iPhoto and Photo Booth
Auto Sift

If an input has AutoSift enabled, then Silent Sifter will attempt to monitor that input for changes, and will automatically sift that location to all enabled outputs when changes are detected. Silent Sifter needs to be running in order to AutoSift.

When an automatic sift is triggered, it will run in the background, and only notify you if any files are copied. You can review the automatic sift history in the same history screen as all manually started sift operations.

There is a delay between the time that a change is detected, and the time that AutoSift begins. There must have been no changes for ~2minutes before AutoSift will commence.

Two types of events will trigger an autosift of an input. 1) Connecting of an input, and 2) Detection of media file additions to an input.

Event type 1) Connecting of an input, applies to Cameras and volume mounted folders (SD Cards, external hard drives, network file shares, etc).

Event type 2) Detection of media file additions to an input, only works properly for Apple OSX formatted drives. This means that Silent Sifter may not detect media file additions on some network file shares and external hard drives.

How It Works

Centralize

Centralize your photo and video collection so you have everything in one place.

Organize

Organize your photos and videos into a logical folder structure, based on year, month, day, time, camera, resolution, duration, or whatever custom structure you would like.

Repeat

When you have new photos or videos, click once to have them all organized the way you want them.

1. Add Your Inputs

Tell Silent Sifter where the files are that you want to sift.

They can be on your hard drive, on a camera, smartphone, tablet, external drive, SD card, thumb drive, network share drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, you name it.

Configure as many inputs as you want. If a camera or SD Card is not accessible, Silent Sifter will ignore it until it is connected again. Just drag the folders or Library files you want as inputs into Silent Sifter, and drop them in the Inputs area. Connect any Cameras you want to be used as inputs, and they will automatically be added.

2. Add your Outputs

Tell Silent Sifter where you want your files to be written. Add as many outputs as you want, no problem. Just drag the folders or Library files you want as outputs into Silent Sifter, and drop them in the Outputs area.

3. Customize (if you want)

You can optionally customize the folder structure, file renaming rules, and filters for each input/output you have configured.

If you don’t change anything, files will be organized by Photo/Video then by Year then by Month and the timestamp the file was created will be added as a prefix to the filename.

If you want to customize, there are a plethora of possibilities; file type, create date, filename, resolution, camera, video duration, you name it.

4. Sift Your Files

Next, Press the Sift or Start button.

Silent Sifter will find all photos and videos in your input locations, read their metadata, compare them against the photos and videos in your output locations to prevent duplicates, apply your folder structure, file renaming rules, and filters, then copy the files to the outputs.

You’re done.

5. See What Happened (if you want)

You can optionally look at the log files to see what Silent Sifter did, and why.

Why was file X deemed a duplicate? What did file Y collide with?

All is revealed in the sift history log.

6. Move on with Your Life

You close Silent Sifter and go on with your life, instead of manually sorting photos for hours!

Last, Sift Again

The best part is that next time you want to add photos to your collection, you can start at step Four.

Silent Sifter remembers all of your settings, and is ready to sift again using the same rules, from the same inputs, to the same outputs, with a single click.

This means that you walk up, connect your iPhone (or other device) to your Mac, open Silent Sifter and press ‘Start’. In a couple of minutes, all of your new files are safely organized in your file structure according to your preferences.

Uses

Perfect for you if

  • You aren’t happy with how your photos are organized, but are dreading cleaning them up
  • You have a camera, smartphone, or SD card full of files and need to clear some space
  • You have your Photos or Videos stored in multiple places and wish they were centralized
  • You aren’t sure which files you have copied from your camera and which you haven’t
  • You have multiple cameras and want all of their photos organized
  • You are a photography enthusiast or professional and want to organize your vast library of files into a custom structure (By Camera, Date, Type, RAW vs JPG, etc)

Getting Organized

  • Organize by year, month, camera, resolution, file type, or whatever custom structure you want
  • Import from multiple cameras directly to your organized structure
  • Filter out files you don’t want
  • Rename files to whatever you choose
  • Automatically removes duplicates and prevents file collisions
  • Supports Photos, Videos, RAW files
  • iPhoto input/output support
  • Photo Booth input support
  • Easy to set up
  • No manual work needed to organize your files
  • Fast processing

Staying Organized

  • Silent Sifter remembers your settings
  • Connect your camera again, and with one click import, organize, rename, filter all of your files exactly how you would like
  • Same files on your camera? No problem, Silent Sifter will detect the duplicates and only copy new files.

Screenshots
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Videos

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Sample Folder Structures

There are infinite ways of organizing your photos and videos with Silent Sifter, but you may want to see some examples of how you can organize. By no means is this an exhaustive list – there are options we don’t show, and combinations we have not thought of.

If you are wondering how to configure Silent Sifter to organize your files how you want – contact us using the feedback widget.