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Here are some apps that I love and use every day. Some are expensive, some are free, but all of them have saved me lots of time and money.
I'm in no way paid or affiliated with these apps. I just think they are good enough to talk about.
Hedge & Hedge connect
Fast Simultaneous media backups
This is my favorite data offloading program because it is fast. It is used during production for offloading media to multiple backups. It doesn't have bells and whistles of other programs like Shotput Pro, but it kills every program out there in speed. And speed is really what matters on set because you don't want to hold up production because data is still transferring. It uses the same data security checksum as the competition (xxHash64) so you can be sure your data transfers safely, but where it really excels is it's Fast Lane feature. Somehow Hedge has cracked the OSX to transfer files way faster than Shotput Pro, sometimes even outpacing Finder, which is incredible. Hedge Connect is their companion app that sends you transfer updates to your phone so you can walk away from the computer and be sure things are transferring smoothly. Where it lacks is its transfer logs. If you want fancy transfer logs with clip details and thumbnails, this isn't the program for you. Hedge's transfer logs are simple text .txt files that outline what files move where and their accompanying checksum. Personally, I have both Shotput Pro and Hedge. I'll use Shotput Pro if I need to "wow" the Editor with media information, and I'll use Hedge if I need to be quick on set. I've used Shotput Pro once.
aja system test lite
Drive speed tester
This is very useful in testing the transfer speeds of portable drives. I like to test every drive that comes my way and put the notes in a spreadsheet. This way I can always have a running idea of what drives are good in the field. This is incredibly simple to use and has been very reliable.
Finds the largest files and folders on your mac
Sometimes you just want to quickly find out what is eating up all of your space. This will analyze any hard drive and list all of the files and folders from biggest to smallest. Then you can send anything to the trash right from the app.
Simple gif creator
Finally, you don't have to touch Photoshop or upload to a website to make a gif! Import a video file, make a screen recording (desktop or on your cell phone), or record from your webcam. Set the in/out points, resize, crop, change the frame rate, and add captions or overlay images. And the best part, which was so frustrating in Photoshop, is color optimization. Unlike Photoshop with it's mind numbing color optimization options, Gif Brewery strips it down and makes it so simple to optimize colors. Gif Brewery > Photoshop.
Cleans and optimizes your Mac
It's spendy, but totally worth it. I use this to make sure my system is running smoothly. It removes junk that could potentially drop performance or cause damage in the future. The two features I use the most are "Remove System Junk" and "Run Maintenance Scripts." It also has a great system dashboard that I can access from the menu bar so I can see how my computer is handling at any point. Another cool feature is its Shredder. It goes beyond system delete and scrambles the file data so it becomes unrecoverable. Great for sensitive data. There are also a few other features that come with it that I haven't used yet. You get plenty for the $$.
Unmount any drive from the menu bar
Unmounting a drive isn't the longest process on a mac, but when you do it constantly throughout the day, it is nice to have something that is always in plain sight. To unmount a drive, simply click the icon in the menu bar, then click the drive name. It also has an awesome "Eject All" feature to eject everything at once. Sometimes I'll have a hub attached to my laptop with multiple drives attached, and I'll click "Eject All", unplug the hub, and go.
Macs fan control
Controls your mac's fan speed
This lets you fine tune how you want your mac's fans to operate. Since I don't mind the extra fan noise, I have mine set to kick on sooner than normal so that heat doesn't slow down my renders as much. I understand there are probably other/better options out there, but this is the one I'm currently using, and it's been great.
Tidies up your menu bar
No one wants to see your unruly mess of apps. Get your sh*t together and sort them out with Bartender. It has plenty of settings to show or hide your menu icons. Personally what I like to do is have the top 3 most frequently used icons always visible, then hide the rest under Bartender. Ahhh, now that feels better...