If you're one of those people who loves to classify and organize their non-iTunes movies and Media, then you're in for a treat.
Subler is a neat little application which helps you to organize your media library and keep it... Well, neat and clean. Unlike the majority of applications in this niche, Subler is a no-nonsense application and doesn't require any particular expertise to use.
Subler in Action
When you've downloaded and installed this particularly useful free application, all you have to do is drag and drop your media file (Movie / TV Show) into the subler icon in your Dock and it loads right up.
As opposed to what one would expect from this application, Subler doesn't have tiny little slots or text fields for you to fill in metadata and information about the Movie (or TV Show). Instead, you simply click on a Search button on the top-righthand corner and almost always, Subler finds the right information for you. Subler then asks you to choose from a variety of DVD Covers (Artwork) for your file, all of which are the perfect dimensions. If however you prefer to have stills of the video instead of artwork, you need only click the "Load More Artwork" button enough times.
Once you're done, click Okay and save your file (Command-S). In addition to its vast storehouse of features, Subler also allows you to choose what format you'd like to save your app in (MP4 and the likes). I usually drag the saved file straight into iTunes after that for its visual appeal and organizational abilities. That's pretty much everything there is to know about how Subler works. Nifty, huh ?
Why it's so useful
Subler is an app which gives truth to the statement "it's the little things that count." Aside from being able to perform the aforementioned tasks of organizing, beautifying and adding information to your files, Subler is also particularly adept at:
Incorporating Subtitle Files into the Media File without needing additional subtitle files.
Finding Movies and TV Shows and their information to add to your Media File.
Adding Chapter Marks to your file.
Exporting Chapter marks and subtitles back to separate .txt and .srt files.
Adding Artwork to your files. (Amazing!)
Classifying your file as a Movie, TV Show, Podcast, etc.
Classifying your file as 1080p, 720p, etc.
I'd be hard-pressed to find any drawbacks in Subler but for it's lack of batch-processing capabilities. Still, it's not a deal breaker for me.
Cost, Rating and Alternatives
Cost: Don't take out your wallets just yet. Subler is a completely free application for Mac OS X Lion with no catch to it, although they do appreciate donations.
Alternatives: A great alternative to Subler is Plex (Media Server and Media Center). However it never really worked for me, since it downloaded the artwork, metadata and background images only within the application and didn't save the data to my Media files.
Rating: 9/10 With an app like this, there's really no chance of it getting anything less.