Synching Mac with Galaxy Note 3 help?

I just switch from my iPhone 5 to a Note 3 (my first actual personal Android phone, I've had some with my old job) . I use my phone a lot for work and just need a bigger screen. I was able to get calendars and contacts, and even music (sans album art) synced, but pictures, and movies taken from my old iPhone are a different story.

Android file transfer doesn't detect my device, and when. I use Samsung Kies it crashes after every 100 files transferred and then won't detect my phone until I reboot both my computer and phone. Any help on how to painlessly make this switch? Also pointers for management of pics, videos, etc between Android and Mac would be awesome!