How to Use The Flip Video Camera with Your Computer

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

 I have received many calls and emails with questions and comments regarding the "Flip Video" camera. I decided to create some "How To" posts for both the Video Camera and the Mixpo.com Editing and Production Console. This post will cover all you need to know about the Flip Video, and how to make it work with your computer. The Mixpo Tutorial will follow shortly.

The first thing you need to know is that there is a process you need to complete before you can drag and drop your videos onto your desktop, laptop, or Apple computer. I will cover these steps and try to simplify the process to make it as easy as possible for you to begin using your camera. This only takes about 5-8 minutes, but will save you hours of making phone calls and shedding tears of frustration. :-))

The First Steps:

Assuming you have already purchased one of the Flip Video cameras, you will need to shoot a sample video so that you can begin with this tutorial post. I suggest taking a 20 - 30 second video just to get you started, it will save you some time in the uploading and downloading process. Once you have taken some video to work with, simply pop out the "Flip" USB arm and plug the camera into the USB 2.0 port on any your computer or laptop.

(Some of your computers will use what's called autorun, and a window will open automatically) If you plug in the Camera and nothing happens, you'll need to click on "My Computer" and then double-click on the Drive that will say "Flip Video" Mine happens to be the L:Drive. The next steps are very important.

The Second Steps:

When you open the window, there will be multiple folders and files. The first thing you want to do is double-click on the "Read Me First" file. Then, do just that...Read It! LOL!~ Many of us just start clicking away and miss this very important information. The "read me" file covers the following items and topics about your camera.

 1. Overview
2. Connecting to Your Computer
3. Users Running Microsoft Windows Computers
4. How to Use Your Videos without the Video Program on a Windows computer
5. Disconnecting from Your Windows Computer
6. Users Running Macintosh Computers
7. How to Use Your Videos without the Video Program on a Macintosh computer
8. Disconnecting from Your Macintosh Computer
9. How to Reinstall the Flip Video Program
10. Customer Service and Technical Support

(This post does not replace these instructions, it will just simplify the process.
You still need to read the READMe file.)

 

The Final Steps and Review:

READ the READMe File, then run the "Flip Video for PC" by double-clicking the Blue Flip Video Icon. Only use this if you are installing on your PC, if you have an Apple Computer, you'll want to open the "Flip Video for Mac.app folder, and run the application that has been provided for your MAC. Once you complete these two steps, you will never have to do this part again. However, if you don't go through this process, you will be calling me wondering why it's not working. Just ask Katerina Gasset SEE DETAILS FROM HER EXPERIENCE>>>

The DCIM folder is where all the videos you take are stored. (Video's are in the .AVI format) Once you install the Flip Video application, you can then just drag and drop the videos from this folder onto your desktop and place them in a video folder somewhere on your computer. If you want to use the software that comes with your "Flip Video Camera" that's fine too. The next "How To" post will cover the following: how to upload your Video files into Mixpo.com, use editing, add links, use photos, create overlays, add FREE motion backgrounds and multimedia, create sound files, add music, and produce your own custom quality VideoAds.

I wanted to share this with you to save you some time and possible frustration that some of us have experienced by just trying to Drag and Drop the videos from the folder onto our desktops. You have to run this process only "ONE" time to be certain that everything you do in the future with your "New Video Toy" will run smoothly and efficiently. Here is a Flip Video Quick Start Guide just in case none of this makes cents sense. :-)

Now, "Rain" or shine, go out and make a difference in the world!

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Connie Harvey
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Brad, I just read Laura Monroe's blog w/a link to this. I put together my first "movie" last week and couldn't believe how time consuming it was. I stopped here at the office to pick up the Flip to try another and read all of these Great Tips! Thank you!!

Jul 20, 2008 04:32 AM #99
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Diane - I'll respond anyway. You can use any video camera you like.  The flip is convenient and easy to use, but any camera that takes video at a decent quality will work.  Resolution and audio components are the most important.  If you need help, you knwo where to find Jeff and I.   :-)

Jul 20, 2008 07:29 AM #100
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Connie - Laura is a sweetheart, I just saw her post a couple days ago and loved the convertor software she mentioned.  Downloaded it to my PC and MAC, just haven't had the chance to use it yet.  Video can be time consuming, but once you get the hang of it, have the editing tools in place and understand the basic elements of a quality or even viral video, it will take you less and less time.  You can feel free to contact me anytime if I can be of any assistance. Have a GREAT weekend.  :-)

Jul 20, 2008 07:32 AM #101
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thanks for the post and info

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Brad, thank you for responding. We uploaded the "movie" to youtube and haven't had a chance to put it on the mls but I noticed that the quality of the film isn't as good on youtube as on my computer. Did I do something wrong?

Jul 21, 2008 09:30 AM #103
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Connie - you didn't do anything wrong, youtube probably just reduced the quality as they hve so many videos going up every day. You might want to check out the high quality of the new ActiveRain video, it had the best quality and HD options.  I did a comparison on my Blog and showed 6 of the video hosting sites so members could compare. Youtube and Google video were the least desired as far as quality and upload times. :-)

Jul 26, 2008 06:06 AM #104
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Brad:  I bought myself of FLIP Ultra.   I got everything installed on my son's computer as he has VISTA.  My main desktop computer runs on Windows 2000.   I was so aggravated that FLIP can't talk to WIndows 2000.......grrrrrrr  

I am going to read more of your posts about getting the videos on AR/Blogs.  Via YouTube or Mixpo?  I am gonna go learn.

Jul 29, 2008 07:47 AM #105
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Christine - next thing, you're probably going to write a post that "It's All Brad Andersohn's Fault!" lol~  :-)
I have an idea, why don't you do a post with a video of your Kitty?  Then test it on all platforms to see which will work best. I am using it on both my MAC and my PC with Windows Vista, no problems so far.  Let me know if I can help. 

Jul 30, 2008 03:41 AM #106
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Brad  I have a question

my computer will not reconize my flip video any more , I think when I was installing the new firmware I screw up and erase the drivers ,when i  plug the camera , it is not there by my computer screm , how can I get those drivers back .. camera is working fine I just can get the camera connected to the computers thanks Jorge

Aug 05, 2008 02:26 AM #107
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Jorge - when you plug the camera into your usb port, make sure to re-install the software that comes on the camera. If that does not work or fix the problem, go to their site and re download the drivers you mention. The installation from the camera and it's application should correct any firmware issues you may be having. Let me know ok?  :-)

Aug 05, 2008 05:04 PM #108
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My friend Tara put together this cool video over at Wellcomemat, so I thought I'd share it with readers here. The basics on the Flip Video.

 

 

 

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Dec 14, 2008 03:31 PM #110
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Excellent tutorial, Brad!  I have one of these nifty little cameras but haven't been pleased with the results enough to use it in our business.  The one thing I didn't see in your article was that (at least my camera) only works on XP (not Vista).  I'm sure there's a plug-in somewhere but can't find it...

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Kris - thanks.  I use it on Windows Vista and on a MAC, it seems to work just fine on both. Maybe there is a file or plugin you need to install.  My camera came with software built in that installed on Vista but I had to run in manually.  Try googling it and see what you find.  :-)

Dec 15, 2008 06:41 AM #112
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Can anyone help me on the close up on the camera, i am trying to get a close up on my Ds, but it ends up being really blurry, can anyone help. 

Dec 27, 2008 04:01 AM #113
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Cheezwhiz - close ups suck with the Flip.  The best I have seen is about 2 ft. Any closer than that and it gets really blurry.  The better the light, the better the close up but anything closer than 2 feet always turns out bad in my honest opinion.

Dec 28, 2008 04:29 PM #114
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Brad, have you checked out the Vado HD. I think it actually is better for Real Estate. I did a post on it today and why I chose it over the Flip HD cameras.

Jun 12, 2009 05:28 AM #115
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Norma - I'll definitely check it out, thanks.

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Brad,

Thanks for this instruction. A video camera is on my short list. It's even shorter now.

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Hi Brad,

I got a little Flip Mino last spring.

Have been taking an average of a video a day ever since

Phil

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