PureDigital Flip MinoHD Video Camera - FlipShare Software

Article Index
PureDigital Flip MinoHD Video Camera
MinoHD Features and Specifications
FlipShare Software
Setup and Using the Flip MinoHD

FlipShare Software:

I believe that one of the big features of the Flip MinoHD camera is the FlipShare software.  We live in a connected world but often it's not simple to share video clips and images with your friends.  Traditional cameras require that you offload the video onto your computer, use some third-party software in order to compress the video then you can upload it to YouTube, Facebook or just email it.  The FlipShare software takes care of pretty much everything and even gives you basic video editing all within four clicks or less.

 FlipShare Main
FlipShare Main

 

FlipShare is sort of like the Picasa for your Flip videos.  It organizes and indexes all of your videos and you can display them with details or just as thumbnails.  I prefer the view shown above as it give me more info on the length, size and date taken more easily.  The Flip MinoHD doesn't take pictures all by itself, but the software allows you to snag a video still from your footage.  This is easier than performing a print-screen from your favorite media player for sure, but the picture quality isn't impressive at a mere 640x480.

 Image Capture
Image Capture
 Online Uploads
Online Uploads

 

As mentioned previously, the ability to take a clip of video, or compile a video from several clips and upload them to YouTube or other sites is very simple with the FlipShare software.  Once you set up your account it is a two-click process and your video will be uploaded.

 

 

Creating a Movie or a DVD is also very simple - a four step process.  First, you'll want to grab the video clips you want in the final product.  Next, you can add titles, credits and even pimp out Flip by including them.  I'm glad to see that this box is unchecked by default.  Step 3 involves background music and you have a few choices - including your own MP3s.  Finally, you put a name on it and press "Create Movie".  If you are burning a DVD you'll have to use other software in order to encode it to play in a regular DVD player.  The FlipShare software just outputs a video file.  VSO-Software's ConvertXDVD does an excellent job of finishing the project by a simple drag-and-drop.  It's nice to see that one of the save options of your created masterpiece is in fact the Flip MinoHD camera.  One major drawback is that it wasn't able to create a DVD all by itself.

 Create Movie - Step 1
Create Movie - Step 1
Create Movie - Step 2
Create Movie - Step 2
   
 Create Movie - Step 3
Create Movie - Step 3
 Create Movie - Step 4
Create Movie - Step 4

 

On the last page we'll cover a bit of setup as well as usage and final video quality of the Flip MinoHD.