Recently, Pure Digital Technology (aka theFlip), the people behind the popular theFlip Ultra cam (see my review here), flip Mino HD and other portable camcorders that are so easy to use, upgraded their FlipShare software with a few fixes and added something new: the Flip Channel!
The Flip Share channel is a special private online “channel” or really a video sharing website where you can upload your videos and share with close friends and family without worrying that everyone in the world can view it. I think this is a great idea! This makes sharing videos a lot easier! Create a channel and put in those friends you want to share it with and the software will do the rest! It will upload the videos to the “channel” and send them an email with a link to view the videos. And every time you upload a new video, they will get an email notifying them of the new video. Of course, you have full control over the sharing. Add or remove recipients on the Channel page. It’s that simple!
For more information on the Flip Ultra camcorder, please check out my multi-part review which shows the software, hardware and how easy it is to operate and transfer to your computer for sharing!
The FlipShare update process is fairly easy and straightforward. I decided to take some screenshots of the process while doing my update to help those who have not done the update and wished some information on how to do it. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful. To make it easier for loading, I have provided thumbnails. Hover your mouse over the images for more information on the screenshot. Click on the individual images to view a bigger picture.
You can also check out the slideshow of the pictures here.
Downloading and installing FlipShare software update
Download the FlipShare software from theFlip.com website and install it on your computer.
Creating and setting up Flip Channel
Create a Flip Channel by adding a video to the channel. Look for the confirmation email to activate the Flip Channel.
Flip Channel access online
You can access the Flip Channel online by going to flipchannel.com and logging in (if you have created your own Flip Channel). If you share your video via a Flip Channel, your friends will receive an email with a link to the video. They can play the video from that link.
Sharing and uploading videos to Flip Channel
You can share the videos through popular media sites like MySpace or Youtube or you can also upload the video manually. If you choose the manual route and go through the software’s prompts as shown below, the video will be converted to .wmv format and store on a specifically named folder. You will need to manually upload it to your website. Alternatively, you can locate the .avi format video on your computer and upload that file instead.
Hopefully this post has helped you get an idea of how the process works and as you can see, it’s fairly straightforward and easy to do.
When uploading the videos to the channel, especially when you are going through the manual upload process, you will notice that it does take a good chunk of time. After all, the software is converting the video into wmv. Also, it does take a while before your video shows up in the Flip Channel. Originally, I was wondering why my videos didn’t show up. I would have preferred if there were some indication that the video uploading was in progress and that it may take a while before it shows up. Also, not everyone would like to have their videos in wmv format. I personally prefer my videos in avi format. In the screenshots, I have provided the location of where the avi files are stored on your computer.
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