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Flip Video™ For Dummies®

Book Description

The full-color guide to shooting great video with the Flip Video camera

The inexpensive Flip Video camera is currently one of the hottest must-have gadgets. It's portable and connects easily to any computer to transfer video you shoot onto your PC or Mac. Although the Flip Video camera comes with a quick-start guide, it lacks a how-to manual, and this full-color book fills that void! Packed with full-color screen shots throughout, Flip Video For Dummies shows you how to shoot the best possible footage in a variety of situations. You'll learn how to transfer video to your computer and then edit it and share your Flip Video movies.

  • Walks you through the basics of using a Flip Video camera and connecting it to your Mac or PC

  • Explains how to shoot footage indoors, outdoors, and even underwater

  • Covers editing video footage using FlipShare, Windows Movie Maker, or iMovie

  • Shows you how to share Flip Video movies or upload them to YouTube, Facebook, and other sites

You'll flip out when you discover just how easy a Flip Video camera can be when you have this book by your side!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Authors' Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Introduction
    1. About Flip Video For Dummies
    2. Foolish Assumptions
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. What You Don't Have to Read
    5. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: Getting to Know Your Flip
      2. Part II: Putting Your Flip to Work
      3. Part III: Creating and Sharing Movies with FlipShare
      4. Part IV: Editing and Sharing Movies with Mac and Windows Programs
      5. Part V: The Part of Tens
    6. Icons Used in This Book
    7. Where to Go from Here
  5. I. Getting to Know Your Flip
    1. 1. Touring Flip Models and Features
      1. 1.1. Flipping Over Flip Video
      2. 1.2. Familiarizing Yourself with the Flip Way
      3. 1.3. Flipping through Flip Models
        1. 1.3.1. Key specifications and features
        2. 1.3.2. Reviewing the latest Flip models
        3. 1.3.3. Designing your own MinoHD or SlideHD
      4. 1.4. Installing FlipShare
    2. 2. Adjusting Flip Settings
      1. 2.1. Getting Acquainted with Flip Settings
      2. 2.2. Making Flip Options Suit Your Taste
      3. 2.3. Activating the Flip Delete Lock Feature
    3. 3. Maintaining, Upgrading, and Troubleshooting Your Flip
      1. 3.1. Updating Your Flip Video and FlipShare Software
      2. 3.2. Responding to an Unresponsive Flip Camera
        1. 3.2.1. Manhandling misunderstood Flip features
        2. 3.2.2. Tackling typical Flip troubles
          1. 3.2.2.1. Won't turn on/off
          2. 3.2.2.2. Resetting a frozen Flip camera
          3. 3.2.2.3. Resetting your Flip SlideHD or Mino using the reset button
          4. 3.2.2.4. Won't record video when connected to TV
          5. 3.2.2.5. Device removal warning when your Mac wakes from sleep mode
          6. 3.2.2.6. Regaining full recording capacity
      3. 3.3. Power and Battery Issues
      4. 3.4. Resolving Common FlipShare-Related Problems
        1. 3.4.1. Color Scheme changed to Windows Basic
        2. 3.4.2. FlipShare preferences
          1. 3.4.2.1. General tab
          2. 3.4.2.2. SlideHD tab (SlideHD only)
          3. 3.4.2.3. Confirmation tab
          4. 3.4.2.4. Privacy tab
          5. 3.4.2.5. Advanced tab (Windows only)
          6. 3.4.2.6. Library tab
        3. 3.4.3. Managing your FlipShare Library folder
          1. 3.4.3.1. Deleting videos files from your Flip and computer
          2. 3.4.3.2. Moving the Library
        4. 3.4.4. Online sharing issues
  6. II. Putting Your Flip to Work
    1. 4. Recording and Viewing Videos
      1. 4.1. Getting in Touch with Your Flip's Buttons
      2. 4.2. Recording Videos
        1. 4.2.1. The basics of shooting video
        2. 4.2.2. Taking your best shots
          1. 4.2.2.1. Stabilization
          2. 4.2.2.2. Lighting
          3. 4.2.2.3. Sound
      3. 4.3. Viewing Videos
        1. 4.3.1. Watching and controlling videos
        2. 4.3.2. Watching videos on your TV
      4. 4.4. Deleting Videos
      5. 4.5. Tapping into Unique SlideHD Features
    2. 5. Transferring Video to Your Computer
      1. 5.1. Practicing Safe Flip Plugging
        1. 5.1.1. Turn off your Flip before plugging it into a computer
        2. 5.1.2. Connect your Flip with an optional USB cable
        3. 5.1.3. Properly eject your Flip from your computer
          1. 5.1.3.1. Ejecting your Flip from a Mac
          2. 5.1.3.2. Ejecting your Flip from Windows
      2. 5.2. Deciding What Your Computer Does When You Plug In Your Flip
        1. 5.2.1. Choosing whether FlipShare runs when you plug in your Flip
        2. 5.2.2. Selecting a Windows AutoPlay option
        3. 5.2.3. Selecting your Mac's default program
      3. 5.3. Getting Video Files from Your Flip to Your Computer
        1. 5.3.1. Using Windows Live Photo Gallery
        2. 5.3.2. Using Image Capture
        3. 5.3.3. Using iPhoto
        4. 5.3.4. Using iMovie
        5. 5.3.5. Using FlipShare
        6. 5.3.6. Using the drag-and-drop method
  7. III. Creating and Sharing Movies with FlipShare
    1. 6. Getting Familiar with FlipShare
      1. 6.1. Touring the FlipShare Interface
        1. 6.1.1. The FlipShare main window
        2. 6.1.2. Navigation pane
          1. 6.1.2.1. Showing and hiding folder contents
          2. 6.1.2.2. Deleting and renaming folders in the Navigation pane
        3. 6.1.3. Progress box
        4. 6.1.4. Workspace
          1. 6.1.4.1. Sorting and displaying your video thumbnails
          2. 6.1.4.2. Watching and controlling your videos
          3. 6.1.4.3. Watching your videos in full-screen mode
        5. 6.1.5. Action bar
      2. 6.2. Organizing Videos, Snapshots, and Folders
        1. 6.2.1. Playing with Favorites
        2. 6.2.2. Creating and renaming folders
        3. 6.2.3. Naming and renaming files
        4. 6.2.4. Copying files
        5. 6.2.5. Moving files
        6. 6.2.6. Deleting files and folders
    2. 7. Creating Movies, Snapshots, and Photo Slideshows
      1. 7.1. Creating Your First Magic Movie
      2. 7.2. Creating a Full-Length Movie
        1. 7.2.1. Trimming video clips
        2. 7.2.2. Capturing Snapshots from video clips
        3. 7.2.3. Making the final movie file
      3. 7.3. Creating Photo Slideshows
      4. 7.4. Sharing Your Movies and Slideshows
    3. 8. Creating Video E-Mails, Greeting Cards, and DVDs
      1. 8.1. Sending Video and Picture E-Mails
      2. 8.2. Creating and Sending Video and Picture Greeting Cards
      3. 8.3. Burning Movies and Pictures to DVDs
        1. 8.3.1. Using FlipShare
        2. 8.3.2. Using iDVD
          1. 8.3.2.1. Creating a DVD with the Magic iDVD option
          2. 8.3.2.2. Working with iDVD projects
          3. 8.3.2.3. Adding photos to a title menu
          4. 8.3.2.4. Adding options to the title menu
            1. 8.3.2.4.1. Creating a slideshow
            2. 8.3.2.4.2. Creating a Movie menu option
            3. 8.3.2.4.3. Creating text
            4. 8.3.2.4.4. Creating a submenu
          5. 8.3.2.5. Moving and deleting buttons
          6. 8.3.2.6. Defining opening content for your DVD
          7. 8.3.2.7. Burning to a DVD
        3. 8.3.3. Using Windows DVD Maker
    4. 9. Uploading Your Creations to the Web
      1. 9.1. Using FlipShare to Upload Your Movies and Pictures
      2. 9.2. Using Flip Channels
        1. 9.2.1. Activating and signing in to your Flip Channel account
          1. 9.2.1.1. Activating your Flip Channel account
          2. 9.2.1.2. Creating a password and signing in to your Flip Channel account
        2. 9.2.2. Working with your My Flip Channel folder
        3. 9.2.3. Creating and sharing new Flip Channels folders
        4. 9.2.4. Adding and removing items and people in a shared Flip Channel
        5. 9.2.5. Renaming or deleting a shared Flip Channel
        6. 9.2.6. Viewing received Flip Channels
        7. 9.2.7. Deleting your Flip Channels account link in FlipShare
      3. 9.3. Uploading Items to Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube
        1. 9.3.1. Facebook
        2. 9.3.2. MySpace
        3. 9.3.3. YouTube
      4. 9.4. Deleting Login Information from FlipShare
      5. 9.5. Saving Files for Uploading
  8. IV. Editing and Sharing Movies with Mac and Windows Programs
    1. 10. Making Movies with iMovie
      1. 10.1. How iMovie Works
      2. 10.2. Importing a Video into the Event Library
        1. 10.2.1. Importing from your Flip camera
        2. 10.2.2. Importing a digital video file
        3. 10.2.3. Organizing the Event Library
      3. 10.3. Working with Projects
        1. 10.3.1. Creating a new iMovie project
        2. 10.3.2. Selecting video clips
          1. 10.3.2.1. Skimming a video
          2. 10.3.2.2. Selecting a video clip
          3. 10.3.2.3. Placing a video clip in a project
        3. 10.3.3. Deleting video clips
        4. 10.3.4. Deleting a project
        5. 10.3.5. Organizing the Project Library
      4. 10.4. Editing Video Clips in a Project
        1. 10.4.1. Rearranging the order of video clips
        2. 10.4.2. Adjusting the size of a video clip
        3. 10.4.3. Adding titles
        4. 10.4.4. Adding transitions
        5. 10.4.5. Adding audio files
      5. 10.5. Saving a Video
        1. 10.5.1. Saving a project as a digital video file
        2. 10.5.2. Saving (and removing) a video for iTunes
        3. 10.5.3. Saving (and removing) a project for YouTube
        4. 10.5.4. Saving (and removing) a project in the Media browser
    2. 11. Making Movies with Windows Live Movie Maker
      1. 11.1. Running Windows Live Movie Maker
      2. 11.2. Understanding the Windows Live Movie Maker Process
        1. 11.2.1. Copying videos to your computer
        2. 11.2.2. Importing videos into Movie Maker
        3. 11.2.3. Saving, creating, and deleting Movie Maker projects
      3. 11.3. Viewing and Organizing Videos
        1. 11.3.1. Watching and controlling videos
        2. 11.3.2. Adjusting display options
        3. 11.3.3. Organizing videos
          1. 11.3.3.1. Moving or duplicating a video clip
          2. 11.3.3.2. Deleting a video clip
      4. 11.4. Editing Video Clips in a Project
        1. 11.4.1. Adjusting the size of a video clip
        2. 11.4.2. Splitting a video clip in two
        3. 11.4.3. Adding text titles, captions, and credits
        4. 11.4.4. Adding animated transitions
        5. 11.4.5. Adding special effects
        6. 11.4.6. Adding audio files
      5. 11.5. Making a Quick Movie the AutoMovie Way
      6. 11.6. Saving and Sharing Your Movie
        1. 11.6.1. Saving a project as a movie file
        2. 11.6.2. E-mailing a movie file
        3. 11.6.3. Burning a movie to DVD with Windows DVD Maker
        4. 11.6.4. Uploading a movie to YouTube
  9. V. The Part of Tens
    1. 12. Ten Super Shooting Tips
      1. 12.1. Shoot Happens
      2. 12.2. Brace Yourself
      3. 12.3. Seek Stabilizing Relationships
      4. 12.4. Shoot with an Eye on Editing
      5. 12.5. Sound(track) Advice
      6. 12.6. Light Up Your Life
      7. 12.7. Listen Up!
      8. 12.8. Framed!
      9. 12.9. Keep It Moving
      10. 12.10. As You Like It
    2. 13. Ten Excellent Editing Tips
      1. 13.1. Cut the Bad Bits
      2. 13.2. Easy Does It
      3. 13.3. Edit for Story
      4. 13.4. Slave to the Rhythm
      5. 13.5. Viewer Consideration
      6. 13.6. Cuts and Crossfades
      7. 13.7. Affecting Effects
      8. 13.8. Graphically Speaking
      9. 13.9. Two-Track Mindset
      10. 13.10. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment