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Most of us fell victim to the ways of the digital camera when it first came out. We learned how to use all the new bells and whistles and shot amazing pictures. The problem was (and for some remains) we leave the pictures on our camera! Don't let this happen to you with the FlipTM. It's relatively easy to download your video on either a PC or a MAC. Here's how.
Whether you're a PC or a MAC user you first have to "flip" out the USB plug from the FlipTM camera. Simply plug it into your laptop (or hardrive) and wait for the icon to pop up on your screen. Once it does click on it and wait for it to load the software (this may take a minute or two depending on how fast your computer is) Once it is loaded, your videos should appear.
The first thing you want to do is save your videos. Don't skip this step or won't be able to edit later. Hit the "save videos" green button and all of your video clips will appear. You can randomly select which ones you want to save or you can hit "select all". If you have several videos the numbers at the bottom of the screen will help you scroll through the pages of video clips. You will have three options to save...to your computer, to disc or to e-mail. To do all three you have to do them separately. (We'll get into the specifics of all of those in a later episode) To save to your computer, simply select the videos you want (just by clicking on them individually or by hitting "select all") and then hit the green save button in the upper right hand side of the screen under save to computer.
Here's a great tip for naming your videos if you plan on editing later. Don't take the name the computer gives you because it will likely be a number and letter code that makes no sense to you as a user. Instead, change the name of the video to exactly what you shot. For example, "living room wide shot"..."living room tight shot". This will make editing your video MUCH simpler in the long run.
Next video lesson: When should I use the FlipTM Camera?
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