After a reboot, you're greeted by a fairly capable app, considering where it was installed from. The software has been completely redesigned from previous models, and is now called FlipShare. It's a much cleaner interface than before, but the features are broadly the same. You can upload directly to YouTube and MySpace, or prepare your videos for other services. There are facilities for emailing videos or video greetings cards, although the video is actually served from the Web in both cases.
There are even modest editing facilities. As well as trimming the in and out points of each clip, you can arrange them together to create a longer work, and then add titles and music. You can even prepare a video for burning to DVD, although the actual disc writing will need to be performed by a third-party app. If you're not a video editing enthusiast, FlipShare could be all the software you ever want.
However, the Mino HD falls behind Creative's Vado HD should you want to watch your footage directly on a TV. Where the Creative has a mini-HDMI port built-in and comes with a cable so you can hook this up to a full-sized HDMI port on your HDTV, the Mino HD only offers analog connectivity. Even worse, the cable supplied provides composite video alone, with no option for component. In other words, you won't be able to watch your footage in HD on a TV directly.
Flip still has the biggest name in the pocket Internet camcorder market, and with Cisco recently acquiring the company it will have the marketing muscle to maintain its brand. However, while the Mino HD comes in £30 cheaper than Creative's Vado HD was at launch, the Vado HD has since come down in price, has double the memory and HDTV output. So, although image quality is similar, if you're looking for an HD video pocket pal, Creative's interpretation will be the better option.
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