Of course, shooting video is not the only trick for pocket internet camcorders. They also provide everything you need to put your footage online within the same package. This has traditionally been an area of particular strength for the Flip devices, as they include more than just a basic utility for uploading video to the Web.
The MinoHD second generation hasn’t changed much in this area. The FlipShare application offers almost the same features as before. You can trim the beginning and end points of clips, and then arrange them in order for a simple edit; there are options for adding title and end credits, as well as putting the Flip logo as the finale; and you can add music from either Flip’s small selection or a separate MP3. However, the Muvee-based automatic editing tools found in previous versions of FlipShare have been temporarily removed, but you can reinstate them by installing the free, online version 5 update.
Raw clips or edited movies can be shared in a number of ways. You can email them out, which doesn’t drop a huge video file in your recipients’ inbox, but uploads it to the Web and then sends out a link to the location. Similarly, you can create online video greetings cards and email these out. The video will be embedded in a frame of your choice, with a fairly extensive range of categories available such as Birthdays, Weddings, and Get Well. As with the video email, the card is delivered via the Web, with just a link included in the email notification.
Uploading options include YouTube and MySpace, plus outputting a raw file for uploading to other sites manually. The only new feature here is the Flip My Channel section, which is the company’s own video sharing site. Once you’ve registered your email and created a password, dragging videos to this section converts them and uploads them to the site. You’re then given more sharing options online than via the software, including Twitter and Facebook. You can also email a link, or download the video to a local drive.
So the second outing for the MinoHD is a significant upgrade over the original, even if the core functionality remains the same. Video quality is very slightly better, there’s twice as much storage, it looks more stylish, and the LCD is a big improvement. However, the new model is also currently being sold alongside the old, and the latter can now be found for £50 less. If all you want is something pocket-friendly to capture a few moments, the older model works out much better value.
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