Flip pioneered the concept of camcorders with built-in Internet video sharing software, and the UltraHD now includes the new FlipShare, which we first saw in the MinoHD. It’s cross platform, running on Windows XP SP2 or later and MacOS X 10.4 or later. The software installs from the Flip when you first plug it in via its integrated USB connection. As built-in software goes, FlipShare has a fairly decent level of features. Simple trimming tools are available, so you can set beginning and end points for each clip. You can also combine multiple clips together, with rudimentary opening and closing titles, plus a soundtrack.
But the core feature is uploading video online via the host system’s Internet connection. FlipShare has direct support for YouTube and MySpace, so all you need to do is enter your username and password, plus optional tagging. You can also export movies to a folder for manual uploading to other websites. FlipShare can even prepare videos for DVD, although you will need a third-party app to do the actual disc burning.
If you just want to watch your footage on your TV, the Flip UltraHD has a built-in HDMI connection. However, this is a mini socket so will require an adapter for use with regularly sized HDTV cabling. There are also no analogue output options at all, unlike the MiniHD, but at least you will be able to see your HD footage on your HDTV in all its digital glory.
The UltraHD continues Flip’s tradition of decent video in a wide range of conditions with zero effort, easy online uploading, and compact size. However, the existence of pocket Internet camcorders as standalone devices is increasingly under threat from high-end camera phones like the iPhone 3G S and Cupcake-equipped Android mobiles. So, for now, the Flip UltraHD offers better image quality, justifying its reasonable £160 price. But the writing is clearly on the wall.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7