To make it possible to view your Flip videos on your iPod, you need to convert them first into a compatible format using iTunes. To do this, follow the steps below.
A Word to Flip Video
Nowadays, more and more people own flip camcorders (flip cameras, flip video camcorders, flip video cameras or whatever you call it) to take videos, not only because they are easy to use, flexible, quick, easy to get, they also allow you to take videos on the fly with decent quality.
Convert Flip Video to iPod
The standard definition Flip camcorders captures video in 640×480 resolution at 30 frames per second, using the MPEG-4 ASP video compression. The high definition version captures video at 1280 x 720 resolution using H.264 video compression, AAC audio compression and the MP4 file format.
The format of the clips you record on the Flip Video camera is not compatible with the iPod, so you have to use the FlipShare and iTunes programs on your computer to first convert your Flip videos to an iPod-compatible format, and then transfer them to any iPod model using a USB cable. The process is relatively straightforward and takes only a few minutes.
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Transfer Flip Videos to Computer
Connect the USB data cable to the Flip Video camera and an empty USB port on the computer. Power on the Flip Video camcorder, and then wait a few seconds Windows to detect and initialize the memory card in the device as a removable media drive.
Click “View Your Flip Camcorder Videos” in the pop-up window that opens, and then click “OK.” Click “I Agree,” and then wait while Windows automatically installs the FlipShare software from the camera’s memory card. The FlipShare program then opens and displays thumbnail images videos stored on the camera.
Click to select the thumbnail icon of the video you want to import to the computer, and then click “Edit” on the menu bar. The video file opens in the Editor window. Click “File,” and then click “Save” to save the movie file in its original format. Repeat the process, if needed, to import other video files from the Flip Video camera to the computer.
Import Photos Into iTunes
Click the folder in the FlipShare navigation pane containing the video you want to export to iTunes. Click the file name of the video to export. Alternatively, click the “All” button to select all of the videos in the chosen folder.
Right-click one of the selected videos and select “Export to” from the context menu. Click the “Export” button in the About Exporting Items window when it opens.
Select a folder in in the “Browse for Folder” window in which to save the exported Flip video, and then click the “OK” button. Close FlipShare after the program exports a copy of the selected video or videos.
Launch iTunes on the computer, open a new File Explorer window by pressing “Windows-E,” and then browse to the folder where you saved the Flip Video clip or clips.
Click the “Movies” link under the “Libraries” header in the iTunes navigation pane
Drag and drop the video files from the File Explorer window into the right pane of the iTunes window. Wait a few seconds for Windows to copy the video files from File Explorer into iTunes.
Press “Ctrl-A” to select all of the video imported into iTunes, click “Advanced” on the menu bar, and then select “Create iPod or iPhone Version” from the drop-down list. Wait for iTunes to convert all of the Flip Video files into a format compatible with your iPod. Depending on the size and length of the Flip Video files, the conversion may take a few minutes or a couple of hours.
Right-click one of the original Flip Video files in the iTunes window, and then click “Delete.” Delete other Flip Video files from the iTunes window as needed. Do not delete the copies of the video clips created by iTunes.
Transfer Videos to the iPod
Connect the data sync cable to the iPod and an empty USB port the computer. Wait a few seconds for iTunes to detect the connection and display the iPod in the Devices list.
Click the “Movies” tab, enable the “Sync Movies” option, click the check box next to the “Automatically include” option, and then select “All” in the drop-down list.
Click the “Apply” button, and then wait a few minutes for iTunes to copy the converted Flip Video clips from your computer to the iPod.
Click the “Eject” icon next to the iPod device name in the Devices list, and then disconnect the data sync cable from the iPod and the computer.
Information in this article applies to version 5.1 of FlipShare and iTunes 11. It may vary slightly or significantly for other versions.
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