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    Ok... i am REALLY struggling to find a simple solution to this problem.

    Our school have just purchased 32 of these great cameras but we are stuggling to find any software, preferably free, that we can use to edit the MP4 footage.

    Surely there is SOMETHING out there that I can deploy right across the network so the kids can film, plug in the camera, import the footage and just start editing... SURELY?!

    Can anyone help??

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    As I said, I use Windows Moviemaker in school. Plug the camera in and import video. All sorts of fancy things you can do and it's already installed on XP/Vista machines.

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    Laserblazer,

    I've tried importing the video into that and it won't let me! Totally baffled me... could it be an old version of Moviemaker perhaps? It just doesn't recognise the MP4 format...

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    Have you installed a suitable codec on the machine itself? Are you using the HD or the SD versions of the Flipcams? I don't think the HD ones work with WMM.

    You should be able to download the xVid codec to get it to work i think.

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    Hello,

    I've installed suitable codecs for the cam. You can open the MP4 video on the PC but when i check the box for using the codec in the options in WMM- it still doesn't work.

    We're using SD ones too so i didn't think it would be a problem.

    YikeS!!

    Any other advice??

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    mmmm

    WMM should use a DirectShow style codec me thinks, so just to check, can you play the videos with Windows Media Player?

    It will work eventually as it is on the PC I am currently on with WMM

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    We had problems with the flips. Ours came bundled with a 3vid codec, which I had difficulty pushing out across the domain.

    I ended up using the K-Lite codec pack with the -MakeUnattended option and calling the bat file it creates as a startup script.

    We can now edit the videos in Moviemaker.

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    I have K-lite installed.

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    Just to help confirm the issue could people put the following on their replies:

    Camera Type: Flip Mino or Flip Mino HD
    Flip Software Installed: Y \ N

    From testing our Mino HDs the best solution seems to be...

    Use the software with the library redirected to network drive (copy the library folder there first) then look through the videos and export to WMV format and edit with Movie Maker. Quality doesn't drop much and file size drops right down (vital for VLE uploads!)

    I know WMV isn't the most friendly format around but Flash Video loses too much quality and MP4 does make huge files and also the WMM problems... seems to be a bit of a split as to whether MP4 imports into it; some on Google say yes but most say no, which seems to tie into MS line where they make a big deal of Live Movie Maker working with HD-type files...

    As for deploying FlipShare I logged a support issue with them over the MSI... let's just say the reply was useless, just blamed Microsoft!

    Would be interested to hear if that packaged up version works OK as I really need to get this onto machines now

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrorvis View Post
    We had problems with the flips. Ours came bundled with a 3vid codec, which I had difficulty pushing out across the domain.

    I ended up using the K-Lite codec pack with the -MakeUnattended option and calling the bat file it creates as a startup script.

    We can now edit the videos in Moviemaker.
    Could you run me through in a step-by-step way of how to do this? I would be very grateful

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