How To Use Flip Ultra HD Video Recorder

Flip Ultra - one of the smallest, most portable convenient HD cameras
Flip Ultra - one of the smallest, most portable convenient HD cameras

Video Recording Made Simple - Flip Ultra HD

The Flip Ultra/HD and Flip Mino Video recorders are very easy to use, no technological know how needed.

The software loads straight from the camera through its USB to allow you to plug and play.

The Flip Ultra has a carry strap and fits neatly into your hand.

It is one of the most convenient point and click video cameras available today and best of all, it is competitively priced.

I got my Flip Ultra/HD last Christmas and I have used it extensively to create both movies and photographs for online articles. As well as recording video, it allows you to use still video clips to create photographs which can then be saved as jpgs for use in other programmes.

Flip Ultra straight out of the box.
Flip Ultra straight out of the box.

Flip Ultra - Specifications

  • 720pixels camera
  • 30 frames per second
  • 8 Gb Storage on camera unit
  • Compact, lightweight and has crisp resolution.
  • Colours are particularly vibrant and sound quality is fine for such a small camera.

What Flip Ultra/Ultra HD does not have is great stability. It is fine if you are using a tripod but let's face it, most of the time you are going to be holding it in your hand so there will be some juddering and unsteadiness.

That said, if you use iMovie 9 or similar video production software, you can improve the juddering to some extent.

Flip Ultra's own production software is fairly unsophisticated but you might argue that you don't buy the Flip Ultra to be a video expert, you buy it because it is a real hands on experience.

It is a video camera for people who want to film on the move and share quickly and the share quickly part is one of its biggest assets.

Flip Ultra is made for social networking - straight from camera to laptop to You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and email all in a matter of minutes.

Flip Ultra lets you create photos from video stills.
Flip Ultra lets you create photos from video stills.

Flip Ultra For Photos/Snapshots

The Flip Ultra has a USB which flips out from its side. You pull back a lever and it just pops out and you can plug it into your PC and laptop.

It is charged this way which is extremely convenient and you also download your movies directly onto your laptop from the camera.

It is very lightweight too so when it is plugged into the laptop, there is no drag from the USB, it is as steady as a rock.

You can create 2 thinks on a Flip Ultra - movies and snapshots.

Snapshots are basically still shots from your movie.

In the photo below, you can see a screenshot of my movie for the hub I created called How To Make the Ultimate Baked Potato. I filmed the various stages of me preparing the ingredients and cooking the potato.

When I plugged in the Flip Ultra via the USB, it downloaded each separate movie I made.

I then used stills from the movie to make photos for the recipe.

It is a very simple process. The Flip Ultra screen is very user-friendly and offers you 2 choices - do you want to make a movie or a snapshot? In fact, you can do both if you want to.

Click on SNAPSHOT and it is then a case of scanning through the movie until you find the still you like. You can then save it with a unique name and convert it to a format which is usable by HubPages - jpg, png,gif.

Flip Ultra also has a gallery facility for easy video editing.
Flip Ultra also has a gallery facility for easy video editing.

Flip Ultra for Movies

Flip Ultra is just fab for making movies - so simple.

You have a small screen on one side of the Flip Ultra camera and a lens on the other. The small screen is no bigger than a viewfinder on a digital camera but this seems to be fine for most people, when you consider that most of us use our mobile phone as a camera.

You just need to have a steady hand. Apologies in advance if you're watching my videos, my hands are pretty steady but my garden lawn isn't!

Once you have made your movie, you plug in your camera via USB and download the film you have just made.

Whilst Flip Ultra lacks any cutting edge editing tools, it does allow you to trim your video but its greatest asset is its choice of 'Movie Magic' or 'Full Length'.

Full Length speaks for itself, if you've created an eight minute epic then you will create a film the same length. However, if you just want the highlights, then Movie Magic' is a great little tool.

You can just get the best bits of your 8 minutes, ideal for sharing via email or Facebook or You Tube.

See to the right my little wander through my garden this afternoon, the full length version (don't worry I don't expect you to watch ALL of it :o) and the Movie Magic shortened version.

This is a great idea I think, a built in editor of sorts.

Flip Ultra Waterproof Case
Flip Ultra Waterproof Case
Clark Little sits inside of waves to get his snapshots, amazing! Flip Ultra can be waterproof too.
Clark Little sits inside of waves to get his snapshots, amazing! Flip Ultra can be waterproof too.

Flip Ultra Finishing Touches

You will notice from the two videos that I have featured that they both have a titles screen and a credits screen and also some music.

Flip Ultra does this all for you in three easy steps, all on the same page.

If you don't want to use their music, you can use music saved on your computer so I could have had Adele or Cocteau Twins doing my background music - but I took the simple route - Flip Ultra provide you with 5 or 6 full length tunes and all you do is choose the one you want to use.

So the Flip Ultra gets my vote as just about the simplest hand-held video recording device on the market today. It is relatively inexpensive, robust and to film, you press the red button, that's it!

It even has a waterproof cover for those of you of an aquatic bent; so great for taking photos like Clark Little (though I assume he's using something a tad more sophisticated).

I think the Flip Ultra is one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever been bought and it has made my article writing experience even more enjoyable.

By the way, I also use an ipod touch video camera but I don't think Apple's video editing suite is as intuitive and easy to use as the Flip Ultra. If you have time on your hands, ipod is great, if not and it's sharing you're into, it's Flip Ultra every time.

Many thanks for reading.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Linda, thanks for the return visit :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mohan - it is SO easy to use, your daughter will love it. It also is recharged via USB which is useful and the software is a doddle to use. Many thanks for your comment and vote :o)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I've been thinking about buying this for my children. My daughter loves shooting videos and has a creative mind- she'll love the easy interface and speed. You've convinced me with this great hub. Thanks, Jools. Voted up, of course!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

And I'm back once again because I just love my flip camera and this hub!:)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Cheers Linda! :o)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm back for another read and to wish you a Happy Birthday!!!!:)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Vinaya, thanks :o)

The Flip is quite inexpensive and is a really useful little camera, no fuss just press and record. The usb function is also very convenient.

Many thanks for your comment.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Happy Birthday!

May all your wishes be fulfilled.

PS: I have recently found interest in creating videos, uploading on HubPages or other videos sharing sites. This hub is so useful to me.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is great, I have wanted to learn this so thank you!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

teaches12345, one of the Flip's biggest assets is its price, it is very cheap for what you get - excellent value for money! Thanks for commenting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Christy, to be honest I am a bit of a technology junkie but sometimes I just want to get in there and use the thing I've bought. Often, reading the manual is an afterthought for me :o). The Flip needs no manual, you plug it in, it downloads its software, you leave it in to charge and then it's a case of using it and plugging it into your laptop to download stuff - couldn't be easier. Thanks for your comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Yes Nell, you need something 'Nell Friendly' and the Flip is so easy to use that I'm sure it would fit the bill.

Many thansk for commenting and sharing


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audrey - thanks for your comment!

Linda, I don't have an iphone but my daughter says the camera is pretty good and great for sharing. My ipod is ok too but the camera quality is not as good as the Flip stills. Thanks for commenting :o)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for the information. This is one that will help to improve hub posts (thanks for saving us time to research these important equipment purchases).


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

How neat that you can create videos like that! I do like the easier types of technology and this one sounds like a good one. Thanks for the info.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, this was brilliant! I am looking for a new one that is Nell friendly! lol! I am such an impatient person that the slightest thing that I don't get makes me flippy! seriously though, it looks great, your video's were really cool and explained everything, and the one thing I wanted to know was how to do the music and then I realised that it had its own, or you can download yours too, great information, bookmarked to my pc so that I can come back when I get one and read through again, voted up! and shared, nell


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congrats on #100! Way to go!

I bought the Flip cameras for my daughters and they enjoy them alot! I was going to get one for myself, but my iPhone video is enough for me. Excellent hub and details!!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very cool Jools!!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Cyndi, thanks for your comment and the vote etc. I use it for photos as well just for convenience but also use a digital camera if my daughter hasn't nicked it.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Awesome! I have a flip cam that I use that I checked out from school (hehe, I checked it out from the library using my staff account). It's really neat! If I didn't work with photos so much, I'd use the flipcam exclusively. Fun hub!! Lots of votes!

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