Ever had trouble getting those flip video files into Windows Movie Maker or your preferred video editor? This post focuses on a free piece of software that really does make integrating the Flip Video camera with Windows Movie Maker easy. Outside of that, it is truly a great video and audio transfer program that has a multitude of uses in student and teacher productions involving movies and podcasts! Be sure to try this and other great ideas and resources found at my21centuryedtechWiki and read my newest posts at my 21centuryedtech Blog! In fact take a moment to sign up by email or RSS! As always you can follow me at www.twitter.com/mjgormans . Last, if you would like to learn more about the free program Scratch from MIT, sign up for my free webinar at Discovery Education! Hope to see you there! - Mike
It really is time to do a double flip for your Flip video camera as you find ways to integrate with free Windows Movie Maker. I recently purchased 30 Flip Video Camera for student use! They have been a hit as have the movies that students have produced. While others may not, I did experience problems with the Flip Software (too simplistic) and using the video files on various computers and networks. I did a triple flip when I found the free productAny Video Converter (opens in new tab). This powerful yet free video converter application makes video and audio conversion quick and easy. The application can��clip any segmentsand optionally merge and sort them to make a creative movie. Even more, Any Video Converter Freeware cancrop frame sizeto remove any unwanted area in the frame ,just like a pair of smart scissors. It can convert almost any video format: including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI, MPEG-I, DVD NTSC , DVD PAL, Flash for Video (FLV), AVI Video and Customized WMV movie formats. It also supports any user defined video file format as the output including avi, mp4, wmv, swf, flv, mkv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac, wave, m4a. This means that youtube, iPod, Zune, PSP, iPhone, 3GP Phone, and MP4 player are all covered. And if that’s not enough, it is also lightning fast, even over a network.
Now, about that Flip camera integration! It really is as simple as using the Flip Video Camera as a portable drive! Just plug the Flip Camera into the computer’s USB port. Then open up Any Video Converter. Next select Add Video. It is then simple to use the easy interface to find the drive of the Flip Video Camera . Now , open the drive and select the desired videos.
Once the videos are selected a selection must be made from a pull-down on the right regarding the correct output format. For Windows Movie Maker the choice is customized WMV movie. Note that there are many other formats to pick from including ones that will work on the Mac, Mobile phones (including the iPhone), Flash, and portable video players.
There is even an Output folder on the bottom of the menu with various choices. The built in default is to have the program build anAny Video Folderin the user’sMy Documents Folder. This can be great for network use that automatically sends user files to the user network folder. Since Any Video Converter (opens in new tab) can convert multiple files quickly and easily, you and your students will be editing using Windows Movie Maker or your preferred video editing software in no time. Take a moment to explore and learn about, and then download (opens in new tab)this free and useful program. While I have described its integration with Flip Video, you will find its power something you will find other reasons to do somersaults over!
Thanks for joining me on another adventure in the 21st century education! Remember to visit and learn about other great ideas and resources found at my21centuryedtechWiki and read and subscribe to my newest posts at my 21centuryedtech Blog! As always you can follow me at www.twitter.com/mjgormans . Please remember join me for my free webinar at Discovery Education, as I show you how to learn, create, and innovate using MIT's free program; Scratch! I really do hope to see you there! Have a great week! - Mike