Mac users: Try organizing Flip videos with iPhoto

Flip cameras come equipped with built-in software, FlipShare, that offers several tools allowing you to edit and personalize your movie clips.  While it works for some, others may want something a little simpler that works a lot faster.  iPhoto is already installed on most Macs and boasts an easy-to-use interface.  Here’s how to get started:

1. Plug the Flip camera into your laptop using the built-in USB arm.
2. Wait for the camera to turn on and the Flip icon to appear on the desktop, but don’t open it.
3. Open iPhoto instead.
4. iPhoto will ask if you’d like to always use this application when you connect your Flip camera.  Select Yes for iPhoto to open automatically in the future when downloading Flip footage.  These settings can also be changed in iPhoto > Preferences > General, then select which application to open when this camera is connected to the computer.

5. Start importing video clips and iPhoto will automatically keep them organized for you.  Videos can also be easily transferred to iTunes or iDVD.


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Amber Nutt

Amber Nutt is an Education Support Technologist at the University of Kansas.