If You Have a Flip MinoHD & a Macbook...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by HappyDude20, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    Do they play nicely?

    I've just been reading up on amazon that the Flip's MinoHD is not recognized, nor even at times if the USB port allowed to fit in the Macbook. I have the 13in. MBP and i'd hate to purchase a MinoHD and have it not work unless I buy an extension; figured some people on this trusty forum could offer a word or two on the matter.
     
  2. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

    Abyssgh0st

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    I had a Flip Mino HD with a white polycarbonate MacBook (2.13 mid '09 version), and it integrated perfectly with iPhoto (from iLife '09).

    Video quality was great, quite good for a ~$200 camera and playback on a non-LED (it was an LCD) display.

    Never had any USB port issues either, always recognized and always fit like any other USB nub.
     
  3. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    thats good to hear.

    I'm readning all these bad reviews concerning it not being recognized with a MBP and am ready to bite the bullet on the purchase.

    If anyone has an aluminum MBP and could weigh in...
     
  4. icBigMike macrumors newbie

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    Well, I don't have a flip mino, but I've been researching this area quite a bit and will offer you my input (not trying to sell you on something else though).

    I ended up getting a Kodak Zi8 over the flip minoHD for several reasons:
    -image stabilization
    -external mic port
    -SD card slot
    -Around half the price of the mino
    -Movies are in .mov format right from the camera.

    It still records in 1080p, awesome quality! The video camera connects perfectly fine via the usb connection (it shows up as two icons, one for the software and one for the .mov files), but I honestly don't even bother with that. I just remove the SD card, and pop it into my Alum 13" MBP SD card reader.

    Not trying to sell you on this one, but the fact that I can buy an extra battery and extra SD cards (works with up to 32GB) is a clear winner in my book, in addition to the other features the mino doesn't have. I'll admit, I like the form factor and style of the Mino, but the Kodak ain't so bad either. Check out some vid samples on youtube or something to see the quality.
     
  5. boston44 macrumors 6502

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    I have the exact setup as you, 13 inch MBP and Flip MinoHD. They work fine together, everything is perfect. The camera fits into the USB port just fine, at first I thought it didn't but I have had no problems with it since. I have also viewed some of the videos on my mac and they look great! However, I have also heard good things about the Kodak the previous poster has said. Still, I am content with these two items and hope you will be as well! If you have any other specific questions let me know.
     
  6. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    Thanks for the input guys.

    As I continued to research online my friend stopped by and handed me a belated Christmas gift. Turns out it was a Casio Exilim 10.2 MP digital camera. So here I am now fiddling with a new camera. Though I was hoping to record audio, a digital camera seems awesome too though in all honestly I'm kinda a video filming kinda guy. Especially with YouTube allowing me to house all my videos from previous years.

    It's great to hear your MBP+MinoHD setup works well. Kinda makes me rethink the digi-cam my friend just got me. However I have been hearing Flip is coming out with a new camera by April. But the current MinoHD has me sold. However I'm fiddling with this digital camera now and it seems it also records video; sub-par quality of course, but at least something to ease my mind.

    Oh man, oh man.

    It's interesting, i've put off having a Facebook or Myspace account because of my lack of (current) photos I have. Meanwhile many friends asking why I'm not in contact w/ them. Perhaps i'm just making myself feel better now with this digital camera but admittedly I wanted the Flip MinoHD. The quality seems great and I wanted to capture events throughout my day, even record daily video logs; kinda my approach of a digital journal....but I guess a digital camera for photos will work too. I see how that goes, and I still got iMovie to film at times....right? ...
    ...
    ...right?

    (Cries)

    :]


    Edit: I guess the real truth isn't that i'm waiting for the iPhone to have awesome HD video recording capabilities, i'm just waiting for the iPhone to come to Verizon.
     
  7. TheOnlyJon macrumors 6502a

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    I just got the Aiptek A-HD+ 1080p camera for Christmas and it's fantastic...it plays EXTREMELY well with Macs (using an early 2008 white Macbook) and takes great quality video for the price. Full HD, 1080p OR 720p at 60fps (there are other settings too, these being the most notable).

    Aiptek A-HD+

    I'm only saying this because, depending on the quality you're looking for, this might be a better option than the Flip.
     

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  8. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Flip Mino (standard version) and it works fine. The Mac software for the Flip isn't good but the camera links with the computer easily.
     
  9. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So I received my Flip Mino HD today, recorded video and hooked it up to my MBP 13in....which works perfectly!

    I love the HD quality, though image stablization could be better, but this def. suits me perfectly!

    Just wanted to let anyone know who may stumble upon this thread in search of the same situation.
     

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