Melissa,
 
I've had similar experiences with Flip Cameras Mino (in general).    As a result, I have set some requirements before a Flip Camera can be signed out. 1)  having both the person being "video certified"  and 2)  the hardware they will be using becoming "video certified".  That means we have tested the Flip Camera on that hardware.  I found that once I used the Flip software once (in admin mode) on the system to 'save a video"  the system inherits the correct codec, so that future avi files copied from the flip seem to work in movie maker (this was not the ULTRA though). Once I know which computer they plan to use and know that the necessary codec are on that machine, movie maker usually works fine (even when not in admin mode)
 
Video certified "person"  is basically someone who has reviewed with me  some basic information that anyone should have when signing out a FLIP, ranging from copyright,  scope of the project, and other items such as Privacy concerns using the FLIP.
When I was doing FLIP training this summer, I learned that the feature on FLIP software that says "email video"  looks secure,  and emails the participant an email link to a page that says "private viewing" -- however, that link is NOT private and can be linked on any website and the code can be embedded anywhere (including myspace).  I wanted to make sure that teachers understood the "upload to youtube features" as well as the "email link" feature when they send a student off with a FLIP camera for a project. 
Scope of the project was also important, since the FLIP is so easy to point and shoot, beginners where trying to make movies that were an hour long.  
 
I also don't like that the FLIP software allows you to rename pictures and folders (that are not actually) being renamed.  Some teachers would take hours to name clips and organize their clips in folders, but when they decided to move the project over to Movie Maker because they want more features (the renaming of files and folders does not follow the files).  The renaming within the Flip software is really just a pointer.  ARRGH.. for this reason I tend to have people go straight to movie maker and not bother with the Flip software.
 
Here is my Flip Video Training Page.  Feel free to use anything on here.
http://sites.google.com/a/stacsvt.org/tech-dept/home/tech-training/flipvideotraining
 
 
Lucie
 
 
 

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 11:09 AM, Melissa Hayden-Raley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Has anyone used the Flip Ultra 120 at their schools yet?  We purchased two
dozen over the summer for our schools, as the four 30-minute cameras that
we had for signout last year were extremely popular.  However, these 120s
are NOT as friendly.

My primary complaint is that the software requires admin privileges to
install.  This isn't to load drivers or add hardware, this is just
software to edit clips.  I decided to install it on my own laptop to see
what it's doing... it does a simulataneous login as the local system
account to install itself.  Not only that, but it inexplicably loaded the
System account desktop (?!) which for the average teacher is going to be
quite the WTF moment.  I've had a couple of teachers report to me that
once they get past the installation, when the software tries to save an
edited file, it will simply hang partway through, with an ominous "do not
unplug the device!!" message.

So far, these have been nothing but a frustration.  As an alternative to
temporarily assigning admin privs and walking through a crazy installation
just to use iffy software, the only other choice I've found is to walk
them through locating their video file (mp4) on the camera and running it
through a converter so that they can use Windows Movie Maker, which
everyone already has.

Am I the only having a tough time with these?  Does someone who's been
using them for longer have some words of wisdom?

Melissa Hayden-Raley
IT Technician
Milton Town School District
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