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USB software not installing?

I need help and apologize if I'm not good at putting this into technical terms. I got a Flip Video camcorder for Christmas. The way the Flip Video should work is to plug it into the UBS port and the software and driver should install from the Flip Video. Well it's not. (and I've had the same problem trying to use a Maxtor external hard drive.) I was able to plug the Flip Video into my desktop that I'm pretty sure doesn't even meet the system requirement and it worked there. And my sister has the exact same Flip Video camera and has used it on 3 computers with Windows Vista and it worked great. I really think the problem is something to do with my Acer 3680. I called Acer and sat on hold for 30 minutes to speak to a woman that had no idea and wanted me to restore my computer to factory settings. She sent me to a fee charging "software" department. After holding a while there, the guy I got said it wasn't possible for the driver to install from the USB device. Needless to say I'm a little frustrated. I know this works for other people. Please help!?

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USB ports on laptops are not always "powered" ports they are often "Low power" Usb ports, devices like external HDDs and webcams tend to draw too high a current to work properly on these Low power ports.

A way around this is to get a small "Powered" USB hub this is a Usb hub which has it's own plug in power supply (this is essential) you plug your devices into this and the hub into the low power USB socket. this means that the power is being drawn from the Powered hub instead of your laptop's ports.

I have come across this many times, and this small inconvenience is the only way around this.

Good luck

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More and more people likes shooting video about their life to share, recording clips about their companies, products, services to make promotion and win more attention and customers. In deed, great video is more powerful thousands times than text, picture, word. However, how to make great videos and where to place or share these videos, you could gain the expected result.

First, how to make great video:
1. Choose a camcorder to suit your needs;
The following has listed some camcorders for you, according to your needs, choose the most suitable one:
Mini DV camcorders are cheap, reliable, and widely compatible, shooting standard-definition video;
Mini DVD camcorders can shoot video with lower-quality than Mini DV camcorders and play back video instantly on it or a DVD player. The produced video is more difficult to edit.
AVCHD camcorders have ability to produce high-definition video, with high price and the hard-to-edit shot video.
Flip Video Camcorders are portable, easy-to-use solution for capturing everyday moments that happen anywhere, and sharing them with family and friends everywhere
If It was me, I would choose an AVCHD camcorder or flip video camcorder.

2. Shoot video with your chosen camcorder
Before shooting, you can refer to some basic camcorder shooting tips: Well prepared, you can shoot your video with your camcorder.

3. Perfect your capturing video
After you capture videos, you can perfect them with some video editing software. The best recommended ones are iMovie, FCE and FCP. But if you are unsatisfactory with them and own flip video, there is another great flip video editing software, Doremisoft mac flip converter, which can easily edit your flip video on mac.

Second, Where to place or share these videos
Youtube is the first choice to share home videos for most people. Youtube accepts a wide range of video formats, as following: Windows Media Video (.WMV), .3GP (Cell Phones), .AVI (Windows), .MOV (mac), .MP4 (iPod/PSP), .MPEG, .FLV (Adobe Flash), .SWF (Shockwave Flash), .MKV (h.264). Please check the format before you upload your camcorder video to youtube for share.

Actually, to share products video to make promotion for companies and organizations, alternative method to get more attraction is to embed video into website to add your product videos to your company home page so that it can win more visitors and traffic.

So, how to embed camcorders video to website? If you own AVCHD camcorder, please visit the Guide: Publish video to web from AVCHD to Flash on mac. For Flip video camcorders users, visit Guide: Put flip video to web page from Flip Mino&Mino HD, Flip Ultra&Ultra HD camcorder. Another camcorder users, refer to Embed video in website.

Next: Create free flash slideshow for website with photos.

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How to put flip video to web page from Flip Mino&Mino HD, Flip Ultra&Ultra HD...

Flip camcorders include the Flip Ultra, the Flip UltraHD, the Flip Video Mino, and the Flip Video MinoHD. They are nice affordable and easy to use. In this article, I want to talk about how to add Flip video to your website.

Two options to put Flip video on your website

Option1. The Easiest Way to Embed Flip Video in Website
Step1. Upload Flip video to YouTube with Flipshare
Flipshare is an amazing editing software designed by the Flip for Flip camcorders. It offers Flip users to Upload videos instantly to YouTube .

Step2. Embed the uploaded video in your website
After you upload Flip video to YouTube, just copy the code from the "Embed" box from YouTube and then paste it into your website.

Please mind: This method is easy-to-do and free, however, the embedded video will contain Ads and Text Youtube adds.

Option2. The Best Way to Put Flip Video to Website
Required Tool: Flip Video to Flash converter mac
The mac flip video to flash converter can convert your flip video to Flash in FLV and SWF formats which is the first choice to insert video in website. It supports all flip camcorders, such as the Flip Ultra, the Flip UltraHD, the Flip Video Mino, and the Flip Video MinoHD. You even don't have to take actionscript, because the flip video to flash converter mac has the ability to automatically embed your flip video in an HTML webpage.

Flip video MP4 to Flash converter mac empowers you to crop, clip and merge your MP4 files Flip video camcorder shoots as easy as a piece of cake. With Mac Flip video AVI to Flash converter, you are able to add special effect, flash player and preloader template to your AVI video clips so that your embedded videos look professional and more vivid.

How it works:
Step1. Download and install Flip video to Flash converter for mac
Step2. Launch the converter and import your flip video into it.
Step3. Do advanced operation such as cropping and clipping video.


Step4. Choose a flash player for flash video.


Step5. Click "Start" button to start the conversion
Step6. Upload the converted video into your host and copy the code from the output file(HTML file) to your website.

Note: Flip to Video Web Page Creator can only put flip videos on website. If you want to play flip videos on iPod, iPhone, etc, you need Flip Converter this tools.

Next: Create free flash slideshow for website with photos.

on May 12, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to convert Flip video to Mobile Phone on Mac

Flip video camcorder is the newly released pocket-sized camcorder by Pure Digital Technologies, a company bought by Cisco Systems in March of 2009. Till today, four variants of Flip videos has been released including Flip Ultra, Flip Ultra HD, Flip Video Mino and Flip Video Mino HD.
Flip video camcorder is easy-to-carry which greatly facilitates video recording for people even with no technical knowledge. This kind of camcorder usually record videos in two types: standard definition video in 640×480 resolution using MPEG-4 ASP video compression and high definition video in 1280×720 resolution using H.264 video compression, AAC audio compression and the MP4 file format.

Since Flip video camcorder usually capture videos in MP4 or H.264 file format, it is sometimes impossible for users who want to make their recorded video for other means. For example, they are wondering how to put the recorded video on their favourite mobile phones.

Video file formats used by mobile phone
There are a handful of common formats used for mobile phones like 3GP (the most commonly used mobile phone format), Flash Lite (a streamlined version of Flash developed specially for mobile phones and portable devices that is designed by an FLV extension), MPEG-4 (a good video sharing format for mobile phone, and also commonly used for online video).

Convert Flip video to mobile phone accepted files
Flip video to Mobile Phone converter for Mac is perhaps the most effective method for converting Flip videos to mobile phone compatible 3GP, FLV, MPEG-4 files with best conversion speed and fast output quality. This program is suitable for all modes of Flip video camcorder including Flip Ultra, Flip Ultra HD, Flip Video Mino and Flip Video Mino HD and can also be run on the world's most advanced OS---Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Flip video to Mobile Phone converter for Mac is an easy-to-use and user-friendly Flip video converter that can convert Flip videos to almost all popular file formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, ASF, MKV, VOB, MOV, FLV, ASF, SWF, DV, 3GP, RM etc so that you can put on other portable devices like iPod, iPhone, iRiver, Creative Zen, BlackBery etc, edit in various editing tools like iMovie, FCE, FCP, Adboe Premiere Pro, upload to websites etc without any difficulty. Besides, it can extract audio tracks from video files and save as MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, WAV, WMV audio files as well.

Mac Flip video to Mobile Phone converter is not only a professional Flip video player and converter, but also an excellent Flip video editing tool. Just take it for your personal Flip video editing, for example, you can cut your Flip video for a specific length for converting by Trim, adjust the right aspect ratio and resolution for your mobile phone by Crop and Settings separately, apply special effect to make your Flip video more artistic by Effect. Besides, you can also capture your favourite pictures when previewing. And more magic features can be expected from it. Just have a try.

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