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Flip camera problem

On my flip camera, it only says that I have 42 minutes left even though there is nothing on it. it should say i have 60 min left. I've tried putting the videos back on then deleting them from the camera, but it still doesn't work. when i first got them onto the computer it copied them from the folder they were in to imovie, instead of bringing them on to the flipvideo editing place.

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  • NixFixt Oct 27, 2008

    My Flip Video ran out of battery as it was recording and now it says i have 27:15 as remaining time, instead of 30:00. When I search the Flip Video file, I find nothing. I can't figure this out. Please help?

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. My friend and I were recording something, and then my camcorder fell out of my hands. Now I only have 49 minutes and 13 seconds on it, when it's supposed to have 60 minutes. I tried the way from the Flip website, bu that didn't work, and I can't find the trash file for this on my computer

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    My flip has less than full recording time after I transfer the files to my computer than erase all videos on the flip.
    I am supposed to have 60 min, instead I have 50.


  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. Does anyone have the phone number for customer support?

  • mg8r1016 Jan 16, 2009

    i have this same problem!!! going round and round with customer support! keep also getting error saying in need to reformat my disk on the camera. i want the flip company to fix this for good!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    I deleted videos by dragging them into the trash after downloading them to my computer. My DCIM folder is EMPTY. No other video on the camera. Yet, I can ONLY record 3:07 of video then it says NO TIME LEFT. There should be 56 minutes and 53 seconds left. What should I do? I need more than three minutes of recording time!!! THIS IS STUPID!!! Thanks.

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    what if the files were used / trashed on another computer that is not your own?

  • SFRodo29 Feb 07, 2009

    My flip video is only showing 30 minutes recording time. However I purchased this camera off craigslist, and therefore don't have access to the original computer on which the camera was used? what can I do to solve this problem? please help me thank you.



  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    mine says i have 27 min and there's no video's on it! i should have all sixty



  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    same here

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    I have purchased 20 FLIPS (educational purposes) and I have three broken ones. Does anyone know where I can have these cameras repaired AFTER the warrraty has expired?

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    I accidently deleted all my videos of my Flip when my Flip was plugged in my computer, and it says I have 29:13 on my screen when there's no videos on it

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    same!

  • Anonymous May 22, 2009

    i have the same thing to!!! but mine is 47 minutes~!!


  • jdrrpupper Aug 11, 2010

    #5 worked for me too! Thanks a million!

  • Andrea Chart
    Andrea Chart Apr 03, 2014

    I found that when this was happening and I looked at the files that were on my flip that when connected to my PC it actually copied over a MY DESKTOP into the systems folder.

  • Andrea Chart
    Andrea Chart Apr 03, 2014

    I found that when this was happening and I looked at the files that were on my flip that when connected to my PC it actually copied over a MY DESKTOP into the systems folder.

  • Andrea Chart
    Andrea Chart Apr 03, 2014

    I found that when this was happening and I looked at the files that were on my flip that when connected to my PC it actually copied over a MY DESKTOP into the systems folder.

  • Andrea Chart
    Andrea Chart Apr 03, 2014

    Sorry that went on 3 times: MY ANSWER: I selected the ANDREAS DESKTOP folder and deleted the WHOLE thing -it took over an hour! But that's what freed up the space.

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Ok Have same problem, literally just fixed in less than 5 mins ago, figued I would come back on this fourm I was searching on for a solution and post my soultion,,, Simple solution!!
Plug in flip to PC
go to my computer
right click on Flip
click Format
Click quick format
Solution!! My 60 mins was restored!!!!!
Hope it helps some one!!

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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    ithrowbigroc Jul 14, 2012

    THANK YOU

  • rrvcottravel
    rrvcottravel Jul 15, 2012

    Life saver!! Thank you.

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    rrvcottravel Jul 15, 2012

    Life saver! Thank you!

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    app_3rp96325 Oct 14, 2012

    You. Are. Awesome! Thank you!

  • Vicki Brochue May 20, 2013

    the first time you start flipshare program after the reformat it reinstalls the operating system on the camera. Remember you will lose all videos on the camera when you format

  • Drew Jakfors
    Drew Jakfors Jul 30, 2014

    thanks ive been wanting to record random things but i had a small record time thanks for the help you my friend are awesome

  • Patrick D Williams Jr
    Patrick D Williams Jr Dec 05, 2014

    I followed your simple instructions, now it's like new again.

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I found the solution!
Just put the Flip camera back into any computer on which you deleted files — then, with the Flip camera still attached, empty your trash bin.
All of the time comes right back. The only catch is if you have deleted files on many different computers. At some point, you will have to go back to those computers, insert the Flip, empty the trash and then you'll get your minutes back.
It's awesome. I am back in love with the Flip.
GERSH

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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Have you tried this (from the Flip website help section)?

We suggest trying the following to regain your full record time.

Connect your camcorder to your computer and open your
DCIM/100VIDEO folder. This folder contains the videos from your Flip Video camcorder. When your videos are manually renamed within this folder, they are no longer recognized by the Flip Video program. Please ensure that all videos in this folder are carrying their original name. For example, VID#####.AVI where ##### is any number between 00001 and 99998. Then, delete all videos you have previously saved from this folder. Your videos cannot be retrieved once they are deleted, so please make sure you have the videos you wish to keep saved into another folder before doing this.

Also make sure you have deleted any videos that reside outside of the
DCIM/100VIDEO folder within your camcorder's root directory.

After you have deleted all videos, disconnect your camcorder and check on your record time. If you have still not regained your full record time, please reconnect your camcorder and empty your "
trash can". Then, power your camcorder on and off 8 times.

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

  • cSmith108c Nov 29, 2010

    This solution worked for me immediately! I would really recommend trying this first before doing anything too drastic. All I had to do was save the videos into a file on my computer and then delete them from the DCIM folder and 100VIDEO folder!

  • astridgreen8 Apr 04, 2011

    this is awsome solution, thank you so much!

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If you have a mac you can use disk utility to repair the disk. It frees the orphaned files.

Posted on May 15, 2009

  • Lindy Lorena May 16, 2013

    This was a very quick fix ! I just clicked "Repair Disk" and problem solved. Thanks!

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ATTENTION!!!!
If you are on Windows PC:
If you cannot find your Trash Bin or Trash folders on your Flip drive with your computer, you will need to set the root Folder properties of the Flip Drive through Windows Explorer->Tools->View->Show hidden files and folders.
We had deleted files with my sisters Mac and so I had to do this to see it on my Windows machine.

Now I love my Flip.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

  • mamuse Nov 01, 2010

    The easiest and quickest solution. Flip is my friend again.

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Connect your camcorder to your computer and open your DCIM/100VIDEO folder. This folder contains the videos from your Flip Video camcorder. When your videos are manually renamed within this folder, they are no longer recognized by the Flip Video program. Please ensure that all videos in this folder are carrying their original name. For example, VID#####.AVI where ##### is any number between 00001 and 99998. Then, delete all videos you have previously saved from this folder. Your videos cannot be retrieved once they are deleted, so please make sure you have the videos you wish to keep saved into another folder before doing this.

Also make sure you have deleted any videos that reside outside of the
DCIM/100VIDEO folder within your camcorder's root directory.

After you have deleted all videos, disconnect your camcorder and check on your record time. If you have still not regained your full record time, please reconnect your camcorder and empty your "
trash can". Then, power your camcorder on and off 8 times.

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For everyone who wasn't successful with the "Empty Trash" solution and doesn't want to re-format the Flip memory, this is how I solved the problem of lost record time after two incidents of video file corruption (Flip Mino HD connected to PC with Windows XP):
I made a Windows standard disk check (no special tool) after which Windows had created a hidden folder named"FOUND.000" which contained a file with all the lost clusters of the corrupted videos (to see this folder you have to change your file explorer options to see all files/folders including protected system files). The file had just the size which I had been missing. I deleted the "FOUND.000" folder on the camcorder and now the it shows the full 60 minutes record time again.

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I had this same problem. But i found out that what i done was i deleted some videos on the camera using the computer. When i did that, on the camera it didn't give me the time back, even though it they were gone. The camera didn't recognize that the videos were gone because i didn't use the camera to delete them. So i was like aaaaah! Haha so anyway the way i believe i fixed it was to put all videos on the camera in the trash folder, delete it and i got all my time back.

I hope this helps :-).

- James

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Just followed the solution posted on March 23 from Smntnl - the Quick Format tip for a PC - worked fantastically. I have an older model flip btw. Thanks!

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I struggled with this for a couple hours before I found a solution that atually worked on my pc.

Plug your Flip into your PC
Make sure you have all of your videos saved onto your pc. Otherwise they WILL BE GONE FOREVER.

Delete the 100Video folder

Unplug your Flip and power it on (your time is still gone, but this step is important)

Plug your Flip back into your pc

Empty your recycle bin

Create a folder on your desktop (or wherever you like) called Flip Backup

drag and drop the ENTIRE contents of your Flip into the backup folder

Go to "My computer", right click on the flip drive and select format.
Check the "Quick format" box

Format the Flip.

Unplug the flip from your PC and power it on. Your lost time should be restored.

Finally, Plug your flip in one last time and drag and drop the contents of the "Flip backup" folder that you created back onto the Flip. (this will ensure that you have all the essentail files on your camera in case you use it with another computer).

Your done. time restored. happy day.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014

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    Andrea Chart Mar 31, 2014

    Jay - is there any way you can get me the software contents of your flip camera?? I followed steps on another post (it wasn't dated!!) that had me reformat. It gave a link for the software to re-intall but it was an old link. So now I have a totally empty camera and can't find those files.

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    Jay Carper Apr 01, 2014

    Andrea, I could e-mail you the files, but I imagine they are available free from flip?? I have not looked into it.

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I did the reformat solution and it worked great. What smntnl didn't mention was that after the format when you start up flipshare it automatically reinstalls the operating system on the camera, so no worries. Thanks smntnl (mar 23, 2009)

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This worked for me @ 06:00 on 7 March 2013

Thanks to Smntnl.

Plug in flip to PC
go to my computer
right click on Flip
click Format
Click quick format
Solution!! My 60 mins was restored!!!!!

John in the UK.

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Im still lost. how can i fix it. it says 44 minutes. amd im like what? i make videos..edit them put em on youtube ad delete em. so i have none. what can i do to fix it. i think i ahve 2 videos on my flip pomputer program thingy..lol help me.

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Solution #5 worked on my ultra flip:)

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If I use smntnl's solution will it erase all videos I have saved on the computer flip program.

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Solution #4 Smntl just worked for me!!!! Thank u thank uthank u!

Posted on Jun 05, 2009

I had the same problem. It was apparently created when I tried to delete the video files while connected to my Linux operating system. Instead of deleting the files, they were being dumped into a .Trash file on the Flip Video. Therefore, the video files were still taking up space. Once I emptied the .Trash file on the Flip Video, the space was restored on the Flip Video disk.

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I just followed the instructions posted on March 23, 2009 by Smntnl. They worked like a charm! Thanks a bunch. Now I finally (after several months of messing with this problem) have access to my full 60 minutes. Great solution!

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