Flippin' Good Idea
by Gary Woods
The Flip Pocket camcorders have been out for a while (http://www.theflip.com/en-us/). They're cute little High Def video recorders you can stick in your pocket to capture all those embarrassing moments your friends and relatives wish you wouldn't and then post them to YouTube. But getting those videos onto your home HDTV has been kind of a hassle before the FlipShare TV (http://store.theflip.com/FlipShareTV.aspx) by Cisco showed up.
The $149 box works by attaching the bundled USB dongle to your PC then connecting the box to your TV set via its composite-video or HDMI cables. The user interface then appears on your TV and lets you know when it is communicating with the FlipShare software on your PC. When the dongle and box are communicating the remote's menu button brings up your options to view clips on your hard drive or videos that users have put on their FlipChannels and your favorites section. To setup FlipChannels and look at other people's videos you set up a free account via the PC software.
The videos streamed over the Wi-Fi box definitely don't look as good as when you connect your computer or laptop directly to your TV set and the quality of online videos can vary widely. But if what you want is to see that video you just created displayed on that big HDTV you've got ensconced in your living room quickly then FlipShare TV will get you viewing your movies in a hurry.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc