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How to Troubleshoot Flip Video Online Sharing Issues

By Joe Hutsko, Drew Davidson

If you’ve got videos in your Flip library, you probably want friends and family members to see them. One way to share your videos is to upload them to various social networking sites. Sharing videos online through FlipShare is a snap. You simply choose Share, Online, and then choose your site (MySpace, YouTube, and so on).

The Share tab on FlipShare allows users to share their videos online on sites like YouTube and Facebook.

Easy, right? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you might not encounter a few common issues, such as these:

  • E-mailed pictures and greeting cards appear as videos: Pictures you share using the E-mail or Greeting Card sharing options appear as 10-second videos when your recipient views the e-mail or greeting card. Pictures played on a DVD you create play as 3-second videos when you watch the DVD. Weird, yeah, but that’s how they appear.

  • The size limit of shared videos: Videos that you share in e-mails, greeting cards, and Flip Channels are limited to 450MB or less in size, and you won’t be able to upload anything larger than that size no matter how hard you kick, scream, or bite the wire connecting your computer to your broadband modem (or the air, if your connection is of the wireless variety).

  • Flip Channels that don’t appear when you install FlipShare on a new computer: Unfortunately, the Flip Channels you create on one computer don’t show up in the FlipShare program you install on a new or different computer. Your only choice is to re-create your Flip Channels on your new or other computer.

  • Facebook videos time limitation: Facebook wants to know as much as it can about you, and unless you fully complete the required fields in your account profile setup when you sign up for Facebook, videos that you upload are limited to 2 minutes of playtime even if your video is longer. Solution? Fill in the personal information and history data that Facebook wants on record, and then that oh-so-claustrophobic, 2-minute video length limit is history.