However, the arrival of the FLIP video camera makes life a little easier for us all. The help and support site is pretty good, but to be honest this is video production for complete duffers. There is a great review on YouTube from ComputerWorld. The Flip comes with in-house editing software, but TBH my approach is to ignore this, as it doesn't let you do much, and go straight for this approach.
- have a single focus for each video, within a larger theme;
- capture video handheld or using tripod;
- plug the Flip camera into my PC using its USB arm;
- open-up the folder structure using My Computer;
- import .avi files to Windows Movie Maker, by dragging and dropping;
- edit videos, spliced with simple transitions;
- embed user-feedback along the way;
- embed photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 7600 as appropriate;
- add extra audio recorded with Plantronics DSP500 headset and audacity [producing mp3 files] as appropriate, by dragging and dropping;
- login to YouTube [you need an account but you can create one with your google account]; and
- upload from your homepage and wait for the video to load.