How to Edit Video from Flip Camera on iPad 2

There aren’t many third-party cameras that can be used to shoot compatible video with Apple’s new iPad 2 video editing program, iMovie. This Pure Digital Flip Mino and Flip Ultra HD it will work. computer world we made and tried a short How-To video and it works fine with a caveat.

Flip Ultra HD connected to iPad 2

The Flip Ultra HD and Flip Mino capture the right kind of video, but the Flip Ultra HD draws a little more power than the iPad 2. For longer clips you’ll need to plug the Flip Ultra HD into a powered USB hub for it to work. We were able to import a one-minute clip from Flip Ultra HD, but this error occurs with much longer clips. The error message “The connected accessory is using too much power” says “Accessory Unavailable”.

Error Message when plugging Flip Ultra HD directly into iPad 2

If you plug Flip Ultra HD directly into iPad 2 you will get this error message

Plug a powered USB hub into your iPad 2, powered by a wall power outlet, as outlined in the video below. Then plug the Flip Ultra HD into this hub. If you have a Flip Mino, PC Magazine says it should work without the hub. If you’re getting the above error even with the hub, try disconnecting the hub’s USB cable and plugging it back into the iPad 2 and make sure it’s plugged in and getting power.

Here are the basic steps to follow:

  1. Capture video with the flip camera
  2. Connect the Flip camera to iPad 2 using the device’s USB to Dock adapter. iPad Camera Connection Kit (including USB powered hub with Flip Ultra HD camera)
  3. Import the video when the iPad 2 Photo App starts automatically (use the blue Import All button or select individual clips and use Import Selected)
  4. Delete the photos or keep them when the app asks you which one you want to do (the video suggests saving them and we accept)
  5. Start iMovie and start a new project using the plus icon
  6. Edit the movie according to the video’s instructions

Let us know if you find Flip cameras or any other cameras that work outside of the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

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