This is 100% Mac compatible. I plugged it into the USB port, downloaded and played immediately. It was absolutely seamless. I didn't need any additional software at all. I have a two year old Mac Powerbook G4, Non-Intel (bought my Mac just before it switched). Make sure you have enough memory and space, though. The files are huge!
Only because you asked, I tried four different screens -- a 42" plasma flatscreen, a 42" lcd flatscreen, a regular old-style TV and an lcd computer monitor.
The old-style TV, I wasn't surprised, was "grainy," to use an old-fashioned term. The plasma was disappointing. The particular model I own didn't allow me to shrink the video to its natural size, so the picture was blown up edge to edge and that caused the picture to degrade. (DVDs on that TV are great, by the way.) Your plasma might operate differently and therefore, offer better results.
The lcd TV allowed viewing the videos at natural (large) size, best quality of all, although even full size it looked great. And the computer monitor was great, too.
If your potential gift recipient is a casual videographer as most of us are, they won't be disappointed. Fancy themselves as the next Baz Luhrmann and the Flip will promptly find itself on the return pile.
I will post these results to the review I already made in case it's of interest to others. Good luck, Bill!
I think Creative Vado HD is superior to the rest. You can search Amazon.com for Creative Vado HD or look at http://nothingbutcreative.blogspot.com/ for sample clips from Vado HD. It's really promising.
Zhao, did you ever solve this problem? I cannot get Flipshare to show previews and therefore cannot move videos to my PC or edit them. The Flipshare tech support kids are earnest but utterly unable to suggest a solution. After one week of back and forth their "engineers" have only managed to suggest that I reload the software and reboot my computer. Sigh.
I have had my Mino HD for a few months and while recording have often had it freeze up. Usually I have been able to reset it by holding the power on button or plugging it into USB, but today that didn't work. I searched around the internet and the answer posted below which came from Flip support appears to have resolved my problem as well:
"had the same problem when it was brand new straight out of the box. Below is Pure Digital's (manufacturer of the Mino HD) response. This did solved my problem.
"Please ensure that you are gently touching the operational buttons on the camcorder rather than pressing them. Pressing too hard, or too rapidly in succession while waiting for a response, can desensitize the touch pad, requiring a reset of the camcorder.
If you find that the Mino has already frozen, we suggest resetting the camcorder.
To reset, simply take a pin and insert it into the reset hole within the camera's tripod mount, wait five seconds before powering on, and then power on without touching any of the buttons on the back of the camcorder for an additional five seconds.
Please note that resetting the camcorder in this manner will not affect the videos resident on the camcorder; it will simply reset the screen and button sensitivity on the Mino.
Flip Video Support"
I hope this helps.
BTW my Mino HD has frozen twice now (I've had it for 2 hours total so far!) and the reset trick has fixed it both times. It seems to me the buttons are too sensitive or the computer program not the most stable. I hope this is the last of the problems! "
I have both and I think the difference in picture quality is significant, especially for indoor shooting where you often have low light situations. After shooting HD videos, I was surprised how much grainier my older videos from Flip looked in comparison. The compression format is also different from the older Flip which helps compress the video despite the HD quality. The HD videos look so much better on my 17" LCD laptop than the older Flip videos. I also have Creative Vado HD, which I like due to the larger capacity and larger screen size for the same price range.
Flip has been in the market before Creative Vado and thus a lot of people is still not aware of Creative Vado HD's existence. Creative Vado HD is the first product in this area that truely shines. The original Vado is more for fun and does not offer high quality video/audio. If the Vado HD works as expected and is easy to use for PC and mac, I believe it will catch up sooner or later.
OldAmazonian doesn't know what s/he's talking about. Yes yes and yes. It's seen as a mass storage device, just open the folder and drag the .avi files to your hard drive. Same on Win and Mac, the included software for those OSes is just bloatware in my opinion, don't need to install it.