The New York Times Gadgetwise blog is reporting that Flip users have 30 days to save any videos uploaded to FlipShare, the video-sharing site for the Flip video camera. Last month Flip owner Cisco announced it was discontinuing the Flip, a favourite of multimedia journalists.
FlipShare will exist until 31 December 2013 and Cisco will continue to provide technical support for Flip users until that date.
Here is the nearer deadline: Cisco has put a 30-day expiration date on videos and photos stored on FlipShare’s Web service. Starting May 12, videos will expire 30 days after being loaded. Cisco doesn’t say explicitly what happens after 30 days, but presumably they will be erased. This also applies to videos that have been posted before May 12, so you have about a month to rescue all of those videos you have archived on FlipShare.
There is a step-by-step explanation of how to move your videos from the web to your computer here, on the Flip Web site.
Flip videos that you share to Facebook and YouTube aren’t subject to expiration.