Flip Video-Exploring Features

Posted by Peggy George on Feb 6, 2009 in education, family |

This post started out as a test to see if I could upload a movie from my Flip Video camera to my blog. I was delighted to find that it not only was a successful upload, but that it retained very good quality. I am using an older model of Flip Video from Pure Digital (60 min. capacity) which I purchased on sale at Office Max for $129.00. There are newer models available now with improved features and the prices have actually come down. If I were to buy one now I would choose one that has the ability to be re-charged because you can go through the AA batteries pretty quickly. I would also like to have one that has more zoom capability. I took photos of a high school performance in a dark auditorium and while the photos were quite clear in spite of the conditions, I couldn’t zoom in as much as I would have liked. I chose to post the short video clip of wakeboarding on the lake because it wasn’t a “close-up” but still captured the moment. You can also take still photos with the camera.

I love how easy it is to carry (light-weight, fits easily in pocket or purse). I also really like the flip-out USB arm that allows you to plug into your computer without an additional cable and download your videos. I was able to take lots of short segments with room to spare on my 60-minute capacity and then drop all of them into iMovie on my MacBookPro to add still photos, music, captions, transitions and create a very nice finished product. Of course it doesn’t have the features and quality of my Canon DVR but it is a great, inexpensive, portable alternative that allows you to always be prepared to capture those spontaneous moments that can pass so quickly! No setup is required, just turn it on and click on record. I’m really enjoying exploring the potential of my FlipVideo camera!

The Ultimate Camping Experience (one example-click on the link)

This was an incredible moment captured with my FlipVideo camera. I was so “tickled” to realize that we could use a cell phone to call Costco’s while connected wirelessly to the internet to order a new DVR camera while out in the mountains camping! A moment worth capturing!



Feb 7, 2009 at 9:02 am

Hi Peggy, congratulations on getting your flip video up on your blog! I have an idea, try uploading the video to your Veeple.com account and put some interactive spots in it. Could be lots of fun.


Feb 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Thanks a lot for posting a comment and for your excellent suggestion about uploading the video to my Veeple.com account. I am definitely going to explore that because it really is fun to be able to add interactive spots to the videos. That is a fantastic feature on Veeple. As soon as I get some time I will give it a try and upload the results here in my blog. As you can tell by the things I choose to blog about I am very interested in all kinds of photography and video tools! I appreciate your encouragement!

Nancy Pratt
Feb 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Hi Peggy,
Great post about the Flip Camera. I just love these little things. I have a couple for my district, and have been sharing them among the tech cadre. I also let a principal use one–she is trying to capture examples of rigor and relevance. I think she will be showing the samples at staff meetings….I agree that the immediacy is so great..
What fun!

Feb 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Thank you so much Nancy for sharing how you’re beginning to use the Flip cameras. I’d love to hear more examples as you continue to explore uses. I’m very interested in knowing which camera you are using. Are you happy with the features? Which were the important features that helped you decide? I’m assuming cost is an important factor for school/district purchases. I’ll look forward to seeing examples of video you and your teachers/administrators capture! Very exciting stuff!!

Nan Lefebure
Feb 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hi Peggy –
Your FLIP video looks great. I’d love to have one at school for students to use. I’m going to pursue that! Thanks for sharing.


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