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Doug Belshaw said in May 1st, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Wow! That cluttered desk really puts mine to shame… ;-)

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BillTheEditor said in May 1st, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I bought a Flip Video (the 60-minute version) about six weeks ago. My observations:

Good quality video and audio for everyday use and for basic e-Learning apps, but certainly not to compare even with most consumer-grade camcorders. Better than most cell phone video, howver. Be sure that you are shooting in a place with enough light: this is not a night-vision camera.

Controls are very basic. Holding camera steady while zooming in or out takes practice. On my camera, the red button is tricky — hard to stop recording, takes several presses of the button, which is frustrating and also makes for more camera shake.

Editing software does not function on a Mac. Works well on a PC, though it is pretty basic. You can upload to your Mac pretty easily. The instructions for converting the video to QuickTime format are pretty confusing, and I still have trouble — the manual is not much help.

Files are very large, with no way to compress them unless you use third-party software. This means upload times to YouTube can be quite long, ditto for emailing your videos.

I overspent. Considering that most of what I’ve shot so far has been 1- to 3-minute segments, and I am never far from my PC or my MacBook, I could have saved myself $70 and bought the 30-minute Flip.

Bottom line: The Flip is a nice little camera, just don’t expect too much from it. (My cell phone actually makes videos that are as good or better, but of course my phone cost about twice what the Flip did, so it better be good!) Good for interviews, getting video of expert performance/needs assessment examples, plus all the usual informal and family video opportunities. Think of it as being the early 21st century version of the Brownie box camera.

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Anna said in May 2nd, 2008 at 7:18 am

@BillTheEditor: Thanks for your review! I’ve only taken that one single video so far. Things got crazy yesterday. Mostly me working on the easiest way to get the video into iMovie ’08. Mac users need to blast Apple with requests for an update to ’08 to support AVI!

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Anna said in May 2nd, 2008 at 7:19 am

@Doug Belshaw: What? What desk? I didn’t see a desk in my video! Oh… right… the clutter covered it… I’m not even certain what color my desktop is…

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Mickey Bumpus said in May 8th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I love my Flip – it’s fun, easy and quick! I just need help adding music to my movies! I teach 5th grade – see lots of potential with it.

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Anna said in May 9th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

@Mickey Bumpus: Are you a Mac or a PC? What software do you use?

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Mickey Bumpus said in May 15th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I’m a PC user – I have just been using the FLIP software to make the movies. Thanks!