Friday, February 19, 2010


In response to some of the comments and questions on my last post of creating a video demo, I thought I would share with you what I have learned so far.  The camera is an amazing!!!! little thing. I placed it under a dollar bill and next to my ipod for size comparison  I think there are a number of brands on the market, but the one I initially saw was the one Costco had.  I had a year end check from Costco - based on my credit card purchases with them - and I wanted to spend it on something other than groceries.  The devise is called a FLIP Video mino HD.  I have posted photos of the equipment.  This little video device takes high definition video and has a built in usb connection (I popped it out for the photo) where you just attach it to your computer for downloading.  The software is also built into the camera.  The camera has 60 minutes of recording on 4 GB of memory.  The battery is rechargable by plugging into the computer.  The whole thing is sealed so I don't know what happens when the batteries finally go dead.  Anyone out there know?  The other benefit is you can isolate a frame from the video and print it out as a single image.  This makes getting an action shot or a stealth shot fairly easy.  I haven't tested this aspect yet.  The cost for this device was $150 with a $30 instant rebate.  Even with California sales tax I got some change back from my check!  So, it feels like I got a free present from Costco.

The other piece of equipment that was very helpful is my Gorilla Pod tripod.  This is a flexible devise that is stable on any surface and can be positioned perfectly at any angle.  When I discovered this fabulous little gizmo, I had a heavier camera than the one I use now, so I bought the medium size Gorillapod.  This little Flip Camcorder can be easily supported on the small size one.  This larger one actually stands taller, so I find it useful for this setup.

I learned that it will be best to do short segments of video that can be stitched together by the software into one smooth seamless movie.  I haven't mastered the editing part yet.  As far as I can figure out, there is very little instruction information, so it is trial and error.

The hardest part is talking while videoing.  It feels kind of embarrassing talking to yourself and then hearing your voice  when you play it back.  That part will feel more comfortable with time and practice.

The software makes it easy to upload the finished movie to you-tube.  From there you can copy the html and drop it into a blog or website.  You can also send the video in an e-mail.

Any tips and tricks using this or a similar devise are more than welcome!


Unknown said...

Thanks so much for explaining how you make your videos and all the equipment! It's a great set-up and the results are wonderful. Please keep making and posting more of your videos!!

Mary Lou said...

Ah, the FLIP is a super little camera - I also got mine at Costco a few years ago - sadly, it only has 30 minutes. An easy little video camera to use! I carry mine in my purse! Great first video Myrna! I like that little tripod.

Mary Lou said...

forgot to say - my FLIP uses AAA batteries.. the new one doesn't???

Guy Magallanes said...

How fun is this? Where did you get your tripod? Just back from fb where I got to watch and listen to you. That was much fun. Thanks for sharing can't wait to see more.

Joyfulartist said...

My husband bought a Flip also at Costco but I've never used it but once and that's because he was driving at the time. I was gifted with one of those gorilla tripods and have never used it. Shame on me! I'd better get busy. Post more tips as you use it, we would all love it.

Celeste Bergin said...

fantastic informative post--thanks!

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