Are you sick of lugging out the big VHS camcorder to capture funny moments, family moments, and special events? By the time the camera is set up and everything is going, there are tons of possibilities that can make you miss the special memories. Bad batteries, broken, full, deformed tapes, and countless other problems can occur. Pure Digital Technologies has found a convenient solution to these problems with their small and fast Flip Video.
Flip Video is about the size of a deck of cards and depending on what version you own, it can hold either 30 minutes or 60 minutes of video footage. Compared to DVD camcorders made today, that is about the same, with most blank DVD discs for those camcorders having 30 minutes of available space. Depending on how long you plan on taping simultaneously would depend on the amount of space you would need.
While Flip Video is not made for big Hollywood productions, it is perfect for anything computer related and comes with cords to connect to any television. The resolution for all Flip Videos is 640 x 480 and records at 30 frames per second. A lot of low-end hand-held video camcorders do not feature video playback and sometimes not even a microphone, but the Flip Video has a 1.5 inch screen with playback and sound included.
The Flip Video is made tailored to computer use, and this is proven with it’s built-in USB 2.0 computer connection, and recording in MPEG-4, the standard for Ipods and video sharing sites like YouTube.com. The built-in USB 2.0 connection is really nice, considering most computers and other electronics already have enough cords to deal with. The MPEG-4 is also nice because you can waste hard-drive space and much time converting the videos for use.
Figuring video on a computer can be a pain, filled with tutorials and other things, but the Flip Video has built in software that automatically loads each time your Flip Video is plugged in. Within this software you are able to store your footage to the hard drive to go and record more, get still Jpeg images from any of the videos, and even do some basic editing to edit out the fluff of your home movies.
Other features of the software include, video montage mixing, ability to create and email a video greeting card, and directly publish your videos to websites from within the program.
If computers are not your best thing, than many retailers like CVS, Rite Aid, and Ritz Camera offer DVD processing of the camcorder, so instead of dealing with editing or hooking up the camcorder to your T.V, just pop in the DVD and you are all set to watch the videos.
Some of the obvious set backs of the Flip Video is it’s size. There is no built in motion-control or steady shot on the camera, so you will need to keep a steady hold to prevent a lot of shakiness aka the “Blair Witch” effect. The 30 minutes of video footage may be too small in some cases, and while it is a pain to switch tapes in the middle of recording, it is more inconvenient to be away from a computer when your camera gets full and there is nowhere to put the footage. The camera does feature the option to delete clips you have made though, but if they are all keepers than you are stuck until there is access to a computer to put the footage.
Pure Digital’s Flip Video is a cheap, small, convenient way to capture video, and is great for computer use, whether for family, friends, or just fun. The easy ability to connect and download your video is easy and quick, and the Flip Video is a great buy. For more information visit www.theflip.com.