Flip Video Camcorder – Easy and Affordable

Flip Video

Being able to shoot video and create multimedia packages for the web are highly marketable skills to have in today’s media landscape. But even video novices can begin dabbling with multimedia using The Flip video camcorder. For around $200, the Flip is an extremely affordable and easy way to start incorporating video into your website. The portable camera records up to 60 minutes of footage and the picture quality is surprisingly clear, sporting a resolution of 640×480 (1280×720 for the HD model).

Flip takes a “what you see is what you get” approach, meaning that there is no zoom function. But for what it does, it couldn’t be simpler. Footage is easily transferred to a computer using a built-in flip-up USB port (which also doubles as a battery charger on the Mino models).  The camera comes pre-loaded with Flipshare, its own editing software, which performs basic editing functions including trimming clips and taking still photo captures from video. Video can also be edited in other programs such as iMovie and Windows Movie Maker.

For more information visit: www.theflip.com

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 19th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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