Advice on using your flip to shoot video

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I’m doing a lot more video this year as part of my digital teaching. One reason for that is we have bought a boat load of Flip video recorders to play with. That means we can do video without the big camera issues.

Whilst pulling together resources for video (I’m expecting the students to do a lot of reading around the basic technical stuff) I came across the Flip video spotlight site.

Flip Video Spotlight provides steeply discounted access to selected Flip Video products to qualifying charitable organizations. To start, charitable organizations apply online to become a Participating Partner. If approved, Participating Partners join our online community and receive access to the Flip Video Spotlight storefront. For each Flip Video Ultra camcorder purchased through the storefront, Flip Video Spotlight donates a free unit.

How nice is that.

As part of the site there are basic tips on storytellingshooting, production and distribution. They also have a couple of neat videos offering guidance for using for the flip. So even if you don’t fit their criteria you can still benefit from the advice

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5 Replies to “Advice on using your flip to shoot video”

  1. I’ve been using a Flip Mino for a couple of years now and I love it. I use a small home made fig rig to keep it steady. It’s akin to mounting it in the middle of a steering wheel. That way extra accessories can be attached if required, like a mic or some small lights. It also allows me to hold it very steady and move quickly as my hands are further apart when shooting.

    I’m about to get a Canon 7d for work as I progress into HD filmmaking but I’ll hang onto my Flip so that I can attach it to things. I’m about to make a short film about high speed remote control cars and I’ll use the Flip to mount on one of the vehicles and use the footage as picture in picture, for example.

    I will make a quick tutorial on my fig rig in the coming weeks should anyone be interested in making one.

    It’s a brilliant little camera. I made a documentary film with mine on the G20 Demo last April. You can see it at along with several more Flip shorts.

    Now, if only Flip would add an external mic socket. That would be well cool, would it not? Flip, are you listening?

    Paul Treacy

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