Thursday, December 17, 2009

FLIP Camera

This week I was working with an English teacher on creating videos for the Brainy Flix contest where students can submit videos using SAT and ACT words in mini skits.  The camera(s) we were allowing the students to use were Sony with Mini DV tapes.  I have some great software, but transferring short clips and mini DV's tapes is not the best situation to be in.

We realized that transferring the short films was a pain.  We also realized that kids do not know how to use a camera!  So I contacted my District Technology Coordinator and asked about getting a camera that had a hard drive to store the films on.  That way when mistakes are made, they could be deleted instantly, and downloading them to the computer would be easier.

So they decided to purchase a FLIP camera for me to use with the students.  I have never had one.  I also have never used one.....

SO, ANYONE WHO HAS USED ONE, PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH ME.  THANKS!!

3 comments:

  1. I have used these cameras for a long time and they do a great job. Not sure what model you purchased, but if it is the HD model, you must make sure to hold the camera very still (no image stabilizer). Their main advantage is simplicity and being able to quickly shoot video. Many people now agree that it is better to shoot short video and then edit them together to make your full length video.

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  2. I have one. Very easy to use. Check out Digital Wish. They are selling them 2/1 for school use. I use the Flipshare software and Animoto to create videos.

    http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=4310

    http://animoto.com/education/

    Hope this helps.

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  3. Love using Flip Cameras! I used with students a lot last year. Lots of resources and experiences listed on my blog: mwedwardstechnology.blogspot.com

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