Don’t Flip Out!

Jul 22, 2009

I am about to embark on a intro video for my Blog and got hold of a Kodak HD Zi6 (pocket camcorder) which had a huge discount on it…..would have liked the Flip, but this looks pretty cool………my daughter loves it! Looks pretty easy ………just plug into the USB to download. – Sean

Flip cameras and their knock-offs are awesome for three big reasons: (1) Very simple to operate, (2) instant USB upload, and (3) they are so small that you can carry them with you all the time. #3 is the most important, because no matter how nice a camera is, if you don’t have it with you, it’s worthless.

That said, neither the Flip or the Kodak you bought allow you to plug in an external microphone, and as I am going to discuss very soon in a post, AUDIO is actually the most important part of an internet marketing video. (As strange as that may sound, it’s true, and I’ll explain all the reasons why in that post.) I’m sure one of these days they will start adding a mic jack to these devices, but until they do, they will not be your best option for producing quality marketing videos. Don’t get me wrong, they are fantastic little devices — I mean, HD quality and hours of solid state recording time that you can carry in your shirt pocket, is just amazing — that are awesome for simple Vlogs (which is what we all need to do right now), but when it comes time to produce product-oriented videos, you’ll want to get your hands on a better camera.

I hope what I wrote doesn’t cause you to “flip” out about your purchase. What you bought is a great tool that will serve you well, but we all know that no tool does every job. Hey, I had some real cinematographer-type video guys telling me the other day how much my $5000 Sony Z1 cameras suck, and I own two of them!  So, if I can get over that, you can too.

(Update: While Flip still hasn’t released a camera with an external mic jack, the Kodak Zi8 was released in Sept 2009 and it has one, along some other cool features. As of right now, the Zi8 is my pick for a simple, cheap camera for making web videos.)


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