Do you Flip Mino? Why not?

by Lee Hopkins on April 22, 2010 · 6 comments

in marketing,pr,public speaking,tools

the flip mino hd - click on the camera to read my review of it

L ong-time readers of this blog will remember that I have many times declared my love for the Flip Mino.

It’s a phenomenal camcorder that deserves a place in every communicator’s toolbox.

To show you how it can create a powerful and compelling message for you and your organisation, watch the results that can be achieved: one of my clients, Michels Warren, used it to create a video advert for their media training course.

It was simplicity itself to achieve:

1. Record some visuals with the Flip mino

2. Insert the Flip’s usb connection into a laptop and transfer the video across

3. Edit the visuals with Windows Movie Maker

4. Add some royalty-free music as the soundtrack (from services like Music Alley, although in this case Michels Warren chose to use some music offered by YouTube)

5. Publish the finished result to YouTube

Simple and effective.

Have you thought about putting together a video with a Flip mino? Perhaps an interview with the MD, or a demo of a new product, or introducing a new member of staff to a geographically dispersed team. Or even an advert like the one Michels Warren created for their media training course.


  • daganhenderson

    I love my Flip too, but lately I've been coveting a Kodak Zi8 because of the higher video quality (1080p @ 30fps and 720p @ 60 or 30 fps are all available) and the option to connect an external mic (huge for me!).

    I have to admit that I haven't worked with Kodak's editing software though, and Flip's is _dead_ easy.

  • Gillian_Google_SEO

    I haven't actually heard of this device but thanks for reviewing it. It seems very easy. Hope the collaboration is going well with Michels Warren!

  • http://www.LeeHopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    G'day Dagan,

    I can understand why you'd want the Zi8, and I toyed with the idea of purchasing one because the Flip couldn't handle the audio as neatly as I liked in my vidcasts.

    In the end I settled for a canon camcorder with mic input and 180 degree rotatable monitor screen, but kept the Flip in my pocket because it's so brilliant as a 'whip it out and grab an interview' camcorder. Sure, the zoom is negligible, but as an 'instant on' tool it's brilliant.

  • http://www.LeeHopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    Thanks, Gillian.

    The collaboration is going extremely well, and thanks for your thoughts.

    The Flip is one of my favourite tools, because it's so quick and simple to operate. You really can take some footage, quickly edit and have it on YouTube in under 10 minutes; less if you bypass the editing stage.

    I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • mavstar

    The best thing about this – apart from the social media impact/business development – was the wow factor. We shot, edited and uploaded this video inside of two hours and the client was very impressed. Job done!

  • http://www.LeeHopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    Just saw Sir Tim Berners-Lee use a Flip during his presentation on the semantic web – watch the brilliant 3.0 doco near the end
    http://www.leehopkins.net/2010/05/10/the-semant

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