FLIP Video "On the FLOP Side"

I was asked to do an interview with a Magazine out of Sacramento called Comstock’s. Nick Parish is a Tech Journalist, and writes a column called the EDGE. The article will be out sometime this September. So if you want the inside scoop about the FLIP Video Camera, here’s what I had to say…

—– Original Message —-
To: Brad Andersohn Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2008 9:23:45 AM
Subject: Re: tech journalist looking to speak with you (Sent via Activerain)

Hey Brad–

I write a column called Edge for a Sacramento-based business magazine Comstock’s and an upcoming story is a review of the Flip video camera.  They love to have a local angle, so I was wondering if you’d like to talk for 10 or 15 minutes about your experience with the device.  Let me know. It would be pretty painless, and we could do it over email if that’s what you’d prefer. 

Thanks! Nick

 

THE INTERVIEW:

Q – Starting with the easy stuff, where are you from and what do you do?
A – I’m a Community Builder with ActiveRain Corp. out of Washington State. I’m in the Bay Area here in California.

Q – How did you first hear about flip video? How long ago was that?
A – I was sent a Flip Video camera by my Company to test and then Blog what I thought about it. This was about 6-8 weeks ago.

Q – What have you used the camera for?
A – Interviews, travel, music video production, live performances, events, real estate, training, caught on tape etc. 🙂

Q – What were your findings?
A – I like it! For the right venue, there’s nothing better. It can be used for personal or business applications or both.

Q – What did you like? What did you dislike?
A – I like that it’s small and portable, has great video and audio, and features 1 hour recording time with the FLIP USB. It’s a flip, point, click and view camera. It’s limited on features, but understandable for the price. I don’t like that it’s (standard) battery operated and it doesn’t have a jack for an external microphone. No long distance video.

Q – What do you think the camera is best suited for, in business or personal use?
A – I think both. It’s a video camera meant to take video anytime, anywhere. If you’re looking for professional and quality, I like it almost as much as my other digital camcorder. Keep in mind that a big percentage of the quality and content, well, much of that depends on who’s at the back side of the camera.

Q – Do you use other video devices?
A – I have used Cell Phone video, Flip Video, Digital Camcorder video and Digital camera video. I like the small, portable, easy to travel and use devices. My iPhone, Flip Video, and Panasonic never leave home without me.

END OF INTERVIEW:

So is this FLIP really the “eyes” and “future” of Video?

I’m just curious, what’s your review of the Flip Video? I have heard they are getting harder to find in stores, are they really that popular?

How would you answer the above questions?  I’m looking for the good, the bad and the ugly!!

So “On The FLIP or FLOP side, what’s your opinion?

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