Flip Video Camera is Dead

Flip Video Camera

If you own a Flip camera, you now own a piece of history. Cisco, the owner of Flip has decided to cancel all production and and the entire Flip video camera line.

A few years ago, that was the first handheld video camera that made it simple and easy to press the red record button. The major drawback to that was that it there was no way to plug in an external microphone to get great quality audio.

For those of you who have never used the Flip camera, you are not missing anything. There many other good alternatives. For those of you who used the Flip camera to immediately upload to YouTube, you should know better. The camera came with software that allowed you, with one click, to immediately upload the video you took directly to YouTube. For those of you who were using that video to create an educational message, there plenty of instances where the attorneys should have taken the time to edit segments of their video that simply did not belong online.

If you are going to take the time to invest and learn how to do video well, then you should take the time to learn how to edit your videos properly instead of simply using the convenience of shooting a quick and dirty video and immediately uploading to YouTube. The same goes for our smartphones, especially half the population who now has an iPhone. It’s extremely simple to take a quick video and upload directly to YouTube. My advice: Don’t. Instead, take the extra time to properly edit and optimize it before sending putting it online.

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2 Responses to Flip Video Camera is Dead

  • Randy Barnes says:

    I will never be without my flip and I don’t believe it can be topped. I don’t use HD as it is far too complicated for a pocket tool. The flip is soo easy to pull out, turn on and hit the button. There are so many times that you get people to talk to you that wouldnt wait for you to get ‘set up’ and it’s the best street tool in the biz. I believe that decades from now there’ll be flip groups and a market for the 21st century “Brownie”. I shoot HD for the Sunday best and for clients but the flip is my backup piece and I wouldnt leave home without it.

  • Hey Randy,
    You’re right. As a quick and dirty tool it’s great. Would have been nice if they put an external mic input in there to give people some nice clean audio. Do you find that people using it for interviews get tons of ambient noise, such as when doing a street interview?

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Well, we recently got two really good cases. We tracked where they came from, the client said they had watched our YouTube videos and they were calling us because of it. The crazy thing is I’m a non-believer. I’m always trying to break out of the box I’ve put myself in and it is amazing. People will call you because of the videos you post.

Greg Stokes
Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A.