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Kris Sherwood
(Tuskadero) - F

Locale: Washington State
Flip Video on 01/20/2011 10:08:57 MST Print View

I am thinking about getting a FLIP video camera or something like it for my JMT thru hike this summer (along with other trips and kid events, etc). I was wondering if you are limited to the 2 hours of footage or if you can add an SD card to add to the memory on these cameras? I apologize for the pretty elementary question, I am clueless when it comes to technology.

Thanks in advance

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Take a look at Kodak on 01/20/2011 10:37:24 MST Print View

I have the Zi8 and you can record up to 32GB of memory and 10hours of video, and I like the features and the quality. It gets pretty solid reviews as well. Their Playsport models are ruggedized and waterproof, so those may make a more compelling choice.

Edited by FlytePacker on 01/20/2011 11:58:54 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Take a look at Kodak on 01/20/2011 10:55:11 MST Print View

"10hours of film"

What kind of film does it use?


Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: Re: Take a look at Kodak on 01/20/2011 11:59:51 MST Print View

I meant video. :)

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Flip Video on 01/20/2011 13:08:28 MST Print View

Kris, I am getting the same camera for my JMT trip too. At Costco it is $166 right now. It has 8 gigs of memory and if it is like the first generation one that I have, then no, you cannot alter the camera. 2 hours should be plenty to put together for a little film about your trip

Morse Jeffers
(Morse) - MLife
How to edit Flip Video ? on 01/30/2011 12:37:27 MST Print View

I have the Flip Ultra HD (mp4) which I bought at Costco recently. I'm happy with the video quality and simplicity of use. However, I just accumulated 200 video clips totaling 2-hours and want to edit the video down to about 30 minutes and burn to a DVD.

I am finding that acquiring the video is the easy part while editing the clips is becoming a real pain. If you stray from the free provided software (very basic) you get into video formats, codecs and compatability issues.

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a useable workflow to take flip video and edit it into a simple final product? I want to rearrange clips, shorten clips, remove parts of clips and then string it all back together. I'm using the trial version of Sony Vegas but it seems to have the same learning curve as Photoshop.

If you just take short simple clips for youtube then it may be user friendly but I was hoping to do more. Video files are very large compared to my still photos.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Flip Video on 01/30/2011 14:36:53 MST Print View

Maybe Windows Movie Maker will do what you want.
Here are some suggestions on how to get the Flip Codec to work on MM :

An easier editing programme than Vegas is Pinnacle Studio.
Many versions around. You will need to do a google search to find the compatibility between your Flip and a particular version. (14 is the latest )

Bryant Burton
(moabrocks) - F
Playsport on 01/30/2011 15:01:14 MST Print View

I have the kodak playsport and its pretty tough and take great outdoor video and stills. Inside you need more light to keep it from getting too grainy. I may have to trade up to the ATC9K ... a little more waterproof and better form factor as helmet-cam.

- Bryant

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: How to edit Flip Video ? on 01/30/2011 15:09:47 MST Print View

Buy a Mac. Plug your camera into it. Load it into iMovie. Edit away. Burn to DVD with iDVD.