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Taking video sharing to a new level, the makers of Flip Video today announced the latest version of its onboard FlipShare software that makes sharing personal video easier than ever before. FlipShare now gives users the ability to publish personal video channels online with Flip Channels™, in addition to easy uploading to popular sites like MySpace™ and YouTube™, and one-click private video emailing capabilities.
The innovative new Flip Channels feature enables users to easily share their favorite Flip content with groups of people they designate. Once created, their personal Flip Channels can be instantly viewed online at FlipShare.com or on an iPhone by using the new FlipShare iPhone application, also announced today.
It’s no secret that we love the Flip Video Cams. For a video camera that small, the pictures were very sharp and included sound and basic editing. What could be better then that? How about a tiny little Flip with HD quality video? Welcome the Flip MinoHD.
The Flip MinoHD is the world’s smallest high definition camcorder at just over three oz., this remarkably slim camcorder makes capturing and sharing HD video easy and affordable. The stylish Flip MinoHD from Pure Digital Technologies, priced at $229.99 (MSRP), records up to 60 minutes of HD video and features Flip Video’s new FlipShare software, also announced today. This advanced on-board software platform allows consumers to plug the camcorder’s signature flip-out USB arm into any computer for easy drag-and-drop video organizing, editing and sharing on YouTube, MySpace, AOL Video or via email.
The maker of Flip Video™ – the best-selling family of affordable and simple-to-use digital camcorders – today introduced its latest breakthrough product: the Flip MinoHD. The world’s smallest high definition camcorder at just over three oz., this remarkably slim camcorder makes capturing and sharing HD video easy and affordable. The stylish Flip MinoHD from Pure Digital Technologies, priced at $229.99 (MSRP), records up to 60 minutes of HD video and features Flip Video’s new FlipShare software, also announced today. This advanced on-board software platform allows consumers to plug the camcorder’s signature flip-out USB arm into any computer for easy drag-and-drop video organizing, editing and sharing on YouTube, MySpace, AOL Video or via email.
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I love the Flip Ultra Video camera. A pocket size, hand held video camera that gives you surprisingly sharp images and a nice audio output. How could you improve on a camera like this? Easy, you make it smaller and easier to use. Welcome the Flip Mino.
On first glance, the Mino is much smaller then the Ultra and rather then buttons, it has touch-pad controls, similar to the iPod. It has a few other changes that may excite you or may not, depending on how you use your Flip. Let’s take a closer look at the specifications.
As we mentioned, the first thing you’ll notice is the size. It’s half the depth of the Ultra with a slightly smaller height and width too. You will also be happy to hear that the weight has dropped to 3.3 oz. from the previous 5.2 oz. Some of the weight difference will be attributed to the next big change in the Mino. No longer will you have two AA size batteries to replace in the Flip, the Mino has an internal Lithium-Ion battery that should give you up to 4 hours of use between charges. This seems to be the most controversial change that the new Flip has received.
As of this article, the Mino comes in just the 2 gig model for 60 minutes of recording time and will retail for $179.00, slightly higher then it’s previous model. The colors are black or white only. The LCD screen stays at 1.5 inches and with a resolution of 528 x 132. It shoots 640×480 at 30 fps with a similar fixed focus lens. The only other change can be found in the pause, fast forward and rewind functions added to the Mino.
Using Minoâ€™s built-in software, consumers are able to edit and share videos instantly from a PC or Mac. In addition to quickly posting videos on social networking sites, they can email videos and video greeting cards, create custom movies with their own music, capture still photos from video, save and organize videos on the computer, and new to the Mino, seamlessly order and send DVDs anywhere in the world.
I’ve been using it the last two weeks while I traveled to Michigan and then Seattle on business and I can tell you that the smaller size and weight made a huge difference in carrying it along in a shirt pocket or jacket. It’s so easy to pull it from your pocket and start shooting, I loved the portability. The results were what I expected, similar to the Flip Ultra and the sound seemed to be a little sharper then before. I’ll put some video I shot up on my Smugmug account for your perusal.
I am certain you’ll be able to find the new Flip Mino online at a better price then the MSRP of $179, but even still, I would like to have seen the Mino introduced at a price closer to the $149 price of the Ultra. Other then that little gripe, I see no reason for anyone with a computer, Mac or PC to not have a Flip Mino in their gadget bag. For most of your video needs, the Flip is perfect. It’s my only video camera, and I feel like I’m not missing a thing.
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