Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tech Review : Flip Video Greeting Card
Posted by Liza Cordero
My mother-in-law is 82 years old. She doesn't own a computer, but she calls her daughter in the Philippines a lot. My sister-in-law loves it when we send her photos of mama via the internet. She misses her mom a lot.
One of the interesting built-in features of the Flip Video is the Share videos as a link from a website. The videos are uploaded to a server and you can then send a link to the video via email within the built in application. I use this feature a lot because my mother-in-law tends to talk for 20 or more minutes (unless you stop her) at a time when I shoot a video of her.
I save these videos of my mother-in-law on my PC just in case my children do not get to see their grandmother later on. I wish we had the Flip Video while my father-in-law was still alive. It would have been great to have videos of him telling his war stories and having fun with his grandkids as well.
I saw reviews of the Flip Mino that had just been made available in stores a couple of weeks back. Being happy with my Flip Ultra Series, I was not really interested in buying the new model. I noticed that aside from the sleek black case, the new buttons and the USB being on top instead of on the side - the reviews did not mention any technical spec improvement from the Ultra Series. For me, the Flip Video provided an easy plug-n-play utility for capturing videos and sharing them online. You don't have to have any video editing software or worry about codecs - everything is right in the video camera. It's the perfect tool for the YouTube generation - it's no wonder a lot of stars have been seen playing with it during award shows and gala events.