RIP Flip Video: a lamentation

April 17, 2011 at 11:38 am | Posted in video | Leave a comment

I can’t join in on the chortling and “I told you so’s” over the death of the Flip.  While it’s easy to blame it’s passing on the millions of smartphones sold in 2010 and easy access to video cameras there’s another side to the tale.   The Flip niche still is still alive and well because:

  • not all consumers want or can afford a smartphone
  • the complexity of a smartphone doesn’t meet the need “I just want to shoot video” with ease.
  • the multitasker conflict: smartphones are designed to perform many functions and their form factor can be downright clunky when it comes to shooting video. 
  • my Droid Incredible died last week and with it went the ability to shoot video – not the end of the world for me but if video is critical then a multi-tasker may not be the best bet.
  • the smartphone/iPod touch device is not always the best move for the classroom.  What would I rather lose from a replacement perspective: an iPod touch or a Flip?  I’ll take the lower cost Flip any day.

Kodak and Samsung still have good options in this market.  Plus there’s always the point and shoot video option.

Having said that it’s clear that market feels otherwise.  The shuttering of Flip (and 550 jobs) seems to be Cisco’s only option.

Then there’s an interesting viewpoint on how the death of the Flip shows a trend in innovation.  Check out the Mass-Customization blog for this one.

Jedi Candidate

November 8, 2007 at 12:06 am | Posted in politics, video | Leave a comment

He might just win my vote. More likely that Lucasfilm will get them for copyright infringement. Enjoy.


This video has been watched nearly 20 million times

October 16, 2007 at 10:11 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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Explain. Please.

Embed audio and video

May 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment

This code plays audio when the page loads – user has NO CONTROL!

<EMBED src=”file.wav” autostart=false loop=false volume=100 hidden=true><NOEMBED><BGSOUND src=”file.wav”></NOEMBED>

This code shows the player and gives the user control.

<EMBED src=”file.wav” autostart=true loop=false volume=100 hidden=false><NOEMBED>


Embed options:

Embeding video (non-YouTube):

Hacked “1984” Apple Ad

March 20, 2007 at 9:15 am | Posted in Apple, history, politics, video | Leave a comment
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Here’s the original Apple ad:

Here’s the 2007 version:

Homemade Roller Coaster

March 12, 2007 at 4:36 pm | Posted in unwise, video | 1 Comment
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Don’t try this at home – just watch the videos and be amazed.  Or scared.

Backyard Roller Coaster videos! 

After 32 years without TV man buys 40 inch flatscreen

January 3, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment

Thirty-two peaceful years without TV.  Reading.  Talking to friends.   Sleeping, eating.  What to do with all the time?  Buy a TV!

For reasons not explained in the article, this gentleman decided to buy a television.  Not just any TV but a 40 inch flatscreen.  Maybe it was some sort of new year’s resolution.

Here are some of his observations:

Every other show is “CSI.”

Television sounds loud at any volume.

Karaoke is a cherished plot device.

PBS is even more serious in HD.

Read the rest right here.   Unless you are too “busy” watching TV.

Happy New Year.

Windows Movie Maker 101

December 17, 2006 at 12:10 am | Posted in video | Leave a comment

The folks at Lifehacker must be reading our minds.  You have had some great questions about setting up Windows Movie Maker and downloading video from camera to computer.

And here are the answers: 

Video Watch

December 5, 2006 at 12:42 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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1GB of storage

(hopefully) plays MP3, WMA and MP4 (NXV) format.

Get the details here. 

Online Video Comparison

November 28, 2006 at 1:00 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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Life Googles has put together a one-page comparison of eight popular video sharing sites.  Same video- compare the quality.

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