How-to video: Creating and uploading videos with a Flip Camera
Brief synopsis: The Flip Video Ultra Flip Camera gives teachers and students in a digital classroom with the opportunity to easily record student activities and classroom projects and instantly save them to a computer or laptop and share them on YouTube, Facebook and other sharing applications.
Benefits: The Flip Camera is very easy to use. It's small and portable. The Flip Camera easily records up to two hours (even though the video says 60 minutes) of footage with TV quality output. The Flip Camera has a "flip out" USB connection that easily connects to most PCs and laptops. Flip Camera video can be saved to a hard drive for later use, which would make it easy for a digital classroom teacher to share the video on networked computers and/or an Interactive White Board. The Flip Video Ultra comes with software that makes uploading to YouTube or AOL video instantaneous. This uploading feature makes the Flip Camera a handy Web 2.0 tool, as videos that students or teachers create can be easily shared on the web and embedded into a classroom blog or classroom web site.
Drawbacks: The basic version of the Flip Video Ultra Flip Camera allows only two hours (still plenty) of video. An upgrade allows four hours. Because the Flip Camera uses a "flip out" USB connection, rather than a removable disc, it can be cumbersome to upload videos to some computers.
Conclusion: The how-to video above, produced by CNETTV, demonstrates the Flip Video Ultra Flip Camera, how to use the flip camera and how to upload and share video with this Web 2.0 device. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for inspiring this how-to video.