(Closed) Flip Video Cameras??

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

my sister just got one for christmas and she loves it. the image is very clear (unlike the video on a regular point and shoot), and it’s very easy to use (at least from what i could tell). that’s a great idea to use it for your ceremony!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We bought a flip the week before the wedding and just thrust it at my uncle the day of the wedding. He was a good sport. And he did a great job, IMO. I love, love looking at the videos. Definitely worth the $150. I’m not sure how to upload videos on WB. If you tell me how, I will upload a tiny clip so you can see the quality.

I wish I would have created space in the budget for a real videographer…stillmotion, you make me swoon.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have one and it’s amazing!! So easy to use and the videos come out amazing. I have the HD version and it’s just like watching Hi-Def TV!!!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I just bought one for work and it’s great. the production team loves it, it does high quality hd video and was totally worth the $150. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

I love mine!  One caveat: the audio pick-up is not great.  I wouldn’t recommend it for an outdoor ceremony or an unmiked situation.  If your ceremony audio will be easily heard->loud, then it should be ok, but I’d test it out beforehand to see if the audio will turn out for your ceremony.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

this is exactly what we are planning on doing for our wedding. i can’t justify the cost of a wedding video that we’ll watch once when we turn 50. my sister has the flip HD version and seriously, her videos are awesome. i’ve actually asked for this for my birthday because i loved how crisp the videos look for how small the camera is!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

For those who have used it: would you recommend a tripod? It seems like something so small would be really difficult to hold steady. Any techniques??

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Two of my future-brothers-in-law (is that right?) have Flip video cameras. What I like best about them is that they are so easy to put on the computer, edit, and add music to the background. I think that would make it really nice for editing a wedding video. It would probably be ideal to use a tripod to avoid any shaking.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I researched them, but they didn’t have the greatest reviews on Amazon or Best Buy and I didn’t like the limitations- no removable card, shorter recording time.  So I went with a Kodak Zi-8.  We are still playing around with it since we got it for Christmas, but I really like it so far.  It will also take still photos that look to be pretty decent quality.   With coupons and discounts, I got it for $140. 

We are having a cousin use it during the ceremony on a tripod so we at least have a video record of the day.  Luckily we have a good sound system, so I think the audio will be fine. 

Whatever you end up getting- definitely give yourself plenty of time to play with it and make sure it hooks up to your computer so you have time to troubleshoot if you need to before your big day. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I got the HD version for Christmas and I love it!  Super easy to use. I agree about the sound though, you have to be fairly close for it to come out well. 

@Jacqi: I don’t find it hard to hold steady, but if you’re going to be taping a whole ceremony, a tripod would probably be a good idea. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

honestly, i’d go w/ the kodak version over the flip.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would also add that on the version I have (from a year or so ago), the battery life is not very good, so if you wanted to shoot throughout the day, make sure you totally charge it up and it may need a little re-charge.

Also, as opposed to traditional video cameras, when you start and stop the Flip, it saves each section as a separate mini-movie. So if you wanna kick back and watch all your footage at once, you’ll have to do a little prep first. Not a problem if you can work some basic video editing software on your computer, like iMovie or Final Cut (I only use an Apple, I don’t know the programs PCs could use), but could pose a problem to those who are less computer-savvy.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

It has image stabilization (I used it to record Mrs. Powder Puff’s wedding, as well as a few others.)  I DO recommend a tripod though… because the operator’s arm gets hella tired.  🙂

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