Flip camcorders and other flash-based video cameras are not new (relatively speaking in the technology world) but this Friday was still the first time I’d seen one mounted to a tripod to record a conference session.

Flip Video Recording

Flip Video Recording

The biggest challenge of video recording in sessions like this, I’ve found, is getting good audio quality. The built-in microphone in a flash-based camcorder or even an iPhone is just not very good when you are located a long distance from a speaker.

Flip Video Recording

I’ll be interested to see how the quality of this video turns out. (This was during a session for administrators at #pbtechconf this Friday.)

The next flash-based video camera I buy will most likely be a KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera, because it has an external microphone jack. Marco Torres recommended this camera a year ago when I heard him speak at ITSC in Portland, and that was several months before the camera actually became available for sale! Feedback from others who have purchased the Zi8 has been very positive.

I think the videographer in our session had a great hat!

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One Response to Flip Video Session Recording – With a Tripod!

  1. Wes, the Kodak camera is fantastic. We use ours with a wireless mic and get great audio. (even though the built on mic was surprisingly adequate) You can’t beat true HD video, captured on an sd card. On a Mac, the files import directly from the camera into iMovie…no conversion necessary.

    We shot this short documentary entirely on that camera:

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