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Free Class for Flip Video Users


Flip Video

If you purchased a Flip Video from CloverCityPhoto, there is exciting news. Cindy Shebley – author of Easy Auction Photography, owner of Clover City Photo, and holder of many other distinctions in photography online and off – is teaming up with me to offer a free class on how to get the most out of your Flip.

This class is being presented as a thank you to CloverCity shoppers – but if there are any unclaimed seats after Aug 10, we’ll open the doors to everyone.

Here’s Cindy’s official announcement in here August newsletter:

If you purchased a Flip Camera, you are invited to this Free Webinar on August 28th at Noon. Here’s the deal, the seats are very limited so sign-up quickly. It’s a first come, first serve webinar.

If by any chance there are seats open after August 10th, we’ll open it up to the public for $25.00 a seat.

I’m sending out invitations next week to all my Flip Customers. If you purchased your Flip from me, act now and sign-up – don’t wait for the email. This class is going to fill up fast.

Remember when the class is full – we close the doors on this free offering.

During the webinar Dany Byrne from Ghost Leg Media and I will cover:

  • How to get the best shots using a Flip Camera – lighting, the zoom feature, tripods, panning and more
  • Techniques I’ve discovered while using my Flip Camera
  • How to use the software that comes with the Flip
  • How to use the free Movie Maker Software that comes on all Window XP computers to splice short takes together
  • When you might want to upgrade to other video software and an overview of what Sony Movie Studio can do

Hope to see you in class! August 28th – Noon (Pacific)

PS: You can still purchase a Flip Camera from Cindy and get in on this class – click here to purchase

This one hour webinar promises to be fun. Please join us

You can register for this class through the Information Sells blog by using the contact form below. To register for the online class  use the subject line: Sign-Up For Flip Webinar.  Enter the email address you used when purchasing the camcorder. Cindy will send you a verification to let you know your seat is reserved.


Flip Video Sells 1,000,000 Camcorders

Pure Digital, the makers of the Flip, announced that they have sold 1,000,000 (one million) Flips in the USA. They also say they have consistently been the best selling camcorder in the US.

I haven’t run out of uses for my Flip yet. There are so many situations where it is a better choice than a traditional camcorder (as long as quality is not the over-riding concern). I take mine everywhere.

If you don’t have one – get one. This is going to be as important a tool for creating internet content as anything since the introduction of the WYSISYG editor.

Shot With a Flip

At eBay Live last month, Cindy Shebley asked people for their favorite marketing tip. She recorded the 30-60 second answers with a Flip Ultra. The first video in the “Marketing Minute Series” is now available.

eBay Marketing Minute Janieruth’s Fabulous To Funky Finds from clovercity on Vimeo.

I think the picture quality from the Flip is excellent. The sound is pretty good, too, all things considered. The Flip doesn’t have a mic jack, so you are limited to the onboard microphone. But the voices are easy to hear, even with all the background noise of a busy convention in a cavernous space.

Another thing to note – people tend to freeze up when you stick a camcorder in their face. The Flip is much less intimidating. The videographer and the subject can still talk, face to face, keeping the interview more relaxed and natural, even while getting a nice, tight close up.

Of course, you can carry the Flip with you no matter where you go or what you are doing. Whenever an opportunity to shoot arises, you can just pull the Flip out of your pocket and start rolling. It’s a great tool for these spontaneous, slice of life situations.

Last observation – these Marketing Minute clips were edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio. The Flip’s AVI videos will work with almost any video editing software, once you install the Flip’s codec.

The Flip: Go Everywhere, Use Any Time

The Flip Video camcorder is so small, it really is a “go everywhere, use anytime” tool. The quality is quite good for such a small camcorder, and the size, convenience, and ease of use can’t be beat.

It’s been a dismal spring in the Northwest. Cold, rainy – we even has snow for 2 days in mid-April. Most years, one of the big spring attractions in this part of the country is the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley. Tulip (and other) bulbs are actually grown here in the Pacific Northwest, rather than in Holland. After the blooms die back, the Dutch growers harvest and sell the bulbs. So spring in the tulip fields can be spectacular. Last weekend, on a whim, we took off for a few hours to see if any of the fields were still in bloom.

Dragging a full size camcorder along in iffy weather conditions can present a problem. Do you carry it around all day and risk getting it wet or leave it in the car and risk getting it stolen? The Flip fits in a jacket pocket and weighs almost nothing – problem solved!

And it’s so easy to use, everyone and their dog is doing it….

Flip Camcorder

Small Wonder picked the Flip Cam as the most innovative camcorder of 2007. But the Flip wasn’t the only tiny, USB camcorder on the market.

RCA’s Small Wonder camcorder is very similar – and it is on sale at for $89.00


At less than 4.5″ tall and 2.5″ wide, this tiny camera weighs just 0.22 lbs. Drop it in a pocket and take it with you everywhere you go!

This camcorder certainly won’t give you the sorts of pictures the Canon HV20 will – but if you want to take simple videos to upload to You Tube, the Small Wonder is a great starter camera.

Camcorder of the Year

Everyone is raving about the Canon HV20. Several year end round ups have chosen it as Camcorder of the Year.

It was originally priced in the neighborhood of $1,000.00 The street price is now closer to $650.00 – and it produces images comparable to camcorders costing 2 or 3 times more.


Canon HV20 3MP High Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

If you are in the market for a camcorder – this is the one to watch. Other, newer models may be introduced at CES this week, but they’ll be much more expensive. And they’ll be hard pressed to match this quality. Take a look at these videos:

Flip Camcorder

The Flip Camcorder has generated plenty of interest among on-the-fly videographers.

It is small enough to drop into a pocket and so easy to use that anyone can begin to shoot video as soon as they pick the camera up. The least expensive model (under $100.00) has enough memory for 30 minutes of video – plenty for eBayers! When your video is done, you just swing out the built-in USB plug, connect the camera to your computer, and upload the video.

The videos are recorded in MPEG format. The camera comes with software that let’s you do simple editing – and the footage can be uploaded directly to YouTube.

If you want to begin exploring the world of video without spending a lot of money, this simple camera is a great way to get started.