I shot this video with an Ultra Flip Video camcorder. I’ve been considering this tool for classroom use. It is not much bigger than my cell phone. Thus I was able to carry it in my pocket and easily use it while riding a horse.The simplicity of the tool is one of the things I love the most. It can record up to 60 minutes of video (640×480), no tapes or cards involved. It’s like a big flash drive with a lens. It runs on batteries, no charging before use. The back of the camera has a display screen and 3 buttons: play, delete, and a rocker switch. The rocker switch as a red button in the middle to start/stop recording. The sides of the switch control zoom, volume, and selecting a clip for playback. The zoom (2x digital) is minimal, but I don’t see that as an issue when considering how this camera could be used in the classroom.
There is a tripod mount on the bottom and a TV output port on the side (cables were included). The USB arm flips out to easily transfer the videos to your computer as an avi file. It has software that automatically appears when you connect the camera to your computer, which requires a few minutes to install upon first use. It includes a simple menu for downloading and organizing flip videos on your computer, sharing them by email or YouTube, and capturing still images from a clip. The quality of the video and the audio would meet classroom needs, and provide a good file size for editing and sharing.
No cables for transferring the video, no adapter for charging, no tapes or cards to keep track of, no software CDs to install. Simple. Easy to use. Inexpensive. I found it on Amazon for $150.
Willard Staff: Who wants to try it? Send me an email and I’ll deliver it to your classroom.
If you have used a Flip Video camcorder in the classroom I’d like to hear your comments.
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