Flip (video) the pages

Bob Miller, head of Harper Studio (a division of HarperCollins, parent of my publisher, Collins) has been blogging about the industry as he tries out new models for it. We sat down and talked in front of a Flip camera (which they also give to all their authors to get them to post videos) and talked about links and aggregation.

The Bookseller’s Blog likes the idea of making videos like this and suggests bookstores should do the same:

How can you integrate this idea into your store’s blog or website? If you have an author in the store, ask if you can record a brief video. Let the author talk about his or her area of expertise, but in a way that doesn’t just promote the book but also provides a nugget of valuable information that might be shared.

I’ve been recording more than a dozen videos using my Flip to include in an electronic version of the book; more on that later.

  • Isn’t the Flip addictive?

    I picked up a Flip Mino about two weeks ago and carry it with me everywhere.

    The day after posting my 3rd ever video to YouTube it saw 500 views (nothing at all like the 100,000+ videos achieved by big timers, but I was stoked).

    Come to find out you can even edit Flip videos using iMovie. Very cool.

    Here’s the post I wrote about my Mino including the video I shot during some heavy snowfall coming down in Burlington, Vermont:


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  • bittorrent

    The Flip is hype. For about the same price you can get a 7Mp Canon digital camera that does stills and also VGA video, has a proper zoom lens and takes SD cards that are more flexible and easier to transfer to your PC. As for the advertising that states that video from the Flip rivals that from more expensive camcorders, that is a lie. For a start most camcorders are at least either 720×576 PAL or 720×480 NTSC resolution. VGA is only 640×480. Furthermore I suspect the sound on the Flip is mono not stereo?