Flip Ultra = Thumbs Up.

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Blogging, Flip Ultra, Higher Education, Marketing, Recruitment, Technology, Vlogging, Web, YouTube | Posted on 01-28-2008

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The first videos from the Flip Ultra are now online at YouTube. Christina took the camera for the weekend, and in 3 short days we now have video of:

  • Butler Basketball Game
  • Places to eat near campus
  • Inside Clowes Hall during a performance
  • Tour of sorority house

Tomorrow I have to tweak Community Server to allow the videos to be embedded dirSquaredPeg › Create New Post — WordPressectly into the blogs, but I’ve seen a few modules out there already.

Assuming this new venture continues to go well, next year each Blogger will have their own camera to use.  At only $150 each on Amazon, and a $15 Educator Discount, these cameras will soon catch on like wildfire in the Higher Ed ring.  Let me know how you are using Flip cameras at your school or are planning/wanting to use them!

Comments posted (5)

My girlfriend bought me one of the HD Aiptek video camera’s for christmas for less than $200. I don’t quite remember exactly which one of the top of my head. I really need to do some testing with it. We’ve also got a student worker who will hopefully be starting in Feb. who is sort of a video guru so I should know a lot more shortly after.

Videos are a little jumpy, but hey that’s so much better for a prospective student than reading something! For a prospective student to see what it’s like I think that’s amazing… but then what do I know. Have you heard any feedback from prospective students yet? I’d be real interested what you hear.

Nice work. I bought five for the office but we haven’t posted anything yet. What you’ve done is good– short, informal, happy, real.

And to be honest, putting them to YouTube does quite a bit of degrading. They look really good local. My blogger was a little jumpy too, it’s hard to do the good ol’ walk and film.

I think a 1 min video is about a 25mb AVI file. Sending to YouTube converts it to a .wmv for you on a Windows computer. Haven’t tried from Mac yet.

As far as from prospective students, they really enjoyed what we did during the Blogger Chat: I would film and then post them as we went, then bloggers would send messages with URL so the prospectives could see the Bloggers while chatting with them. They thought that was pretty cool.

I really need to get my Blogger chat follow-up posted.

Hi – do you know if you can use the flip camera as a webcam or for skype web chats?

Thanks.

I don’t believe you can.

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