This is very, very interesting. It's in regard to my original/classic Flip Video that I've been waffling on about for the last week or so.
Although I'm very excited by this little beauty, I must admit that I've been thinking about it in terms of creating "cheap-and-cheerful" video snippets. I really hadn't considered using it to create even a slightly more sophisticated movie... until now...
I just ran across a very interesting vlog (video blog) by a guy called Kirk Mastin, who used to be a photojournalist and now finds himself a photographer, film maker, and lecturer at the University of Washington.
In this article, Kirk says that when he started out, he was always blaming his equipment and saying to himself: "If only I had 'this' or 'that' I could take much better pictures."
Well, in a recent experiment, Kirk took two videos side-by-side (he strapped the cameras together and took the exact same scenes with both). On the one hand he had a $3200 HD Cannon Camera and a $300 microphone. On the other he had a Flip Video (to record the video) and an iPod nano equipped with a $60 microphone (to record the sound).
The results surprise everyone who sees them. It may be that the two videos would appear different if presented on a high-end high-resolution display, but if you compare them playing on a computer screen you really can't tell the difference (Check it out and see what you think).
Truth to tell, this has opened up a whole new set of possibilities for me. I just tried loading a few of the video snippets I've already taken with my Flip Video into Windows Movie Maker and then adding a few fades and titles and suchlike. The result is really rather good. My next step will be to purchase a microphone for my iPod and then we'll really be cooking on a hot stove...
Of course... having said this... I realize that Kirk is a professional. But it just goes to show what you can achieve with the right camera angles and suchlike... so I think I'll also start looking for a book called something like Video Photography for Dummies (don't email me, I just went on Amazon and there are a ton of such books... I just ordered one).
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