Flip Video, Flop Video!

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Bob Stewart asked me to be a part of the Active Rain experiment along with 4 others to try out the Flip Video camera and the hosting service that the videos will be hosted on. We were not supposed to tell anyone about the name of the on line hosting server but we were supposed to tell about our experiences. Well, someone let the cat out of the bag so I can go ahead and talk about it all now.
Flip video camera

When Bob asked me to do this I told him that learning about how to use video on line was one of my goals for this year so this was really perfect timing. Nothing like just doing it right now, right?

I use a Sony camcorder right now, a very nice, top of the line camera for all my listing photos and family photos. It is a still camera and a video camera with a mini DVD that you put the video on. I tape videos of my kids and all that family stuff and just keep the DVDs. My first attempt to video a happy client video turned into a very frustrating ordeal and I finally had to just put it aside to learn another day.

So when Bob told me how easy it was to use the camera and software I was all ears. I was so excited when I received my camera and then my hosting password and such to get started.

Today I filmed my first video and was very excited to share it with Active Rain and give rave reviews.

Well, things don't always happen the way you envision. I saw Jessica's video today, I saw Sarah Cooper' s video, I have not seen Bill Gassett's video and of course I saw Brad Andersohn's videos using this camera and software. Well, Brad' s don't count because I did not expect to do as good as his. And maybe Jessica's should not count either, she probably cheated, after all she is blonde too and how could she do it and I can't!

After trying to get the camera to work for about 4 tries, my 5 year old son had to show me how to get it to record! How bad is that! I wasn't going to even post about my experience, I wanted to hide in a cave somewhere! How embarrassing! I am the only one out of the 5 people who can't get this thing to work!

flip video failure


Then I remembered Bob wanted to know all about it. He wanted to hear the truth of the experience and so I decided to share my experience!


Well, my first experiment was a TOTAL FAILURE!

The Flip camera is very light and cute. It has barely any buttons and it comes with a cloth case that you can carry around with you. You are supposed to be able to just take it out and shoot and that is it. Well, I read the directions and of course the directions come on a tiny piece of paper that NO baby boomer can read without our glasses. The marketers of these cameras tout off about how user friendly they are and I am sure that they are for all the young whipper snappers out there in Cyberspace. But the fact of the matter is that most real estate agents are over the age of 40! They need to supply us with magnifying glasses to use along with our glasses to read the directions.

So I get through the directions and then I go to film. I am supposed to just press the red button and it will record. NOT!

I pressed the read button and the camera still says ready. Well, my son showed me that I needed to press the red button close to the top of the red button and then it records. There are only a few symbols on the camera and you have to read sign language to be able to understand it all. I guess that is so that people all over the world can use this camera.

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What I do really like about the camera is that it runs on double A batteries, easy to find, not expensive to replace and you don't have to put it on a charger or plug it into a USB port on your computer to charge it up. That is very convenient. It also stores 30 minutes of video. That is easier for people to understand than disk space or memory card space.

The other thing that I really like about the camera is that the USB plug is tucked inside the camera and you just press it and it pops right out and then you attach it to your computer USB port.

So I did all of that and then I log in to Mixpo. I liked how easy it was to set up our profile. But then after that I am totally lost. It looks too easy and there are no instructions as to what to do.

I click on made a video ad, start from scratch and then I load my video.

After it loads Mixpo asks me to choose one of the scenes to use as like the cover shot of the video and ALL THE SCREENS ARE BLACK! I tried to figure this out for over 2 hours! I just wanted to throw the camera out of the window! I finally clicked on one of the black screens just to see what it would do. I get the file loaded and I can hear the entire video but there is no VIDEO!

Mixpo blank video

I thought this was a video , not a podcast!!!!!

Well, maybe I am the only blonde having this experience at this time. I am not usually technically challenged. I can take a computer apart, change hard drives, add network cards and graphic cards, I can trouble shoot a lot of things. Then again, I can not stand Excell and will not even attempt to frustrate myself to learn it. I can maneuver through Active Rain seamlessly and can teach you a ton of stuff about SEO and getting your blog up on the front page of Google and I can write and read.


So what is wrong with this video flop????????????????
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Brad Andersohn
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Katerina - I did a post just now regarding our call today.  You can work on your video now, and let others who may run into this challenge go to the HELP/FAQ Group here on AR to find out how to make this work right out of the gate.  Even though it took us 2 hours to get you up and running, I know you'll be happy that we did. 

I am also doing a post going over ALL the areas of Mixpo that I shared with you today.  Thanks for being patient, and not throwing your camera out the window. LOL!~ Sometimes just having a little support there makes all the difference in the world.  Let me know if you need any additional assistance with your camera or mixpo.  I'm glad we were able to get this all figured out, and that you are now able to move forward with your video productions.  Looking forward to your next masterpiece video. YEAH!!!   :-))))

BTW - I never thanked you for the nice card you sent in the mail.  I meant to do that on the phone today, but since I forgot, I wanted to thank you publically for sending that to me.  That was very sweet, and I sure appreciated it.  B-)

Apr 07, 2008 02:43 PM #89
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Roberta LaRocca
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Katerina, Keep working on it, I am sure you will figure it out!  I will keep looking for your video.
Apr 07, 2008 03:44 PM #90
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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Oh my goodness, this sounds sad. Actually sounds like I think it might be me writing this. We have wondered about jumping into this video thing and so far have not felt that we had to the time to even read the instructions.

Apr 07, 2008 03:45 PM #91
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Look, look up in the air! It's a bird, it's a plane, NO! It's SUPER BRAD TO THE RESCUE! 

Brad- Thank you so much once again for going the extra mile to walk me through this. Really folks, it is easy, hey, you gotta follow the directions and read the 'read me' file! You know, the thing you just click right on over without reading so you can get on with the show! 

I am working on my video this week and should get it up by Saturday. It just so happens that this week I have homeschool field trips with my son every day so when Friday night comes, I can relax and get the video on our blog.

Thank you again! I am glad you got the card.  Next time we'll send flowers,:) Katerina

Apr 07, 2008 04:22 PM #92
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Katerina:

I'm a decided blonde...

Girl, you can do anything!
Apr 07, 2008 06:00 PM #93
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Jessica- :) thanks for your confidence in all thumbs on this one! I got the camera part down now. Now on to the editing.There was an uploading issue and we did find it. We were baffled there for a while but it was one of those things that when you find it, you go, dugh! 
Apr 08, 2008 12:49 AM #94
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Doreen- I figured out the problem and resolved it, now to get it up online and then to tell you how. Brad just wrote a great step by step tutorial about using the Flip camera. IT is easy but you have to download the software! And on my laptop, the software did not auto download. So I had to manually go to 'my computer' and download the software. 
Apr 08, 2008 01:00 AM #95
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Katerina - I love this post. Your frustration comes through and I"m sure that a lot of us would have the same problems you did. Thanks for reminding us that it's bit as easy as it looks.
Apr 08, 2008 01:54 AM #96
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Larry- I am going to help you guys and so is Brad to get this simple gadget to work. I can see the awesome potential and look forward to sharing with you some of the new things I am learning to do with this flip thingy!
Apr 08, 2008 05:50 AM #97
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Lane Bailey
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Go get a teenager.  Give them a video game to play (if they multi-task, you can get them slowed down to a reasonable speed).  Have them show you how to use the camera while they play the video game. 

I got the Aiptek.. it isn't supposed to be as easy as the flip.  Even though my wife is tech support, I managed... I had to, she was on strike over the new toy business equipment.

Just play test when you don't have something else pressing you.  

Apr 08, 2008 08:54 AM #98
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Lane- AH, thanks for you advice! I just shot my first great video testimonial. It is getting it up online that was the issue but Brad helped me get through is. IT is becoming addictive and exciting now! 
Apr 08, 2008 12:00 PM #99
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Neal- Well, they do know how to bring it to the cutting room and edit it! I have learned how to use the camera and play back. The one little glitch is that I have to press the red button just right. Now, Brad and I found out what the problem was and now Mixpo is working. I was getting an all black screen, but you are supposed to load the software ALL the way! :) DuGh! 
Apr 08, 2008 12:03 PM #100
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Now you know how Thmas Edison felt-keep pluggin'...flippin'...bloggin'

Apr 08, 2008 01:18 PM #101
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David W. Bolick
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One thing I haven't seen any posts on and that is HOW MUCH VIDEO TIME can you put on one of these things?  I use a regular camcorder with a DVD and can load up 30 minutes worth of home video tours and then the upload in the computer only takes about 15 seconds for a 10 minute video using my NeroSmart video editor program.

The second question is HOW MANY videos can you upload to Mixpo or whoever and HOW LONG can they be sitting on the host computer?  My service co at Talk Fusion lets me park my videos from now on and as many as I want.

Apr 08, 2008 02:27 PM #102
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Katerina,

I love your very open honesty in this post.  Everyone experiences technical difficulties once in awhile, even those who are not baby boomers.  I even have the horrible eyesight to boot and I am a Gen X'er.  Anyhow, looks like it all got straightened out for you in the end.  Thank Goodness:-)

Apr 08, 2008 03:54 PM #103
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David - 60 minutes on the 2 gig, and 30 minutes on the one gig.  .avi format.  If you have a camera and editor already, this is just for the quick and easy video editing.  It's not an adobe premier or pinnacle studio, or even windows movie maker.  Regarding your second question, there is no limit or time frame for uploading videos and how long they'll stay there.  If you take 100 videos, mixpo will host them.  I hope this helps answer your questions. 

Just trying to help out Katerina while she's out selling homes!  :-)))

Apr 08, 2008 05:50 PM #104
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Brad- Yep, you are right, I never sleep, I am up selling homes at 2:00 a.m:) Just kidding:) Thanks for your help, you know so much more about this stuff than I do. I am learning though, I can't wait til you see the client testimonial I did today with some folks we did a short sale for! IT is really great. It does go to 4 minutes but it has you engaged the entire time, this will keep their attention! I will post it this weekend or before. Like you said, I am out selling! 
Apr 08, 2008 06:07 PM #105
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Looking forward to that post!  It's great to see you are out working so hard, I know how hard you work here too, and it certainly is appreciated!  :-)
Apr 09, 2008 06:58 PM #106
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Katerina - I am a bit late commenting, but I have no doubt that you will CONQUER this and video as we know it will never be the same.  You rock !

Apr 10, 2008 01:13 AM #107
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Katerina:  Isn't technology sooo much fun !  So far so good with my Flip !  Now on to Mixpo.  Thanks for your review and sharing your experience.

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