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Flip Mino: Personally Pro
Using your custom skinned camera in a professional environments
By Ko Maruyama
Flip Video camcorders are now available with personalized skins. In a recent partnership with Café press, Pure Digital Technologies  now offers their popular flip  video camera with customized printing on the front. Amazingly, after only one year on the market, Flip Video has sold over 1.5 million camcorders in the United States alone.

The Flip Video camcorders were already a popular item before this new personalization was available, and with good reason. The small camcorder has a USB arm that allows you to easily upload your videos to any computer.   With  the 2 GB flash drive the camcorder records up to 60 minutes of 640x 480 video.

Because the camcorder has an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, that  can record for several hours on a single charge, and read charges when the camera is connected to you your computer (whether it's a PC or a Mac), it's always ready to go.

And now it's designed.... BY YOU:

The new Flip Mino doesn't cost more than the previous version, weighing in at only $179.99, and includes the custom Café press detailing.

A power adapter can be purchased separately

It's no mystery that this camcorder is perfect for myspace users and video bloggers.  Take the Flip Mino out of your pocket, shoot, connect to the comupter, upload - done.  It's also the perfect consumer camcorder because it's easy to use and comes with software for some post production tasks too.  Although the Flip Mino is primarily targeted and priced for a consumer market, the perfect gift  for any holiday or occasion, it might also serve professionals who work  with digital video as well.

Small format digital video has come to find its way into every business that has web presence or digital media in their pipeline.   Pure  Digital Technologies offers a video camera that can fit into multiple business profiles as well.

 Obviously, those of us who work with digital video professionally have started to work with higher resolution images and files, but  the Mino can still serve us well in our production pipeline.

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In film production, location scouts suggest sites that might act as the backdrop for various scenes during shooting. Often they have  libraries of photographs and video that they have carefully set up to show the locations geographic and artistic importance. With  the Flip Mino's  portability, any outing whether professional or personal can be captured with video and reviewed for later scouting.

In real estate, agents can easily take video of properties to post online for their clients. Conversely, prospective buyers might want to take  along a Flip Mino so they can review the houses and the walk-throughs at a later date or time. The Flip Mino  comes with RCA cables that allow you to connect the Flip Mino  directly to the television or monitor with RCA input.  the audio on the camera is an easy way to speak notes over your virtual house tour.

For wedding videographers, and other documentarians, this  camcorder offers you an easy way to add your subjects' participation, without handing over your $1000+ camera.  Handing over a Flip Mino  to the  six-year-old flower girl  for an hour  might produce those humorous moments that the wedding DVD needs. The low resolution gives the video that extra "homemade" quality  at 640x480.

For sports videographers, this offers a lightweight (and fairly expendable expense) solution.  As you're carving down the mountain on skis, or downhill mountain biking, you probably don't want to have (1)heavy gear on, (2)equipment that requires anything other than a 'locked off' solution, (3)something that breaks your production budget if you bail.  You can strap this camera into spots that you wouldn't dream of putting other cameras (or couldn't).  It's light enough to get attached to the talent, allowing you to keep your distance with the heavy gear.

The camcorder comes with a soft carrying case and fits easily into any shirt pocket or purse. At just over 3 ounces,  and only 4 x 2", it is effortlessly portable. With such a sleek design it doesn't stick out, until you want it to.   Check out more about the camcorder and the designs by visiting

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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