How is this for great - one of the first things I got to do after being officially hired by Fire Engine RED was design and buy a Flip MinoHD to use at NACAC. After conferring with Keith, a fellow new FER employee and a compatriot from an old job, I opted for one of our favorite viral video characters, Salad Fingers (Keith went for a Steelers football helmet).
Never heard of Salad Fingers? Consider this your opportunity to get introduced to one of the most AWESOME cartoons ever. It’s also a bit disturbing. Consider yourself warned.
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I just received my Flip in the mail today and, I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the quality:
Start with an image that is 600px X 1200px. This is the recommended size and dimensions to make sure your design works when it’s put on the camera. You also have to navigate around the lens and band, as well as the Flip logo on the lower right hand side. Download this template to use when you’re creating your masterpiece - it will show you where these items are so you can design around them.
Once you have your image, visit Flip’s website and upload it so you can see how it will look on the camera.
Once you’ve uploaded it, you have a limited number of options, including positioning, rotating the image, and scaling it. Just keep playing with your image until you get it exactly right, and then make your purchase. I received mine a week after purchasing, so it was a pretty quick process.
How does this apply to higher ed? One of the easiest things you can do to create content for your YouTube channel is to give your student bloggers a Flip cam and let them go to town. Why not brand your cameras with institutional logos? Or give your students a bonus and let them design their own camera, to keep, as payment for doing the grunt work for you.
Or this might not apply to your job at all and you just want to design yourself a really cool Flip cam