Designing a Custom Flip Cam

By Karlyn Morissette - Tue, Aug 25, 2009-->


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Designing a Custom Flip Cam

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.

A simple YouTube search will produce results for more episodes


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 icon smile Designing a Custom Flip Cam

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Karlyn Morissette

Karlyn Morissette - who has written 45 posts on .eduGuru

Karlyn Morissette is a thought leader and innovator in higher education. With over 12 years of web experience (half spent working exclusively on higher education web marketing initiatives), she helped pioneer many of the web strategies considered best practice today.

Today as the Director of Marketing Communications at Fire Engine RED, Karlyn works with colleges around the world to execute integrated marketing campaigns as a part of student search. She also teaches courses on Internet marketing and strategy at Champlain College as adjunct faculty. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University.

To quote a friend of hers: "Karlyn is a super rad ninja marketing genius who will make your target demographic submit to your every whim through sheer willpower. Oh, and she's smarter than you."  We're not sure about the smarter part, but "super rad ninja" is true enough.

Compulsory disclaimer: The views expressed in Karlyn's posts are hers and hers alone, and do not represent those of any company she's affiliated with. Yes, it's true - the girl has a mind of her own. 

11 Responses to “Designing a Custom Flip Cam”

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    Bradjward Says:

    Why would I not design a custom Flip cam? Because the Kodak Zi8 > Flip Cameras. :) 1080P resolution, external storage, external battery, external mic attachment. I see the novelty in it, but for the price/quality vs. Kodak’s cameras, just can’t get myself to promote the Flip anymore.


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    Karlyn Morissette (author) Says:

    You’re such a snob :-P

    Isn’t all the external stuff exactly the point of going with a Flip in the first place? I’d rather just carry one little thing around. I might sacrifice on quality a little…but I’m OK with that. I really don’t feel like I need much more than the MinoHD has anyway.


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    Bradjward Says:

    You want to pay more to not be able to replace batteries when they die or upgrade your storage to 32GB without buying a new camera?

    Sounds more like an iPod to me. :P


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    Karlyn Morissette (author) Says:

    No I’ll pay more to get a Salad Fingers camera lol

    But also I don’t necessarily want (or need) to carry around replacement batteries and I don’t need more storage. The things you’re talking about I just don’t find valuable at all (though I’m not saying that I can’t imagine some people would)

    And what’s your problem with iPods now? I think, like a true technology pundit, you just like railing on things :-P


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    Karlyn Morissette (author) Says:

    Also Brad, it was the one I was ASKED to buy by my new boss LOL….I’m not going to argue :-)


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    Bradjward Says:

    They’re both great cameras. I’ve had a Flip and a Kodak, but I like to have options and better quality for a much lower price point.

    My biggest beef with the Flip when using for student bloggers was that the warranty is only 90 days compared to 1 year for the Kodak. Sure enough, our Flip was dropped about 95 days in, and Flip said “tough luck”. You’ve gotta expect some serious wear and tear when it comes to student bloggers. :)


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    Karlyn Morissette (author) Says:

    See the warranty thing is a far more valid argument to me. Maybe Flip will step up their game with the competition?


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    wilhb81 Says:

    WoW, what a cute yet outstanding cartoon, Karlyn. I’m going to share this stuff with my family and friends! :)


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    Web Designer India Says:

    Its very good looking and regarding features i think its better in flip series.


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    Flip MinoHD Says:

    Recently I bought this Flip MinoHD Camcorder . I really love it. I am almost addicted and now a day carrying to work also to shoot meetings and white board notes.


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    Manuela Alioto Says:

    Hello.I ‘m very interested in that.Where can I learn more blogs about the subject? Some ideas?


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