Flip Your Vacation

Vacation season is here, and the Flip Mino-HD is a great camcorder to take with you:

It’s small enough to fit in your pants or shirt pocket
You can fire it up in just a few seconds, and shoot a moment that might otherwise be lost
You don’t have to mess with settings
It’s unobtrusive enough that you’re more likely to catch priceless candid moments
Going to Disney World or another theme park? Grab the terror in the eyes of your loved ones on those thrill rides.

The list goes on. This is a camcorder you can take with you and use in situations that you otherwise probably couldn’t or wouldn’t.

If you take along a laptop, you can download your clips in the hotel room, and recharge your Flip from the laptop (but see the notes below.)  You can look at the clips of the day, save the good ones on your computer, and toss the rest, clearing out the Flip’s memory for the next day’s adventures.

Here are some tips for making your vacation videos better:

Think about how to steady your shots. Plant your elbows against your chest, or steady the camera against a tree or fence post.
If you’re inclined to shoot video from the car (which is a tricky business, at best), shoot through a clean windshield, and avoid shooting out the side windows, which just gives you a lot of motion blur and very few usable shots.
Keep your imagination engaged with the story you’re telling. The story is about what happens, more than about what is.
On a two-week vacation, there may be only one or two shots that catch the essence of a day. Look for those shots.

There are a couple of accessories to consider taking along with you. To keep your Flip’s battery charged, consider one of these:
Whether you’re on a plane, in a car, or in a foreign country, you should be able to re-charge your Flip. From my own experience, charging from the USB port on a laptop doessn’t always work. There are many kinds of battery chargers available.
Mini-tripods can give you a steady shot from any flat surface — table top or car hood.
Collapsiple monopods are small and in the scale for use with a Flip.

For tips, articles, videos, DVD’s, tutorials, discussion, and resource links about Flip camcorders, accessories, and software, try http://FlipInFocus.com. You won’t find a more comprehensive resource.

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