Flip Video 101

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This presentation is the basis of a Flip video camera training session I conducted for my colleagues in corporate communications and media relations.

Text of Flip Video 101

  • 1. Flip Video 101 Flip video camera session with Corporate Communications Presented byLarry Kless Multimedia and Videoconferencing Kaiser Permanente June 2009

2. Flip agenda

  • Flip overview
  • Shooting tips
  • Editing
  • Exporting
  • Upload to web
  • Resources

3. Flip overview

  • Features

Lens and Microphone on front 4. Flip overview

  • Flip software

Windows 3ivx Installer.exe codec Windows 3ivx Installer.exe codec 5. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Uses a Flip Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Video Blogs - JimmyVlog : Kevin Rose & Alex Albrecht On The Show Tonight! - Jimmy Fallon's Video Blog | NBC Official Site 6. My First Flip VideoMy First Flip Video onVimeo 7. Shooting tips 8. Flip Video Spotlight - Shooting Tips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC-HdpXiLx0 9. Shooting tips

  • Use a tripod
    • Natural movements, slow and steady avoid excessive panning and tilting
    • Avoid zooming
  • Stay close
    • Camera Distance and angle medium close ups
    • Audio must be close to subject
  • Framing
    • Frame subject with proper head room
    • Be aware of whats in the background
  • Lighting
    • Shoot in good lighting conditions, lowlight makes for grainy video
  • Focus
    • Focal length - area of fixed focus
    • Depth of field - area of acceptable sharpness
    • Sharp focus - picture is in focus
  • Microphone
    • Be aware of noise in background or rooms with too much reverb
  • Bring extra batteries or back up Flip

10. Composing a Single or Talking Head Shot

  • When the subject is talking directly to camera in a news style delivery, its the practice (but not the rule) to frame them in the middle of the screen and not off center. There should be even space around the left and right sides of the subject. You should also leave a little head room on top so you dont cut off the subjects head if they move. This helps balance your shot.

WRONG: too much negativespace, Pan over, Tilt up Leave room at the lower third of the frame to insert title RIGHT: nice medium close up head/shoulders Nice close up, with good centeringand still room to insert title 11. Composing a Single or Talking Head Shot

  • The subject can also be to one side of the frame to include or highlight background

For interviews the subject is also set to one side of the frame with plenty of nose room 12. Use a tripod 42" Lightweight tripodFlip desk tripod 13. Hands on

  • Video recording

14. Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP) 2 Download link http://download.cnet.com/Windows-Movie-Maker-Windows-XP-/3000-13631_4-10165075.html How to use http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx Editing software 15. Hands on

  • Editing

16. Hands on

  • Editing workflow
  • Set up project folder structure and file name convention
  • Copy Flip video files to project folder and rename clips
  • Open new project in Windows Movie Maker
  • Save project in project folder
  • Transfer multimedia assets to project folder
  • Import assets to Collection
  • Expand timeline video layer to reveal transition and audio layers
  • Drag and drop assets onto timeline
  • Use video effects and transitions between clips
  • Right click on individual clips to make adjustments

17. Hands on

  • Tips
  • Use Powerpoint to create branded title cards and end credits
  • Create on screen titles Tools > Titles and Credits
  • Create video snapshot under Tools > Take picture of preview..
  • Fade audio in/out
  • Use fades between video transitions

18. Hands on

  • Export
  • (Based on delivery)

19. Hands on

  • Export options
  • For Flash Video (.flv) to web
  • For Windows Media (.wmv) to web
  • Powerpoint local playback
  • DVD

20. Save Movie Wizard for web Select My computer 21. Save Movie Wizard for web Name movie file and select destination 22. Save Movie Wizard for web Select Video for local playback (at 640x480 size) 23. See Help Topics for UsingWindows Movie Maker

  • Capturing video . Contains information about using the Video Capture Wizard tocapturevideo and audio to use in your movies.
  • Taking pictures . Provides information and procedures related to taking pictures to include in your movies.
  • Importing existing digital media files . Provides procedures for importing existing digital media files into Windows Movie Maker.
  • Saving a project . Provides information about saving a Windows Movie Maker project.
  • Previewing projects and clips . Provides information about previewing individual clips or your entire project in Windows Movie Maker.
  • Editing projects . Provides procedures for editing existing Windows Movie Maker projects.
  • Editing clips . Provides procedures and information about creating, splitting, combining, and trimming clips.
  • Using video transitions, video effects, and titles . Provides procedures for enhancing your movies by adding video transitions, effects, and titles.
  • Working with audio . Provides information about editing audio and using audio effects in your projects.
  • Organizing collections and clips . Provides information about organizing your collections and clips effectively in Windows Movie Maker.
  • Saving and sending movies . Provides information about using the Save Movie Wizard feature to save your movies and share them with others.
  • Configuring options . Provides information and procedures for customizing different aspects of Windows Movie Maker.

24. Flip Resources

  • Flip VideoVlog :Codecsand You! quick tutorial on Spielberg Groups workflow with the Flip Video files (Mac OS)
    • http://flipthemedia.com/index.php/2008/02/flip-video-vlog-codecs-and-you/
  • Flip Video Camcorder - Digital Camcorder | Flip Video
    • http:// www.theflip.com /
  • Flip Video |Facebook
    • http://www.facebook.com/flipvideo Flip Video - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_Video
  • Flip Video Cameras Flip Video Cameras
    • http://www.ilovemyflip.com/
  • How To Add Flip Video Files To Web Pages
    • http://www.ilovemyflip.com/how-to-add-flip-video-files-to-web-pages/

25. Flip Resources

  • An Easier Way to Make and Share Videos.
    • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118955080803924331.html?mod=technology_main_promo_left
  • Flip find Answers (Page 1 of 32)
    • http://puredigital.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/puredigital.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php
  • The Mossberg Solution -- Personal Technology from The Wall Street Journal.
    • http://www.puredigitalinc.com/press/060503_wsj/060503_wsj.html
    • http://www.cobrandit.com/blog/2009/01/flip_video_recommendations_and.html

26. Contact Me

    • [email_address] Production Manager, Videoconferencing Multimedia Communications Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. 1950 Franklin, 3rd Floor Oakland, CA 94612 Tel: (510) 987-3956 Cell: (510) 847-4286