Just in time for the holiday season, Cisco is pre-loading all Flip Video cameras with the latest FlipShare software that makes it easy to record a personal message and load it into one of several holiday greeting card templates. Cisco says there are dozens of templates to choose from, covering everything from Christmas and Hanukkah, to birthdays, anniversaries, and more.
"Flip Video has literally changed the way the world captures and shares video. Flip users have shared tens of millions videos since Flip was introduced 3 years ago," said Jodi Lipe, director of marketing, Cisco Consumer Products. "With our exciting new greeting cards and sharing advancements, we are creating more ways for Flip users to share memories and express themselves through video during the holidays and beyond."
All a user has to do is select a design and type in a personal message to go along with their video. Once finished, the greeting can then be sent via email to a single recipient or an entire group.
With the original MinoHD, we were impressed with Flip Video’s ability to pack 720p video into a truly pocket-size cam. But we nonetheless wished the product offered a bit more, such as more recording time, HDMI support, and a bigger screen.
Those are three of the top improvements Flip Video made to its new MinoHD 8GB. Recording time has doubled from the original’s one hour, a mini HDMI connector lets you play your videos on a large high-def display, and the device’s screen now pushes two inches, up from the postage stamp–size 1.5 inches in the original MinoHD. The transflective screen isn’t just bigger, either; it also increases pixel count from the original’s 528x132 resolution to 960x240. Side by side, it’s obvious that the new screen is a major improvement.
It seems that most people would want to use a high-def video recorder to document their growing families or Star Wars action-figure collections, but can a case be made for purchasing a low-res camera? At 640x480, the Flip Video’s resolution isn’t VideoCD low, but you won’t stun your family when you proudly display your movies on a 60-inch, 1080p set.