I love gadgets… gadgets can make our lives better… gadgets can also be a big waste of money!!!
My latest gadget purchase from Amazon has just arrived at the Enigin office, a Flip HD Digital Camcorder. It’s a small device, about the size of compact digital camera, that will record HD quality video at the touch of a button.
Flip are owned by networking company Cisco and my first thoughts are that they are heavily influenced by Apple (we love Apple!) in terms in packaging. It’s a very iPod-experience removing the device from the folding series of boxes. The FlipHD powered up without any charging and within 20 seconds I was already recording video! Here’s my first 13 second video, Enigin Designer, Alan talking about the Christmas chart battle between Rage Against the Machine and X-Factor:
The simplicity of this unit is it’s crowning glory. There are three main buttons on the back; Record, Play and Delete. I don’t think they need explaining! There’s also an up/down/left/right keypad to navigate through the recorded videos and operate the zoom. The only other thing on the back is the lovely high-resolution 2″ LCD display, which is visible in daylight conditions.
My version of the FlipHD has a whopping 8GB of internal memory, enough for store 2 hours of HD footage. The footage is easily downloaded via the flip-up USB connection and you can be uploading to YouTube within minutes.
Very simple and easy to use
No option to turn HD compression off
Built in USB not always convenient to use (although an extension can be purchased)
CMOS sensor not too good in low-light conditions
Great product at a great price, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
After using the Flip HD over the festival period, I love it! I’m even thinking about buying one for my parents! Great buy 5/5!!
Yesterday morning we launched our latest project, Enigin TV. We aim to use this site as a channel for all our video media. Over a the next few weeks we will load it with Distributor interviews, customer testimonials and other Enigin PLC related content.
So, head over to the Enigin TV website and let us know what you think.
If you are running your own energy saving business through an Enigin Distributorship and would like your own video site, then please see your Business Development Manager and they will be happy to discuss the options with you. Video is a powerful medium on the web and can really help to boost your business and built customer confidence.
Over the last month or so we’ve been busy recording a series of screencast videos for Enigin web applications. These are mainly to demonstrate our powerful suite of Sales and Marketing tools to our newly appointed distributors, but i’ve also found it useful to create videos for staff training. It sounds like an overkill but here’s the killer statement:
I recently completed a web application to manage Enigin PLC’s news articles from around the world and collate them on our various corporate websites. The system took around 5 days to build and is used by 7 people within Enigin. Before launching the application internally, I spend some time putting together a 6 minute tutorial video of how to use the system and explained all the basic functions. I sent this to each of the users along with their login details. 5 days later I have not answered a single ‘how to’ style support question!!
How cool is that?! I did the work, shipped the product and didn’t need to handle the tech support! That has to be every coders dream!
There will be another article on building screencasts in the near future but for the techies amongst you, here’s the software which I used:
iShowU HD – For recording the actual screen movements
Apple Final Cut Express – For editing the video, recording the voiceover and adding titles
Stomp – For compressing the final Quicktime movie in to a smaller file size