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Flip Video

The Flip Video is a simple camcorder for digital video created by Pure Digital Technologies, a company bought by Cisco Systems in March of 2009. Variants include the Flip Ultra, the Flip UltraHD, the Flip Video Mino, and the
Flip Video MinoHD. The standard definition Flip camcorders captures video in 640x480 resolution at 30 frames per second, using the MPEG-4 ASP video compression. The high definition version captures video at 1280 x 720 resolution using H.264 video compression, AAC audio compression and the MP4 file format. The HD models use an Internal Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery while the non-HD models use AA batteries. Standard models lack a memory card extension slot but can be connected to a computer with a pop-out USB connector, without the need for a cable. It is simple to use, providing automatic gain, digital zoom, monaural sound, and a very simple clip-navigation interface with a D-pad and two control buttons. The Flip Ultra comes in 4GB (Standard) and 8GB (HD) models for $149.99 and $199.99 respectively. The Standard Ultra is available in multiple colors of black, white, orange, and pink. The Flip Ultra uses standard AA batteries. Most Flip cameras include the required video player and 3ivx codec software in the camera itself rather than providing an external CD-ROM installer. All Flip mino cameras are designable, but Ultra models are not. (Designable means you send them a picture which they "paint" on the front side of the camera.) Accessories for the Flip Video camera include an underwater case, a tripod, a bicycle helmet attachment, and a wool case (Mino camcorders) or soft pouch (Flip Ultra 2nd Gen). Flip Video's accompanying software is called FlipShare. The current release, version 5, no longer includes a function to convert video to the WMV format. While this has been acknowledged by Cisco as a defect, a fix has yet to be announced. Furthermore, there is no way to revert to a previous version once the new software is installed.
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