Flip Alternatives: 5 Great Pocket Video Cameras

Ok, maybe the Flip is no more but there are other products out there more than capable to take it’s place as this link proves

Flip Alternatives: 5 Great Pocket Video Cameras

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Flip Video RIP

It is with great sadness that we have received news that the Flip video camera will be no more…deceased…an ex-video camera. Whilst it is a blow for us Flip users, the reasons for the decision make some sense, and indeed our own observation of the students during the D-TRACES project support the announcement, i.e. students were happily using their mobile phones to capture video. A pity in many ways since the Flip was so simple; yes it had drawbacks in terms of camera functions but one-button click, easy video transfer & editing and YouTube integration meant for ease of use – something mobile phone manufacturers will have to match, and I’m not convinced they’re there yet.

Here is the email I received this week with full details of the implications:

Dear David,

Cisco recently announced that it will be exiting the Flip business and support customers and partners with a transition plan.  Cisco will continue its focus and commitment to deliver best in class solutions that extend the network as a platform, from businesses into the home through its Linksys products and consumer TelePresence solutions with ūmi.  

Cisco wants to thank you for being a loyal and enthusiastic Flip Video user. Many of you have inquired about what is going to happen to Flip in the future, if FlipShare software will still work and if will we support you in the use of your Flip. We have many of these answers for you and will continue to provide updates on our website at www.theflip.com.

Flip Support:
First, we want everyone to know that if you own a Flip or are considering buying one, we will continue to support you within the terms of our warranty which is 1 year from purchase date (United Kingdom).   For customers that have issues that are not covered by our warranty or that are outside their warranty period, Cisco will continue to provide support for a nominal fee until 12/31/2013. E-Support will also continue to be complimentary and available until 12/31/2013.  Details and updates about our support and service as well as our warranty policy can be found on our website.

Using FlipShare:
FlipShare software will continue to be fully functional and will be supported until 12/31/2013.  After that time Cisco will no longer support the application though it may remain functional as a software for offloading videos, editing, organizing and archiving. Video sharing will no longer be supported past 12/31/2013. Continue to check back here on updates on FlipShare.  

Flip availability:
Flip will continue to be available through our online and in-store retailers while supplies last. If you are looking at buying a video camera – it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the easiest to use video camera in the world! We will continue to honor our support and warranty commitments and FlipShare software as mentioned above.  

The Flip Team:
The teams have been reading your comments from emails and our social media community pages and are touched by the overwhelming number of thoughts and messages.  We hope you will continue to have fun with your Flip video camera, and we appreciate your loyalty and business.

The Flip Video team

Online learning needs a strategy, says new report

This news release came through from JISC-ANNOUNCE and seems pertinent to this project – might be helpful with report writing.

Universities and colleges need to make online learning a central part of their strategies if they are to stay competitive globally, says a new report.

The report argues that those UK higher education (HE) institutions that are prepared to make online learning a central focus will be able to develop responsive, engaging and interactive education that is both high quality and cost-effective.

They will also need to take advantage of rapidly developing technology and rich sources of content, and invest in high quality learning, if they are to remain globally competitive against the challenge from international and private providers.

The report is published by the online learning taskforce, which includes JISC’s chair Professor Tim O’Shea, and showcases 14 innovative approaches to online course delivery in the UK.

Dr Malcolm Read, JISC’s executive secretary, said: “Online learning is an increasingly important element of teaching particularly to support learners at a distance in both space and time. We look forward to working with the Higher Education Academy and others to support higher and further education exploit the opportunities to improve the learner experience offered by online learning.”

The report makes six recommendations to institutions and the wider HE sector. They include use of online learning to enhance student choice and meet learners’ expectations; realignment of training and development to support academics to play a leading role in online provision; and the development and sharing of open educational resources to enhance efficiency and quality.

The chair of the task force, British Library chief executive Dame Lynne Brindley, said: “The HE sector has been talking about the potential of online learning for well over 10 years. The moment has come to move online learning more centre stage. Only by doing this will UK higher education remain and grow as a major international force. Our report offers pointers towards achieving this goal.”

Sir Alan Langlands, chief executive of Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “At a time of increasing expectations from students, universities should be using learning technology appropriately and delivering online programmes that are high quality and flexible. Prospective students from the UK and overseas require clear and easily accessible information about online learning.”

Download the full report, Seizing the opportunity of online learning for UK higher education at
http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2011/11_01/

Learn more about JISC’s work in open educational resources http://www.jisc.ac.uk/oer

Digital Dance Archives (DDA) Survey Report

This survey report complements the Rapid Analysis Report with details of all the survey responses.

DDA Survey Report

The conclusions to be drawn are that we all like and want to use digital resources in our work but sometimes they are not the most relevant or easy to use. Moreover, it is inconclusive as to what enhanced features will be of most benefit other than most are seen as useful or essential. However, the two reports have valuable qualitative and quantitative data that gives a useful overview of how people are using these resources, especially Siobhan Davies RePlay, even though the detail of exactly what people are doing may be sketchy.

Library Session, 11/11/10

Sarah Whatley and David Bennett led a session with the students to acquaint them with Siobhan Davies RePlay; a series of search tasks were developed so that students could become familiar with the range of content available and some of the functionality of the site, especially the scrapbook function.

The session took place in a group study room in the university library, equipped with 12 PCs – the group was split in half, 15 students per group, so some students had to pair-up, and each session was 90 mins.

A worksheet was created with some general remarks about what an archive is and how one should engage with it, together with a search task. Six tasks were distributed among the group, one task each, with a seventh task given to all students to be completed in their own time. Students were asked to bring personal ear-phones so the audio from the archive would not spill across the group.

The worksheets have been aggregated here D-TRACES Library session

Observing the students during the sessions and from the discussion after the tasks completed it was interesting to see how engaged they were with watching video content, one student noting ‘…not enough time to watch video all the way through’. The general comments included: the tasks were easy and straightforward; content was interesting (‘…flyers from so long ago’, interview(s) about Davies’ process); there was surprise ‘…at the range of stuff to keep’, e.g. sound scores, costume; and students found it useful as a model for documenting.

Hopefully, as the project progresses and the students engage further with their own process we will be able to evaluate the student experience with the archive more, and maybe find out what makes them ‘click or stick’. This will be useful feedback to inform the DDA project.

TenduTV

TimeOut Chicago article about new online service to monetise dance video by Zachary Whittenburg

An idea that clicks

Quality dance videos finally hit e-tailers, thanks to a digital-media guru.

YouTube radically changed the landscape for dancers and fans, as personal video collections and archival rarities made their way online. But the scenery didn’t change for the famously cash-starved field of dance itself. Enter Marc Kirschner, 36, founder and general manager of media-distribution label TenduTV. As the company’s site puts it, “No other art form has as much of an imbalance between popularity and revenue capability [as] dance, and we believe the time has come for a change.” [ read full article ]

Compendium e-Dance edition

An email in response to the survey request pointed me in the direction of the e-Dance Project (2007-09) “…investigating how researchers in e-Science Technology and Choreography can collaborate to learn from each other, and innovate new tools for researchers, practitioners and students.”

What caught me eye in particular was this, Compendium e-Dance edition and the Movie Map function especially. Compendium is software to create knowledge maps that allow users to make links to all sorts of diverse pieces of data, and so with the Movie Map function “…you can add nodes and links on top of a movie, having these annotations appear and disappear wherever you want over the length of the video.”

It’s probably easier to look at an example. This series of movies brings together Choreography researcher Sita Popat and e-Science researcher Simon Buckingham Shum, who demonstrate and discuss this tool (the first one gives enough of an overview). Lots to admire here for a shared choreographic exercise but a Compendium-lite version with a much simpler user interface and pared down functionality could be a more widely adopted tool (I’m thinking here of virtual scrapbooking!)

I’m in contact with Simon Buckingham Shum at KMI, Open University, and I hope to meet up before Christmas.