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R.I.P Flip Video

Flip, you brought video to lots of people and places that wouldn't have had it otherwise. Thanks, and rest in peace.

Pocket-Lint.com reports: Cisco kills Flip Video – Pocket-lint.

“Stopping the business rather than selling it was the best course of action,” Cisco’s global head of public relations exclusively told Pocket-lint on Tuesday, in response to our query on why the sudden decision.

In the dramatic move, the company will cease all production of Flip Video products globally, but has said that it will support the company’s FlipShare service for existing customers, while it formulates a “transition plan.”

“We are making key, targeted moves as we align operations in support of our network-centric platform strategy,” said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. “As we move forward, our consumer efforts will focus on how we help our enterprise and service provider customers optimize and expand their offerings for consumers, and help ensure the network’s ability to deliver on those offerings.”


A shame. Flips are inexpensive and easy, so good for schools and teachers and kids and families and non-techies to make fun and useful video, and do it easily. Flip, we’ll miss you. Perhaps it wasn’t making enough money for Cisco; we don’t know, and the quote above, in its PR-rich gobbledygook, doesn’t enlighten. Cisco, please don’t be such a corporate beast.

An Interesting FCP Quick Tip

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Thanks to Chris Meyer of Provideo Coalition for pointing to FCP Quick Tips – episode #183. You’ll learn a lot; but it’s not what it seems. Make sure to watch the whole thing.


Watch FCP Quick Tips – episode #183 on Vimeo.

“Backup the clips, not just the project file!”

I’ve been screwing up.

I’ve taught basic workshops on Windows Movie Maker for years now, usually early in the semester. Back up your both the .MSWMM project file AND the video clips correctly, or meet the Scary Red X all through your video. You have been warned. When they work on their assigned projects weeks later, too many students don’t correctly back up their unfinished video projects. They think the Project.MSWMM file is all they need, and don’t back up the video clips that go with that project. So, when they try to finish on another machine, either at home or on another PC in the labs, they see the big red X’s instead of their video clips. Result? FAIL. Must figure out how to make this clearer, but for now, find the steps after the jump.

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