The Flip Is Dead: Long Live Video

The Flip Is Dead: Long Live Video

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Jason Yang
Apr 14, 2011

Cisco's recent announcement that they were killing the Flip video recorder has us wondering about the then and now of home video recording, its devices, and the affect it had on our lives. We take a look at home video and how we share video memories.

Some of us may remember when our fathers used to follow us around with a big bulky camcorder, creating holiday and vacation memories that made their way to the attic. The footage was always shaky and the audio filled with instructions from dad telling us to do something for the camera. As technology improved the cameras got smaller and the picture clearer, but one thing was always certain - we rarely watched the footage. Videos were pulled out on rare occasion for nostalgic viewing with family or showing off to friends. Generally everyone sat on the couch, huddled in front of the TV. Most would agree it was a dreadfully awful experience.

In the past decade there has been a big shift in both technology and how we view video. It's fascinating that as video technology actually improved in quality, videos actually got worse in a sense. The culprit was the desire to shrink these big bulky video cameras into something portable that we actually wouldn't mind carrying all the time. Minituarizing the video camera into a tiny package is an amazing feat, but the resulting low resolution footage often left much to be desired. However, this integration into digital cameras and cell phones gave us the ability to carry with us the capability to record at all times. Anything that struck your fancy you could suddenly just whip out your phone and record it immediately.

In conjunction with how social networking made its way into every nook and cranny of our lives, there was now a new way to share and watch videos. And boy did it ever take off. In 2010 YouTube reportedly exceeded 2 billion views per day, with 24 hours of video uploaded every minute. Facebook announced last year that 415,000 videos were uploaded daily on average. It's interesting how the way we share has changed so drastically. Sometimes we'll huddle around an office computer laughing at a funny 20 second clip, but often we're just independently clicking a link from an e-mail or website and laughing on our own. We've all connected in this shared moment, but at a distance. It's like going to the movie theater on your own, but everyone else has watched that same movie alone as well.

What are some of your memories of old and new home videos? Share with us how video has had an affect on your lives, we'd love to hear your stories.

(Images: Flickr members Noelle Noble and edwc licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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