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Video Tutorial #1: What is Flip Video?

As we begin our educational video series we wanted to let you know a little bit about who's doing the teaching! TJ Hedges is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist with more than 20 years experience in production and broadcasting. Tara Jones is an Emmy Award winning reporter, anchor and spokesperson with more than 15 years experience in production, broadcasting and public speaking. Both were working together at the number one station in the country, WSB-TV in Atlanta, GA, when they were approached by a successful broker in the area to join forces in the real estate world and form Reel Dwellings TV. It was then that they realized the need for quality video in this forum.

Everyone knows that video is the next "big thing" in real estate. Everyone is hopping on board and wanting to stand out from the crowd by incorporating the new medium in their website, e-mail, etc. But as a real estate professional, image is everything. So why put an inferior product associated with your name? Poor quality video can sometimes do more harm than good. It can relay an air of unprofessionalism and incompetence. Clearly, not the message you want to send to potential clients.

It is for this reason that we want to educate real estate professionals to give them an edge on promoting their services and skills.

While the Flip Camera can not compare to the quality finish that Reel Dwellings TV can provide, our goal is to show you how to create superior video using new technology to incorporate on your website.

So now, on to the FlipTM!

A flip camera is actually called Flip VideoTM and it's a small, ultra-light handheld device that shoots an hour of digital video. There is a small viewer in the back to show you what you are recording, a microphone in the front to record audio, a USB connection to hook up to your computer for downloading the video, and a small hole with a locking device for attaching a tripod. Best of all, it all runs on two AA batteries that can be found in the front of the camera.

To get started simply press down on the small gray button the side of the camera. You should see a quick Flip VideoTM graphic and then "ready" on the top left side of the screen and "Time left" at the bottom left. This is alerting you of how much time is left on the memory before you have to delete some video. As soon as you find a shot you want to record hit the red button in the middle of the silver square. The green "ready" should turn into red numbers which are counting how long your recording is running. When you want to end a shot, just hit the red button again and you've stopped your recording. It's that simple.

Because the camera is so light your video will likely be very shaking. That's not good for any viewer out there. That's why they sell an attachable tripod. This fits into the bottom of the device simply by sliding over the unlock button and then screwing in the top. The tripod is great for pans (moving the camera side to side or up and down) and zooms (moving into or away from an object) which can be done by hitting the plus or minus buttons on the gray square.

So now that you know the basics, let's get to shooting!

Next week's video lesson: The basics of shooting

Comment balloon 29 commentsTara Jones- Atlanta • August 05 2008 11:53PM

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I loved watching  your video and learning more about the Flip Camera.  I have to buy one of these.
I'm excited about learning more about the video from you, I have marked your site so I can stay tuned.  Thanks, Dagmar Sands

Posted by Dagmar Sands, International Real Estate Agent, CIPS, FIPC, ABR (Real Estate International, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Dagmar-  So glad to hear you liked the video.  We'll have a new one each week!  Best of luck with your shooting and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Great post and video.  Look forward to seeing more, especially before I invest in a flip camera or more expensive alternative.  DeWayne Davis

Posted by DeWayne Davis, Suwanee Real Estate Agent (Solid Source Realty of GA - Suwanee) almost 11 years ago

Thanks so much, DeWayne!! 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara (and TJ if you are lurking), you guys know that I am a fan of the work that ReelDwellings puts out.  This 1st episode of the training series is great.  I can't wait for more. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lane- Episode two is right around the corner!  Thanks again for helping us get the word out. 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Can't wait for episode 2.  I just bought my Flip camera a couple of weeks ago and have made three walk thru videos which I've published but I am starving to learn how to make them better and what software is best, etc.  I get such a kick out of making these short clips.  Thank you for the tutorial.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Good for you, Donna!  It will get easier as you start to learn some tricks and techniques.  Hopefully we can help you learn some of those! 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara,  Thanks for the video.  I don't have one yet but know where to find the training when I get one.  Mike

Posted by Mike Miller (EXIT REALTY SERVICES) almost 11 years ago

We'll be here, Mike!  Hope you find it helpful.

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

And I took a look at episode #2 today... It's going to be great.  EVeryone needs to keep their eyes peeled for it. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Tara,

Thanks for these videos.  I have just bought the flip and looking forward to find out how to use it.  BTW, I am sure you know but just in case you don't the have a flex tripod to go with the flip too.  Any thoughts?

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

Don- So glad you like the videos.  As for the tripod...any tripod is going to be better than not using one at all.  However, not all tripods are created equal.  The flexible tripod does not have extendable legs, which ultimately means you have fewer options when shooting.  The longer the legs of the tripod the more creative you can get when creating video.  But again, regardless of which tripod you're using, just using one is better than not.  Good luck on your videos!!

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara,

Thanks for the update and your input on the tripods

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Anytime!

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara, thanks for this post. When it comes to the video aspect I need all the hand holding I can get.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Tara - I just reblogged your post.

Let's see if I can generate any additional traffic for your Blog.

See: http://renetblog.com/blogsview/634453/Video-Tutorial-1-What

Thanks for opting in for ReBlogging.  :-)  Love your stuff!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks so much, Brad! 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara, these are some great videos!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTORĀ®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, Jeremy!  I saw your comments on Brad's blog as well.  Much appreciated!!

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara, you do some really great stuff. I am really looking forward to working with you & TJ!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTORĀ®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, Jeremy!  We are looking forward to working with you as well. Thanks for allowing us to use you as a "before and after" :-)

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Tara~Thanks for the video series. I just got a Flip camera about two weeks ago. I'm looking forward to reading your posts and becoming a trend setter in my area...I appreciate your insight and subscribed to your post...I am looking forward to learning what you are willing to share!

Posted by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, LaShawn!  I really appreciate your subscription and hope you learn what you need to put you ahead in your market.  You are already on the right track embracing and learning new technology.  I wish you all the best! 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

Great stuff, thanks for sharing.  I am definately going to incorporate this technology into my business going forward.  Looking forward to your next episodes. - Dan

Posted by Dan Firda (RE/MAX Rigtht Choice) almost 11 years ago

this is a great tool for education and use it for client testimonials -

Posted by Scott Hoen, VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607 (TitleCapture.com) almost 11 years ago

Dan-  So glad you are finding the information useful.  Episode #3 will be up by Monday morning! 

Scott- Thanks so much for watching and sharing great ideas!

Posted by Tara Jones almost 11 years ago

Tara - Thank you for your instructional videos!  I've been wondering about the "Flip"...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago

It's really a great little camera...just with very limited capabilities. When used appropriately it should have a great spot in the world of real estate.

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) over 10 years ago

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