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An Ancient Pocket Video Artifact

Documentary filmmakers often  say that the best camera is the one that you have with you. This insight has propelled the popularity of mobile video. When you have a camera in your pocket at all times, you have the chance of capturing events that otherwise might go unreported. Just today–June 23, 2016–news programs broadcast Periscope clips of a protest held in the U.S. House of Representatives.

These days, “pocket video” is synonymous with smartphone video. But in the old days–circa 2006–before the launch of the iPhone, there was a rival: the Flip camera. The Flip introduced millions of people to the idea that you could shoot video without tapes or memory cards. The Flip started the decline of the camcorder. At its height, it controlled more than 10% of the video market, only to sink into obscurity with the rise of Apple, Android, and other multitasking devices.

Those interested in ancient history might take a look at the trailer for “5 Weddings and a Felony.” An autobiographical documentary shot using a Flip by Josh Freed, the film was featured at the 2010 DOC NYC film festival.

The 76-minute doc can be streamed for $2.99 here.



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