Thursday, December 17, 2009

Suggestion for Flip

Dear Flip video camera company,

I am writing to express my satisfaction with your product. Do I Flip? Yes, I do! In fact, I was not even in the market for a tiny video camera when your commercials caught my eye. That catchy tune along with those young attractive people and their charming tom-foolery was too much to resist. While I rarely am involved in hijinks like the ones on the commercials, I do have a baby who is video-worthy.

My camera arrived about a week ago, right on schedule. I was delighted with the ease of use. I installed the double A's and was ready to shoot. And shoot I did.

Today, for the first time, I downloaded my videos. As I watched the clips, I realized that all of them had one glaring flaw: my voice.


Twenty years from now, when my child is away studying at Harvard, I hope to enjoy the videos captured on my tiny Flip camera. My fear is that I will not enjoy them, rather I will be cringing at the sound of my squeaky annoying baby talk that was used to make my daughter smile and coo. It's a little pitchy, dog.

I would like to suggest a new feature for your line of cameras that would allow the videographer to capture the sights and sounds of their subject but NOT record their own voice.

You can call if Flip 2.0, and I will not even ask to be compensated for my idea. If you want to send me a 2.0 as a token of appreciation, I want a yellow one.

Thank you for your near perfect piece of video equipment, and thank you for reading my blog.


Joy Engel


  1. I don't have a Flip, but the last video I took of my dog had the same problem. My voice was very annoying to me! You may be happy to know, though, the baby is so adorable, your voice doesn't bother me in the least!

  2. Or another solution could be to just also install a voice changer on the flip? That way it just sounds like a scary blurred out person from tv and not an annoying mom's voice? Plus, this would probably make the videos funnier. I meant your voice was annoying, not you as a mom. I think you know me well enough to figure that one out.

  3. Yes, I got that! Great idea. You should submit that to Flip.

    Glad to know I'm not the only one this has happened to...

  4. I would honestly have to say I agree with the fist comment. I probably started making my own funny baby talk noises just watching. Her smile and laugh are infectious!

  5. Oh My Gosh! I have one of Casey at about 8 months old. Ya, I'll admit, I was barking like a dog to get him to laugh. Not one of my proudest moments!


  6. Oh My goodness she is so absolutely beautiful who cares about your voice Right??!!! :-) Very very sweet! But I do understand what you mean I hate hearing my voice recorded!