Flipping for The Flip at Dot Com Pho

I figure the Dot Com Pho we go to every Saturday would be a good a place as any to test out the new Flip Video. Dot Com Pho is supposed to be an event for bloggers and Internet marketers to get together and talk about making money online. However, the talks go off topic more often than not.

To give people a taste of what goes on at a Dot Com Pho, Michael Kwan set up a blog call Dot Com Pho (for lack of a better name). You can check it out at DotComPho.com. So far, there’s only one video there but we hope to add more in the coming weeks. The Flip Video will make filming the event very easy.

Attending this week’s Dot Com Pho were myself, Stephen Fung, Ed Lau, Leo Chiang, Michael Kwan and Greg Morgan. This episode was filmed using the Flip Video and edited with Apple iMovie. It really doesn’t show how good the quality of the Flip Video is. YouTube compresses the movie way too much. Can’t wait for them to offer HD.

52 thoughts on “Flipping for The Flip at Dot Com Pho”

  1. Rob says:

    Hey, cool video. I think Youtube does offer high quality but you have to edit the address that you are viewing the video from.

    1. Not a bad little device. 😎

      1. Mmm. Video is certainly better quality than the equivalent or more expensive digi-cam.


        1. Robert says:

          Not bad. It’s very serviceable.

    2. Jake Cohen says:

      Even if you do that, the quality doesn’t improve much. Boy it really is a shame that they took Stage6 down… Ow well!

  2. Adam says:

    John, they do offer higher quality. Just append &fmt=6 on the end of the url like so:


    1. John Chow says:

      Thanks! But even in high quality mode, YouTube doesn’t do the video quality justice.

      1. Sava says:

        John, did you receive my email ?
        I used the contact form about 2 days ago.

  3. Tyler Ingram says:

    Stupid internet connection… keeps buffering the video. Oh well!

    1. Same here – But it looks good, and I’ve heard the flip is really good as far as quality goes.


      1. Sava says:

        Can’t see the video either … it’s just buffering and buffering :-L

  4. I have flip video too. YouTube does compress it too much. You think they will offer HD soon?

    1. Robert says:

      If they haven’t, they will soon. I can’t imagine them going much longer without it.

  5. Frugal Dad says:

    Cool video…you mean that Jessica Alba thing was a scam? Doh!

  6. Daniel says:

    Not trying to be touchy, but a little racist. Not one viewing of a white person in the video at all. What are you trying to suggest?

    1. John Chow says:

      Greg Morgan is white (well, he’s an egg) but he left early. Also, Dot Com Pho is held in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. Want to find out what it’s like to visit Hong Kong without visiting Hong Kong? Come to Richmond.

      1. Leo says:

        The funny thing is the only time I ever hang out with other Chinese is at Dot Com Pho.

        1. Stephen says:

          I guess I’m not Chinese enough for you 🙁

        2. Tyler Ingram says:

          Aww Leo you hurt Stephen’s feelings! Stephen it’s that beard! I thought Asians didn’t have facial hair 😉

      2. Hannah says:

        Yeah, I have Chinese friends over here in Ottawa that call it “Hongcouver”, and with good reason! I’m pretty sure I can count the number of white people I’ve seen in Richmond on one hand, after living in the lower mainland for 10 years.

  7. tom says:

    hey nice video, quality doesn’t even look that bad for a $150 item, regardless of the compression youtube adds. on another note, what are the requirements to attend the weekly dot com pho? or is it invite only?

    1. John Chow says:

      Anyone is welcome to come. Just show up. Well, maybe let us know first so we can save a seat for you.

      1. Jamie Harrop says:

        Is it a requirement to eat Pho with chopsticks? I could make for a half hour of good Dot Com Pho Video entertainment trying to use them, but I’d also look like an ass and leave still hungry. :mrgreen:

        1. Hannah says:

          I’ll be back in Vancouver (well, Mission) in late April, I might stop by one day!

      2. Sava says:

        Wish I could come to … but it’s a long way from Romania … and I think I need a visa to 👿
        I would love to steal your ideas 🙂

  8. Terry Tay says:

    That little device can make pretty good video quality even with the compression from youtube. It will come in handy for a lot of people, not only bloggers.

  9. 💡 Great video in a compact device. 💡 I will have to order one. 😯 🙂 😮

  10. joshuaun says:

    maybe youtube should do the video quality checking=)

  11. Fitness Site says:

    not bad, the quality is fine.
    And nice video.
    yeh, bad name .. dotcompho 😆

  12. I bought mine in January in Vegas during CES. Check out my Flip videos here:

    One of these days I might show up at the pho and film you guys, but I think I’ve scooped you guys at an event in your backyard (meaning the auto show – check out the Ferrari)

  13. Stephen says:

    If someone gave me that FLIP, I’d use it. If I had to buy a $150, limited, somewhat chunky little digital camcorder with only 1 hour of recording time, I’d buy the SONY NSC-GC1 for $150. It has 6 hours of recording time in MPEG4, 2.4 inch LCD screen, rechargeable Li-Ion battery, and has image stabilisation. But like I said, if I didn’t have to pay for it, I wouldn’t complain.

    1. Terry Tay says:

      For sure! FREE stuff is always great 😀 Well, free GOOD stuff is always great 😆 If someone wanted to send me a Flip free I’d certainly be greatful.

  14. My sony camera takes the same quality videos…
    You can see the quality by checking outside the restaurant windows, it’s overexposed. kind of disappointed, was ready to buy it.

  15. Moulinneuf says:

    compare Youtube to vimeo :

  16. Ecko says:

    Mr. Chow, I can’t access YouTube anymore because our government just released a rule that legalizes the blockade to any site containing porn material. What a bad! 🙁

    1. Robert says:

      Which government is that? What a shame.

    2. Sha says:

      Huh? YouTube doesn’t have porn. WTF?

  17. Ed Lau says:

    I like beautiful girls!

    1. Stephen says:

      Wel, it’s a good thing you reluctantly turned down the beautiful boys 😆

  18. Chetan says:

    Hmm so the flip is already going viral 😉
    Name looks good.. and expecting lot more videos at the pho!

  19. Nova Blogger says:

    All this web 2.0 stuff i might have to give up on my old school ways and buy one of these flip things and start doing some video blogs. quality is not too shabby for such a little and inexpensive device i wonder how they will hold up with time though??

  20. Azrael says:

    I don’t really understand what is the purpose of rewritng an article within the same blog because I think that you have run out of ideas.

    1. John Chow says:

      Once you understand, you’ll also understand why I make $30K per month on this blog. 😈

      1. Syed Balkhi says:

        haha that was a good one … I am waiting for the monthly post which says 50k a month.

  21. Balend says:

    this camera seems as if it would be great for video reviews

  22. Sha says:

    I think I might have to get it. People talk about how it doesn’t look perfect, but they’re acting like you’re filming a national television sitcom.

  23. Mike Touch says:

    You’re not the only one who can’t wait for HD streams.

    When the DIVX site stage6.com closed it became impossible to share and view good quality videos online. Stage6.com also proved that there wasn’t a big enough market to make a profitable HD streaming website.

    Hopefully Youtube will try it again.

  24. germz says:

    I don’t like the flip camera very low quality… but I’m cheap and save my money… so I can’t afford anything else.
    Not all of us are dot com moguls like you John 😥

  25. Syed Balkhi says:

    lol youtube going HD would be something to see lol …

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