So, my parents were using a Flip Ultra HD to record sermons. This camera has a serious flaw which the company has acknowledged and failed to fix. First, the camera has 8GB of memory which it formats into a FAT-32 filesystem. This filesystem has a well known limitation where it cannot have a file which exceeds 4GB in size. The Flip camera, when recoding in HD, will hit this limitation in about an hour (depending on the motion in the video). The simple solution to this is to simply split the recording into multiple files so as to not cause any issues. Pure Digital Technologies, Inc, unlike their competitors, doesn’t seem to have figured out this simple solution but instead elected to have the camera beep and turn itself off. This completely violates what a consumer would expect out of a camera in that it will continually record until it is out of power or out of memory, or in the old days, tape.
I talked with their live support to confirm this flaw, and amid a bastardized, CPU-hogging chat client, I managed to get confirmation that this flaw is known, and no explanation as to why it has not been fixed aside from “I’m sorry, that’s what the camcorder can handle.”
I later found out that the company is owned by Cisco, and considering my history with their lousy products in the past, I should have already known.