Let me preface this by saying that I bought my first camcorder early in 2006. We had just submitted our dossier to the Chinese government, and at that point we were expecting that we'd be traveling to China before the end of the year. So, every new father needs a camcorder, right? But of course, the adoption took just a bit longer than expected, and in the meantime that camcorder became, well, totally obsolete.
And then my darling Monica told me about the Flip. It has enough internal memory to record an hour of video, so there's no need to use tapes or DVDs or anything like that. It's tiny--about the size of an iPod--and it plugs directly into the USB port of my computer, so I can dump all of my video directly onto my hard drive. It's powered by an internal battery that recharges just by plugging it into the computer. It's incredibly easy to use, with only about a half-dozen buttons. Turn it on, push the big red button, and boom--you're recording. And perhaps best of all, the latest version of the Flip records in HD, and even in low light the video looks great.
So I decided to give myself an early Christmas present, and it arrived this afternoon. Here's a simple little video I threw together in about two minutes. I even added a soundtrack using an mp3 I had sitting on my hard drive. Dang, I love technology. And this little gadget is going to come in VER-R-RY handy in China.