One of the reasons for my trip to the west coast is to serve as a videographer of the events along the way. My video camera stopped working a while back, and I'd been meaning to replace it. I'd seen the Flip Video device for about $150. It is simple to use, connects with a built-in USB plug (that flips out), and comes with software for Apple Mac and/or Windows. The quality isn't as good as similarly priced miniDV camera, and it is limited to 60 minutes of recording. So, I ended up taking it back. It may be possible to get a video camera upon arrival, or one could be made available.