Because it’s me, it’s you too: You’ve missed the bulk of your child’s/life-mate’s/hamster’s landmark moments because, by the time you’ve unearthed your camcorder, charged its battery, and finally removed its lens cap, the moments you wanted so desperately to capture have passed into the pages of history.

If blogs, podcasts, and Twitter haven’t made it clear enough, let me make it so here: The aughts are all about documentation—recording every insignificant moment of your life and the lives of those around you—and, frankly, you, like me, have fallen down on the job.

In this episode of the Macworld Video I show off my new favorite device for creating such video documentation—Pure Digital’s Flip Ultra pocket camcorder. As I mention in the video, the Flip Ultra carries 2GB of non-removable flash RAM, runs on two AA batteries, shoots at 640x480 for up to 60 minutes in 3vix format, includes a digital zoom, offers a flip-out USB connector, has a reasonably bright 1.5-inch LCD, sports a built-in microphone, and can be operated by creatures both four-legged and two. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and it can be used as a USB flash drive for storing files.

Download Macworld Video #57

  • Format: MPEG-4/H.264
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 (iPhone & iPod compatible)
  • Size: 11MB
  • Length: 4 minutes, 51 seconds

Show Notes

The part of the snarky child was convincingly played by my progeny. I am very proud.

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