Another thought — my cell phone takes short videos (30 seconds), and they can be either sent to another cell phone number as a text message, or sent directly to an email box from the phone, with no processing. Maybe cheaper (or easier to borrow from a friend to test it out first?) for someone who does not already own a camcorder. And a webcam can be very inexpensive. Quality on both the cell phone and webcam are lower than a nice camcorder, though, so try to borrow one to try it out first.