So I dug through everything on the desk, filing things, throwing things away, sorting, and wondering what I was doing with this. I found a lot of things, but none of them were the video camera.
Well, there was the enormous mass of stuff on top of the hutch. And I'd been meaning to do something with it.
And after pulling everything down, I found the video camera among the debris. It's now charged and ready to go.
Meanwhile, I dusted off the shelf and put everything away except for the decorative trophies and artwork that's supposed to be up there.
It looks much better now.