This paper describes the development of a video-based evaluation tool for use in Rett syndrome (RTT). Components include a parent-report checklist, and video filming and coding protocols that contain items on eating, drinking, communication, hand function and movements, personal care and mobility. Ninety-seven of the 169 families who initially agreed to participate returned a videotape within 8 months of the first request. Subjects whose videos were returned had a similar age profile to those who did not provide a video but were more likely to have classical than atypical RTT. Evidence of the content and social validity and inter-rater reliability on 11 videos is provided. Video may provide detailed, objective assessment of function and behaviour in RTT.