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Rant of the Day: Film vs Video

It’s time for everyone’s favorite feature…

Andy’s Rant of the Day!

For today’s rant, let’s address the difference of filming and shooting a video. To get started, let’s take a moment and look around the room. Everyone who used a phone, digital camera, quad copter or other electronic device to film a video today, please raise your hands.

I see a few hands out there. But sorry Charlie, you got this one wrong. You do not get to pass Go and collect your $200. In fact, you should go directly to jail for giving that answer.

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Photo Credit: Hasbro Toys

Maybe it’s due to the proliferation of photographic quad copters and so many people becoming instant video producers that some people have not taken a moment to realize that they are not “filming” a scene, they are creating a “video” of the scene. Here’s why:

This is film:

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Photo Courtesy of Kodak

This is a Micro SD Card:

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Photo Courtesy of SanDisk

See the difference?

When you are filming, you are recording your images on film. When you are shooting or creating video, it is stored on a completely different type of media. So, unless you are using using film, you’re creating video.

So, from now on, let’s try to get it right. If you’re going to go out in your high-tech remote controlled quad copter and shoot film, show us a photo of the film camera you’re using. I’d really like to see a “film” of that one!

Okay, Rant Over. You may now move around the cabin.

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