The Amazing Evolution of Video Consumption in Today's Digital Era

Today, when we watch a Facebook video on our smartphone or a CGI-drenched film on Netflix, we tend to overlook the tremendous progress that's been made in the fields of #videography, #filmmaking and #video formatting even in just this past century.

From the cinematograph in 1895, to the first consumer camcorders in the 1980s and 4k resolution and stereoscopic 3D graphics in the aughts, video pioneers have continued to invent new ways of creating and capturing moving images.

If history serves as precedent, video innovation won't be halting any time soon. Here's a look back at how video evolved from the cinematograph to the GoPro and what advancements might be on the horizon.

Early Developments:
→ 1895 - The world's first motion picture camera
→ 1912 - The film industry gets its camera
→ 1916 - Color movies arrive
→ 1927 - Birth of the 'talkie'
→ 1927 - The television comes from an unexpected source
→ 1934 - TVs hit the market

TVs and VHS:
→ 1948 - The birth of TV news
→ 1951 - CBS leads the pack in color
→ 1954 - The color TV is ready for consumers, but are they ready for it?
→ 1962 - The first TV satellite
→ 1965 - The Super 8 format makes filmmaking accessible to the masses
→ 1967 - Portapaks give life to the art of camerawork

Camcorders and Digital Video:
→ 1976 - The Betamax/VHS war
→ 1977 - Movies you can watch at home courtesy of VHS tapes.  The Sound of Music, Patton and MASH were the first VHS tapes that cost $50 to $75 a copy
→ 1981 - Camcorders hit the market from JVC and Sony
→ 1984 - Digital video is invented.  4 years later, we have the H.261 video standard
→ 1985 - The decline of Betamax and Blockbuster invades the world.  By 1994, they sold to Viacom for $8.4 billion.
→ 1985 - Blockbuster invades the world
→ 1991 - MPEG sets the standard for storing video
→ 1992 - LCD screens replace pesky viewfinders
→ 1995 - Digital video gains traction on camcorders (Sony debuts the digital recording platform MiniDV on the DCR-VX1000 camcorder, which allows users to transfer digital files to their computer for editing)

DVD and Streaming:
→ 1997 - DVDs are here!
→ 1997 - A service without late fees
→ 1999 - TiVo brings about DVR and changes TV recording
→ 2002 - GoPro introduces the personal action cam
→ 2003 - Death of the VHS; rise of the DVD
→ 2005 - The YouTube empire begins
→ 2006 - Blu-Ray promises stunning graphics
→ 2007 - Apple TV rethinks cable TV, although today - it has still taken off

Modern Day:

  • 2010 - Blockbuster start closing its store. By 2011, Dish Network buys Blockbuster and closes the remaining stores
  • 2012 - Korean artist PSY's Gangnam Style becomes the first video on YouTube to surpass 1 million views
  • 2013 - By the end of 2013, 85% of American internet users viewed some form of online video with 63 million Americans watching videos on Facebook.  In this same year, home video streaming topples DVD purchases
  • 2014 -  Mobile video marks the future as 81% of cell phone owners watch videos on their phone.  This year saw the mainstreaming of 4K content in the home.
  • 2016 - Sony and Microsoft introduce 4K video and 4K gaming on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S.  The following year, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One X, which was capable of native 4KHDR streaming and gaming.

If you are old enough to remember VHS tapes, than you can truly appreciate how far video has come.  It is amazing what can be viewed and created today and the future is only going to get better.  To learn more how Empire Video Productions can make a difference for your next event, visit our website or give us a call today.