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Video

electronic medium for the recording, copying and broadcasting of moving visual images
When you see yourself on video, do you like what you see? I've yet to meet someone who says yes.
- Susan Morem (2009).
Video killed the radio star. ~ The Buggles (1980).
Prior to tape recording technology, most television programs were broadcast live with no recording or archiving. Film was used for some events and broadcasts, but it was expensive. This fundamentally changed the approach of television stations, enabling them to record shows, and also to archive and re-broadcast them as repeats.
However, VCRs also shook up the entertainment industry in other ways. Actors and writers went on strike in 1985 over the percentage paid to them for work released on video.
VCRs were also blamed for reducing movie theatre attendance and putting a damper on box-office takings over the 1985 summer season. ~ Allan Foster (2016))

Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.

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  • Prior to tape recording technology, most television programs were broadcast live with no recording or archiving. Film was used for some events and broadcasts, but it was expensive. This fundamentally changed the approach of television stations, enabling them to record shows, and also to archive and re-broadcast them as repeats.
    However, VCRs also shook up the entertainment industry in other ways. Actors and writers went on strike in 1985 over the percentage paid to them for work released on video.
    VCRs were also blamed for reducing movie theatre attendance and putting a damper on box-office takings over the 1985 summer season.
  • In 1981, only 3% of Australian households (or 150,000 homes) had a VCR. That number rose quickly, and by 1993 80% of Australian households (4.5 million homes) had a VCR.
    One reason for the rapid uptake was the dramatic drop in price of VCR technology. In 1976, the average price of a VCR was A$4,684 (A$8,838 in today’s dollars). By 1993, the average price was less than 10% of the 1976 price, at A$446 (A$842 in today’s money).
    The number of movies available also skyrocketed, from a measly two films in 1978 to 33,000 titles in 1993.
  • Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect. It's not real life.
    • Lady Gaga, in: Amber L. Davisson (2013). Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture. p. 162
  • When you see yourself on video, do you like what you see? I've yet to meet someone who says yes.
    • Susan Morem (2009). How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition, p. 45.
  • All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
    • Carl Sagan & P.K. Ahnelt, (1998). "The photoreceptor mosaic." Eye 12(3B):531–540; as cited in: Stefan Winkler (2013). Digital Video Quality: Vision Models and Metrics. p. 138
  • Just as the spinning and gathering of wool serve as the raw material for a weave, so the artist working with video selects images to serve as the basic substance of the work. All technology, in its capacity to instantly reproduce, store, and retrieve information, has moved continually in a direction that seeks to free us from laboring with our hands by giving us greater conceptual freedom to organize, select, and judge.
  • Video killed the radio star.
    • The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star" in: The Age of Plastic (1980)
  • When I started in video I was one of two or three dozen video artists in 1970. And now, to paraphrase Andy Warhol, everyone's a video artist. Video, through your cellphone and camcorder, has become a form of speech, and speech is not James Joyce. It's great, and to be celebrated, but it has to find its own level.
  • For all the power of video and film, I am not giving up my pen. I am just much more likely to try to link essays to webcasts or videos. The best way for these two media to move forward, to inform and make change, is in tandem; together they are more than the sum of their parts.

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