From the world’s first cinematograph to chip-based camcorders, and finally to today’s GoPro, video-making has taken fascinating turns and developed to be more accessible than ever before.

Video-making is one of the most rapid growing industries. Its development has improved drastically in the 20th century, and it’s still continuing to wow us! Its evolution has escalated precisely after the rise of DSLR.

If we didn’t know any better, we’d say we’ve died and gone to cinematography heaven. Whether you’re a professional filmmaker or an amateur photographer, with today’s advanced software and hardware, you can unleash amazing capabilities and a phenomenal potential for video-making! Our daily lives became a series of videos that you can either capture ourselves and store up on our memory or catch later on the internet.

Recording live is now available through smartphones. All you need is a phone and 3G connection. Still, in terms of quality, smartphones will never outweigh modern professional film equipment. Having said that, it doesn’t mean we appreciate smartphones any less, they’ve come a long way since their inception in 1995; take 4K recording for one!

Here are the industry’s milestones: (as shared by Mashable)

1895 – The world’s first motion picture camera

Created by the world’s first filmmakers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, the camera helped them in debuting the first-ever motion picture, Sortie de l’usine Lumière de Lyon, later in the same year.


1927 – First movie with synchronized dialogue

The movie The Jazz Singer was created, post 32 years of silent movies.  Produced by the Warner Brothers, with a Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, was adapted from one of Samson Raphaelson’s  short stories, “The Day of Atonement” – the movie contained six songs.

1967 – First portable video system

The Sony DV-2400 Video Rover portapak, consisting of a large black and white camera and a separate record-only VCR unit. The device is light enough for a single person to carry around, however, it takes two people to operate it; one ran the camera while the other carried and managed the VCR unit. On a side note, 2015 – the reputable Sony, created its Alpha A7S II model; a mirrorless, full-frame CMOS, 4K, 12.2 MP resolution with a 3.0-inch tilting display monitor. Quite the evolution, right?

1984 – Digital video is invented

‘’The International Telecommunication Union creates the first digital video. Four years later, it develops H.261, the first digital video compression standard.’’ Digital video was first introduced commercially in 1986 with the Sony D1 format.

1985 – First chip-based camcorder

Sony’s Video 8 Handycam was the first 8mm camcorder, with that achieved, the sun had set on Sony’s Betamax recorders era.

 1992 – LCD screens rise to power

Sharp became the first company to build a color LCD screen to replace the conventional camcorder viewfinder.

2002 – GoPro introduces the personal action cam

Although the product has been around for 16 years now, the concept of personal recording took some time to get fixated to.  With social media platforms and apps adopting the concept, GoPro and similar equipment had their moment to shine!

2005 – The YouTube Empire

YouTube first video hit one million views in 2005.  The then-promising website was later bought by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006. In 2013, YouTube hit 1 billion monthly visitors. Interestingly enough, YouTube’s video viewership now doubles each year.

1996 – WEBTV

Launched by Roku and Google TV, long before Apple TV saw the light.  Although the product was uneasy to use at first, it grew steadily and Microsoft bought it in 1997. WebTV had 800,000 users by 1999. Changing TV as we know it.

2007 – Apple TV

launched Apple TV, allowing viewers to watch live TV, movies and streaming videos without a cable subscription.

2013 – Social video, a game changer

The social video took social media platforms by storm. Today, it became an integral element in all social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.  

This immense rise was attributed to desktop publishing and the increase of bandwidth, consumer access, and computer internet speed. Other factors such as the falling cost of technology and equipment have facilitated the emerge of social video marketing (SVM).

There are diverse apps that permit people to easily create and edit their videos, such as Google+, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Hulu, there is also Soundcloud for audio-only.

It’s hard to predict how the future is shaping with the industry’s constant evolvement. So let’s  just take a moment to appreciate how advanced video-making has become.

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