Are you old enough to remember the days of Super 8 home movies, when viewing memories captured on film meant lugging a heavy box of developed film rolls out of a closet, setting up the family projector and screen, threading the film through the machine – and replacing the inevitable blown projector bulb halfway through? Or do you recall hoisting a large shoulder-mounted video camera attached to a portable VCR in the early days of camcorders? We’ve come a long way in just a few short decades!
Today, you can capture high-definition video with your digital single-lens reflex camera or attach an 88-gram video camera to your helmet to record amazing action shots as you bike, skateboard, or scale a vertical rock wall. Digital technology has all but completely eclipsed video when it comes to amateur cinematography. Each new technological development has encountered some degree of resistance, but innovation continues at a rapid pace. When you consider that the movie industry was spawned just over a century ago, the sophistication and universal accessibility of modern motion picture recording equipment is truly remarkable.
To learn more about the history and rapid development of motion picture and video technology, check out the infographic below–