video vs film : Common Errors in English

About video vs film

Many of us can remember when portable transistorized radios were ignorantly called “transistors.” We have a tendency to abbreviate the names of various sorts of electronic technology (see and ), often in the process confusing the medium with the content. Video is the electronic reproduction of images, and applies to broadcast and cable television, prerecorded videocassette recordings (made on a videocassette recorder, or VCR), and related technologies. MTV appropriated this broad term for a very narrow meaning: “videotaped productions of visual material meant to accompany popular music recordings.” This is now what most people mean when they speak of “a video,” unless they are “renting a video,” in which case they mean a videocassette or DVD recording of a film. One also hears people referring to theatrical films that they happened to have viewed in videotaped reproduction as “videos.” This is simply wrong. A film is a film (or movie), whether it is projected on a screen from 35 or 70 mm film or broadcast via the NTSC, SECAM or PAL standard. Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is not now and never will be a “video.”

video Meaning(s)

  • (n) the visible part of a television transmission
  • (n) a recording of both the visual and audible components (especially one containing a recording of a movie or television program)
  • (n) (computer science) the appearance of text and graphics on a video display
  • (n) broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects

film Meaning(s)

  • (n) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
  • (n) a medium that disseminates moving pictures
  • (n) photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
  • (n) a thin coating or layer
  • (n) a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
  • (v) make a film or photograph of something
  • (v) record in film

video in News

  1. VIDEO: Rotation in Wanatah

    This is video from southern LaPorte County in the town of Wanatah. Sergeant Mike Kellems of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department says it's in the second wave of storms that created high winds and heavy rain. Rotation was seen. However, no property damage or power outages initially reported.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: South Bend Tribune

  2. Video: Alien Invasion? No, It's Just a Massive Supercell Storm

    The stunning video above shows a mighty supercell thunderstorm captured by Phoenix-based photographer Mike Olbinski on June 3. Olbinski has been trying to capture one of these elusive squalls for four years. ¿It looked like some UFO or something spinning over the world,¿ Olbinski said. He was able to capture 870 images in 24 minutes before the rain overtook him. The video is a time-lapse view of ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wired News

  3. Video of Dog Pushing Man in a Wheelchair—Real or Fake?

    Sometimes we come across a video that makes our jaw drop in disbelief. Either we're taken aback by what our eyes see, even if we believe that what we're seeing is real, or we know that it could not possibly be real. That's the case with the latest Trending Now discovery. In a somewhat grainy [...]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Trending Now via Yahoo! News

film in News

  1. Bona Film Group to Present at the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference on June 19, 2013

    Bona Film Group to Present at the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference on June 19, 2013
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Film Reviews

    Film Reviews: This is the End, Before Midnight
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Artvoice

  3. Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Board For Filmmaker In Residence Program

    New York, NY (June 12, 2013) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre announced today select members of their Advisory Board for the new Filmmaker In Residence initiative at a dinner co-hosted by Charles Finch, Bennett Miller, Paul Schrader and Rose Kuo. The evening marked the launch, and celebration, of the recently announced partnership between the Film Society of Lincoln ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Deadline Hollywood

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