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You can use this word as a noun or as an adjective, and some people even use it as a verb:

  • Cindy put all of her children’s performances on video.
  • We have a lot of stuff on video.
  • Do you have a video camera?
  • Did you get that on video? (This question is often asked when there exists the possibility that someone captured a special event on a video camera or a cell phone.)
  • Videos are often made for corporate presentations.
  • The instructions for the employees are on video.
  • Video games are a popular form of entertainment.
  • Some police officers wear video cameras and record their daily encounters with the public.
  • Music videos became very popular in the early 1980s with the rise of MTV.
  • Videos on just about any subject are easily found on YouTube.


He’s watching a video on YouTube.

Note: The word "video" has become popular over the last thirty to forty years. Film was once the dominant medium for capturing images in photography and the making of movies. Gradually, magnetic tape and digital storage replaced film. Video was cheaper and easier to work with, and that is still true today.

Digital video now goes onto a memory card, a hard drive, or it’s stored somewhere in cyberspace.

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This page was first published on September 22, 2013. It was updated on May 8, 2016.



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