If you have a smartphone then it is likely to have a camera and you are likely to have taken photos or videos.
What do you call your videos?
Honey, I’m filming the kids!
No. It’s not film. Film is dead (mostly). We don’t buy film, use film, process film, or make prints from film. That is a bygone era. These days videos (and photos) are all digital. The cost per photo or video has dropped to a meaningless number.
Film is dead.
Some who took videos in the ancient past (less than two decades ago) recorded those videos on tape. TV stations used cameras and tape recorders to gather news events. Tape was the norm. Remember VHS? Tape.
Tape is dead.
Like most of us, I have a few pet peeves and one of them is the use of the words film and tape in an era where film and tape are no longer in use.
Honey, did you get that on tape?
No, you didn’t. There is no tape recording going on in a smartphone these days. It’s all digital. Photos. Videos.
I have a related pet peeve, too. Vertical videos. Think portrait mode vs. landscape mode. What is your TV screen? Landscape mode. What is your computer screen? Landscape mode. Video is meant to be recorded and displayed in landscape mode.
Stop shooting videos in that obscene vertical portrait mode. It’s wrong. Yet, we see the wasted screens and narrow videos every day online and on TV. Why do people shoot photos and videos that way?
I get it. It’s easier to hold the camera with one hand and push the button to start the video recording than it is to do it the proper way in landscape mode.
It’s still wrong.