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A brief History of video Technology

By Mia Clarke

Do you love watching television and movies? Even if the answer is no, it’s worth taking a look at the history of video technology and how it has evolved over the past century. Video technology and the film industry play a large role in civil society and continue to influence cultures worldwide.

At the turn of the 20th century, films were the ultimate go-to for entertainment. People dressed up in their best outfits and headed out for a night on the town to enjoy a movie, although these movies were nothing like the ones we enjoy today. Rather, the early 1900s films were stop motion with no color or sound.

Over time, video technology developed and continuous motion pictures became the new norm. By the 1950s, black and white television sets were beginning to show up as common household items and just 10 years later, color television was introduced.

Today, old-fashioned television sets with small and often colorless screens have been abandoned in favor of sleek designs with flat screens, LCD displays and even portable handheld devices such as tablets and cellphones.

Take a look at the infographic below from Userful to get a succinct overview of the history of video technology since the introduction of stop motion films more than 100 years ago and reflect on the influence that television and the film industry continue to have – is it possible that future video technology will be developed with pop cultures in mind?

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