The concept of video was taken from it's rather smaller type of media class, the images or photos. People frequently use this type of media especially when there are occasions, happenings or events. It's usefulness has quite fascinated a lot of people not only here but also in different countries.
Videos burst online unto the scene and spreading like wildfire. The typical viewer today spends 158 minutes per month watching videos online. The viewership sums up to 14 billion videos a month. By 2013, it is predicted that 90% of all online content will be in the form of video. Uses of Fiber optic cable will increase so much then eventually the internet, cable TV Channels and broadcast TVs will all merge into one.
An interactive videos can link to any other site on the web. It can integrate interesting sidebars without dragging the show out to an interminable length. It is one of the benefits of interactivity for the viewer.
Interactive videos is one of the most promising of technologies to come along in a while, and in this day of technological wizardry like Laparoscopic Eye Surgery or GPS mounted on your dashboard, that's saying a lot.
On a technical level, interactivity is achieved by superimposing a flash overlay on top of the video file. The flash overlay remains a separate digital entity, but appears to the viewer to be part of the picture.
YouTube's interactivity is referred to as 'annotations', and right now is rather limited in scope. Other online video platforms offer interactivity too. Many of them use it for kicks right now (One service is even called KICK) but some of the more business-minded companies are developing video activity for commercial use.
History Of Video Technology
The word 'video' was taken from the latin verb 'videre' that means 'I see'. Cathode Ray Tube Television Systems were the first one to apply Video Technology. Their are several new technologies for video display devices were invented after it's creation.
The introduction of VHS (and Beta-Max, which VHS predecessor) home recording of television programs became a reality. But before long, the cassette recorder become a source of inconvenience as well as a blessing, as families were left arguing over which show should be taped, and only a few hours of footage could be recorded onto one cassette.
With the creation of Television sets (TV) and Computer Monitors, both of it's standards have evolved independently but the their evolution and advances produced some intersection. Convergence of the two can be seen today. For example, Computers can now display television and film-style video clips and streaming media, encouraged by increased processor speed, storage capacity, and broadband access to the Internet.
The onset of DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) was the next leap forward in home video technology. These were a quantum leap ahead compare to VHS. Of course, I am forgot to mention the notorious Laser Discs, which were incredibly large discs that had to be flipped half-way through the film, and were the first technology to introduce special features such as director's commentary and deleted scenes. Laser Discs would have become far more popular. As it was, they were strictly the possessions of film fans and rich folks looking for something to spend their disposable income on.
In almost every way we can imagine, technology has moved forward into increasingly complex directions. A number of decades ago it was considered impossible to have any kind of recordable video, the introduction of VHS tapes put an end to this, and soon DVD's were stocking the shelves of electronic stores everywhere. Now Blu-Ray has entered the scene with ever-higher levels of quality and convenience.
Now we have the new technology of Blu-Ray and HDTV. While the images this technology is capable of producing is incredible, the excitement from customers is nowhere near that of DVD. Perhaps we have grown weary of this constant advancement, and many are reluctant to have to replace their entire DVD collection with a new technology.
The main problem with the emphasis on technical aspects is that the most important thing about a movie is the actual content of the movie itself, not the level of quality we see it in.
Video Technology will sure continue to improve as long as there are people around the globe who are using it and wants more from it.