Notes on Video Technology

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. Those selling these items have to institute pallet racking to keep their stocks stored properly, and have their mezzanines full with literally thousands of different titles. Mezzanines and pallet racking is great to use in a warehouse to store overstock merchandise. You can gain valuable storage space without having to build an addition to your warehouse. It is important to maximize the overhead space you have in a large area with high ceilings. Using the steel shelving units allow you to be better organized and to keep track of your inventory levels.

This might sound amusing, but there was a time when people would record television music shows with an audio tape recorder, and think “Would not it be great if there was some way we could record the picture as well?” Of course, before that there was only radio, and the idea of an image accompanying the stories being told was considered science fiction.

With the introduction of VHS (and Beta-Max, which VHS defeated) 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.

The onset of DVDs was the next leap forward in home video technology. These were a quantum leap ahead compare to VHS. Of course, I am forgetting to mention the notorious Laser Discs, which were incredibly large discs that had to be flipped half-way through the film, and we are 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.

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.