Video is all around us, in television and movie form. The medium is so widely popular that it spawned the next generation of interactivity: personally created video. That doesn’t mean that everyone is rushing out to make their own films now. It means that video filters into daily life in new and efficient ways all the time. Here are three things that have become mainstream in less time than it took for mountain bikes to catch on.
- Video conference calls. No longer does connecting professionally with someone located across the country require solely voice communication. Now, facial expressions are included in the package, for those who choose to work within the realm of video conferencing. Whether to flash the communicator’s image up on a large screen or keep it more personalized on each individual monitor is an individual question.
- Instant message video chat. It’s not the height of brilliance to think about conducting a video chat with your friend while you’re behind the wheel of an automobile. Trying to read facial expressions is best reserved for when you can ascribe your full attention. However, the format is catching on for those who like the personal touch of being able to see their friends as they catch up on the latest happenings in their lives.
- YouTube. Demonstrating succinctly that people enjoy short, entertaining clips nearly as much as full length films, YouTube has taken off as people exercise their visual creativity without an eye towards profit.
These video technologies show every sign of not only continuing in the future, but thriving as software and hardware catch up to the demands of innovators.