Videoing or filming?

Walking through the woods with the dog I hear a few kids playing around on mountain bikes. They must be in their early teens. One boy shouts over to his pal “video me”.

‘Videoing’ and ‘videoed’ are terms I still can’t get used to. For me, and generations before, it’s always been filming or filmed. Are these simply new words emerging from the next generation of video savvy content creators. Or is there a difference between videoing and filming something?

This isn’t about the medium. Digital video replaced film stock decades ago, with only a few purist film directors still choosing to shoot on 35mm film.

Video is no new thing. What has changed is how accessible it has become to almost everyone. To create. To view. To share.

Content is now captured so quickly and in an almost ​subconscious​ state. It has become an extension of our memories. A way of backing up what we might have forgotten.

For most, when capturing something on a smartphones it’s not a creative act. There’s not normally a consideration for composition or movement. And a story happens incidentally with little or no prior consideration or planning.

To ‘video’ something is an immediate act. Something throwaway or to cherish later as a memory. It can be raw but sometimes beautifully authentic.

To ‘film’ something feels different. If you ask someone to film for you there is a request for it to be considered, and an assumption it will be treated as a craft. To film something (even if it is shot on video) is a desire to create a story, a piece of work, and hopefully something memorable.

There is a difference between these two terms, perhaps a subtle one. But it’s not all about old or new generations, or changing technology. It’s the difference between how we capture content and document life.

‘Videoing’ - maybe there is a place for this word after all, regardless of how uncomfortable it feels. So I’ll have to accept it, as I have done with skinny jeans, Instagram and Chris Froome.