There was a time when only a few families were able to record their family memories in movie form. Home movies were created on cameras that used film, and they weren’t the easiest thing to film and then process and share. Today, technology makes home movies a snap. Even as cameras began to become more portable, they were still pretty pricey. Eleven years into the 21st century, computer advances and innovation in portable devices and their hardware have made the video camera extremely portable and affordable. Sharing the movies you make is as easy as plugging into a USB port, uploading and posting on the internet.
In fact, technology is quickly integrating different devices to do multiple tasks. Phones take photos and shoot videos. They also carry our favorite music in them, and then they can be plugged into our car’s auxiliary port, thus eliminating a pile of CDs. Some of the very portable video cameras have advanced so much in their technology that they are now the size of a cell phone, and many will shoot HD video. They can then be plugged into computers, and some televisions, so that the movies can be shared as fast as they are made.
Because these portable cameras are so convenient, families don’t ever have to miss a special moment. Baby’s first steps, or a cool sunset from a mountain top, or something crazy on the street is right in your pocket. It will be as if your recording, watching and producing your very own direct.tv network. It will be interesting to see what the next generation of portable video cameras will offer in their operating systems. They are truly a technological wonder.