Home Video

Home movies have come a long way from projecting 8mm film onto a wrinkled sheet on the living room wall. Learn about the ways home movie technology has evolved alongside the film industry with a video that covers techniques such as the Phi Phenomenon, the VHS vs. Beta format wars, and the tragic downfall of the neighborhood video store in favor of Internet streaming.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Conduct a survey in which class members report what home entertainment technology they have at home and/or their most likely venue for watching movies
  • Have learners research the technological advantages of enhancements such as 4K, Blu-Ray, and 3-D televisions, and predict what will come next in the home video market
  • Encourage pupils to interview a family member about their experience growing up with home video, and what technology was available during their childhood
Classroom Considerations

  • Narration moves quickly; some references may go over younger viewers' heads
  • Comments on video technology is dense and complicated, warranting additional discussion in the classroom
  • Provides a joke at 9:04 in which the video pretends to buffer
  • Part of a larger Crash Course playlist on film history

  •  Subject matter is relevant to viewers' lives and interests
  • Provides a quick and concise look at the history of home video technology in the last century

  • None
Common Core