What word(s) can be used to discriminate between an audio recording and a 'video' recording? For example, I used an ipad to record my students' group work, but I think that if I said, "I recorded my students' music", that could easily be understood as an audio recording. But I didn't 'videotape', because I used an ipad, however it is both audio/visual. Should I just use the word filmed? Like, "hey, let me show you a film I took of my students?" I feel like that sounds so old fashioned. When we watch Youtube what are we watching? "Do you want to watch a youtube video"? Should we just agree that recordings that show visual are videos?

  • "I filmed my students' work" is perfectly acceptable. "I ipadded my students" would be wrong on so many levels :) – Mari-Lou A May 27 '18 at 12:52
  • "Ipad in hand, my students' work was filmed" – lbf May 27 '18 at 13:59
  • What's wrong with what you put in quotes: a video recording? You didn't put audio recording in quotes, even though it, too, is not listed as a word. As a verb, you can simply say, "I recorded it to video," or "I made a video recording". – Jason Bassford May 27 '18 at 17:05

It is understood that a video recording would usually be accompanied by sounds ("audio"). When we watch Youtube we are usually said to be watching a 'video'. If it is of short duration it can be called a 'video clip'. In British English, the act of recording a video is often called 'videoing'.

Video (Oxford Dictionary)

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A definition of video: TFD

A movie recorded electronically, usually including a soundtrack:

and a definition of vid: merriam-webster and oxford

a video

Recent Examples of vid from the Web - M-W lin.k

In this slapstick dashcam vid posted by a Thai YouTube account, a motorcyclist faces certain injury when a truck ahead of him on the highway loses a mattress ...

Check out this awesome vid of the girls behind the scenes at their shoot to see more of the girls' Mudd campaign.

In the initial vid, Rihanna is seen slowly applying Body Lava onto her shoulder, then buffing it slowly with a Kabuki brush.


"Hey, let me show you a vid I took of my students!

is increasingly being used.

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  • 'video' is standard. I've never heard 'vid' before. – Mitch May 27 '18 at 14:40
  • @Mitch from my research it appears to be 'in the lexicon'. – lbf May 27 '18 at 15:45
  • lbf, sure it may well exist, but you need to give perspective. 'vid' is much rarer than 'video'. This answer highlights 'vid', to the detriment of 'video', as though it is the answer. To someone who is new to English, or even to those with lots of experience, this would be extremely misleading. – Mitch May 27 '18 at 15:51
  • @Mitch edited to preclude my answer as providing a word to the exclusion of all others. – lbf May 27 '18 at 15:58

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