home video


Definition of home video 

1 : prerecorded videocassettes or videodiscs marketed for home viewing

2 : a homemade movie usually filmed with a camcorder

Examples of home video in a Sentence

the latest releases in home video We watched a home video of their wedding.

Recent Examples on the Web

Kino Lorber is planning a 2019 theatrical release, followed by VOD and home video releases. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Jean-Luc Godard's 'The Image Book' Goes to Kino Lorber for North America," 14 May 2018 But there have been good-to-excellent films released in the first six months of 2018, and many of them have already made the jump to home video and streaming platforms. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "From ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Lean on Pete,’ the best movies of 2018 . . . so far," 28 June 2018 Much of the footage, from interviews and home videos, is harrowing, and some of the most devastating accounts concern her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who grew up with her parents on the road and died just three years after her mother. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Whitney Houston doc is raw and revealing," 5 July 2018 The late 1970s had seen the introduction of home video systems, and following the success of her book, a producer approached Fonda with the offer to produce a VHS version of her workout. Nicholas Smith, Time, "How Jane Fonda Helped Inspire Reebok’s Freestyle Fitness Sneaker," 30 Apr. 2018 The original video was a compilation of home videos of the singer growing up, paired with fans lip syncing to the song. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Camila Cabello Drops Mysterious New Teaser for 'Never Be The Same' Video: Watch," 13 Feb. 2018 Whether on home video or at sing-along screenings, Grease is generally introduced to kids at young ages. Jared Cowan, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every L.A. Filming Location From Grease, 40 Years Later," 15 June 2018 The film, which has a home video vibe, shows him with family, reading correspondence, performing experiments, working in the peanut fields, holding a mound of red Alabama clay. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Discrimination at Harvard, Girl Scouts Celebrate Eid, 5 Breaking News Haikus," 15 June 2018 The marketing of 2016's Rogue One didn’t start until 2015's The Force Awakens was out of theaters and on home video. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Disney's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Marketing Battled Franchise Saturation," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of home video

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of home video

: movies that are sold on videotapes or DVDs and are meant to be watched on television at home

: a home movie that is recorded with a video camera

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