” You take pictures when you want to hold onto a moment. The first day of school. That silly icing on someone’s nose. The sweet face of your newborn baby.
But you take video when you want to capture time itself. This is Grandma dancing the Harlem Shake. Here is your first lay up. This is what you look like scrambling away from the Taliban and getting your weapon shot out of your hands.
That last kind of “time capture” is causing a bit of a ruckus in our military community. Ever since Pfc. Ted Daniels’ helmet cam video of himself in combat in Afghanistan got 23 million views online, plenty of questions have been raised about the use of video that troops are bringing home from war. Who benefits from these videos? How should they be used? Is it OK to make a profit from them?
There are so many kinds of war video out there, it is difficult to make hard and fast rules.
The war itself is captured officially on video cameras mounted on helicopters, on drones, on trucks. Troops are buying their own helmet cams to capture what happens to them on patrol. “
- Pfc Ted Daniels: Soldier who filmed Afghanistan War firefighter on helmet cam speaks out (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Helmet Cam Captures U.S. Soldier Under Fire in Afghanistan (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- Soldier’s view of Afghan gunfight watched 23 million times (itv.com)
- Soldier famous for YouTube video of Taliban firefight interviewed (stripes.com)
- Why you should be watching Inside Combat Rescue (realityblurred.com)
- Video Head puts the helmet cam into the helmet (gizmag.com)