The difference between videos and computer graphics

computer graphics

Often I’m asked to convert my websites to videos for exhibitions. I prefer no to. My websites are all below 200K in file size, and the resolution and duration are infinite. Sometimes there’s no choice, I have to convert those websites to a ten minute video recording that is thousands of thousands times bigger in file size and lower in quality.

I try to explain people that my “animations” are not videos. They are scripts, they are small pieces of software that show you a moving image. I try to explain that video is like a long slideshow of fixed images, and a program is entirely different. I try to explain that jpegs are lossy, and vectors are not.

The people who know the difference know what I’m talking about. The people who don’t know will nod but not really understand. I can’t blame them. It’s all very abstract and in the end they just want things to work.

I don’t know much about programming myself. I know what’s possible in a browser but I have no idea how to make it. I don’t know the pros and cons of different protocols and compilers and interpreters and on and on. I’ve tried to understand what object oriented programming is but I still don’t understand.