Portable recorders meant that recorded video footage could be aired on the early-evening news, since it was no longer necessary to develop film.
These shoulder-mount camcorders were used by videophiles, industrial videographers and college TV studios.
With the proliferation of file-based digital formats, the relationship between recording media and recording format has declined; video can be recorded onto different media.
With tapeless formats, recording media are storage for digital files.
Full-size Super-VHS (S-VHS) camcorders were released in 1987, providing an inexpensive way to collect news segments or other videographies.
Sony upgraded Video8, releasing the Hi8 in competition with S-VHS.