General Writing and Grammar Help/DO a video - MAKE a video


Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to DO a video" and "to MAKE a video"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.


Dear Paolo:

Is there any difference between "to DO a video" and "to MAKE a video"?

*** Most people would consider them to be identical in meaning.  I believe there is a difference.  A person who DOES a video is most likely to APPEAR in the video itself.  A person who MAKES a video is most likely to hold the camera or to be in change of the filming.  He is the director or producer, NOT an actor.  [As I said above, other people may disagree with my interpretation.]

If so, when should I use each of them?

Lady Gage DID a video that was considered "obscene" by many of its viewers.

Clint Eastwood started his career as an actor in movies.  He is now a well-known director of movies.  So, he has DONE movies, and he has also MADE movies.

I would like to DO a video of myself.  Will you hold the camera and MAKE the video with me in it?


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Ted Nesbitt


I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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