A trend is noted toward simpler, less expensive videography systems in those applications wherein their modest frame rate capabilities will suffice. Mechanically-shuttered color cameras, and electronically amplified and shuttered black-and-white cameras provide excellent results with off-the-shelf CCTV components at low cost. Capabilities of the most sophisticated system continue to be expanded, making it a truly quantitative measuring instrument. Extraction of x-y data is simplified and automatically fed to a computer for processing. Software for short-range photogrammetry is being developed. The performance of film and video systems is compared, and a case is made for the development of a videography system having an approximately 720 frame-per-second capability.