The advent of consumer digital camcorders was really the start, or more particularly the digital production suites that were available to edit the digital video.
It all started as an idea to film my friends in Bluehorses, as a form of feedback - When you are playing on stage you are in the moment, and afterwards there is a kind of strange perverse memory of the occasion. The video was a good way to capture the memories warts and all.
We started with a single camera and then added a second, and third. These were all standard definition devices recording onto DAT tape.
As we went along we all learned the hard way about the things that affect a good recording, especially the need for good lighting and tripods. The editing became slicker and less gimmicky. We started to get a feed of audio from the sound desk to improve the sound quality as well.
Some samples from Newt