A moving image is a term used to refer to visual work that appear to be in motion. A moving picture is created by taking pictures of the real thing by using a camera designed to capture movement. Some few examples of moving images, which are in electronic form include news footage, graphic interchange formats (GIFs), movies, educational videos, and commercials.


Motion images were achieved by the invention of a camera that could capture motion and kinetoscope that acted as a peephole. The camera was invented by Thomas Alva Edison and William Kennedy Laurie Dickson who was a photographer at that time. The motion pictures created had its first public audience in 1893 as a prototype. Edison later commercially displayed his films in 1894.

The motion images made in the early days were in black and white, and they did not have any sound. They were known as silent films. But as days went by inventions and a few adjustments were made to these cameras by for example using dye to add tint to the colours of scenes in the films. Blue and purple colours would be used to add colour to night scenes. George Albert Smith brought about a significant development in the industry when he invented Kinemacolor, which displayed the actual colours in films. It was not perfect.

A few years later Technicolor in the United States developed a colour process with two-colour then three colour films and the films were beautiful. The cameras used were, however very big and some required more than one projector to show the different colours. Black and white motion films remained standard. After many experimental tests, Eastman Kodak and Technicolor came up with a technology that made coloured films production easier to create and cheaper, as such, colour motion pictures were made standard.