Vidi technology represents a most basic technology for communication, and we would expect most civilisations to have an understanding of vidi systems and be able to use them.
Basically, vidi tech involves recorded moving images, with or without sound. The images come in various formats (see list below) and most are self-playing. This means that lesser civilisations do not need any special devices to view most forms of vidi tech.
Vidis are used to relay info or messages in combat situations when our troops are travelling light. They are also our prime training and teaching tools.
Types of vidi tech
- Vidicard – a handheld card displaying a moving image with sound embedded. Useful for brief messages and memos. Also used for a variety of trivial reasons, such as greeting cards, jokes, mementoes, etc.
- Vidi Message – a variety of vidicard, but one intended simply to convey a particular time-specific message. Some of these messages are self-erasing after viewing
- Vidiprint – a cheaper variation of a vidicard, but usually without embedded sound, used for displaying brief moving images as mementoes. Often put on permanent display, vidiprints can be used as permanent reminders of absent friends or deceased comrades.
- Vidi Recordings – also simply known as vidis – are visual recordings intended to be viewed by multiple audiences over a period of time. They usually contain embedded sound and may last for several minutes or several hours. Vidi recordings can be made for information purposes, for disseminating news, for propaganda, for training, or simply for pleasure. (See Vidi Movies and Vidi Doccies, below.)
- Vidi Movies are a type of vidi recording, used for displaying fictional stories. Vidi movies may be viewed for entertainment, but they also form a powerful propaganda tool. They are often used to educate our troops in the historical background of a particular era or system. (We hold an extensive library of vidi movies in our databanks, including rare examples from Old-Earth in the Preapoc era. Please enquire for further details.)
- Vidi Doccies – also known as doccies – are a type of video recording used for displaying factual information. Doccies derives from the word documentaries. Doccies are highly useful as training tools, and a good way of disseminating both genuine information and propaganda messages.
- Vidishows are entertainment vidis. Not necessarily displaying an entire fictional story, they may, for example, contain a variety of short stories, amusing anecdotes, quizzes, and music. Although they can also contain embedded propaganda or educational messages, they do not required an extended effort of concentration, and are usually used to help our troops relax.
- Vidiscreens come in various sizes and are used for displaying vidis. Although vidicards are handheld and do not require an external display screen, vidiscreens allow for a shared experience and can be used to project large images where this is desired or required. Vidiscreens are often used for displaying vidi movies. (Please note: In most combat situations, a standalone vidiscreen is not required as preexisting screens can be used, such as the screens on a comms console or other cockpit display device.)
- Vidi-cam – a device used to record a vidi. A small handheld, or embedded, vidi-cam is all that is required for most vidicards, vidi messages or vidiprints. For longer and more detailed vidis, where multiple viewpoints are required, a range of professional recording devices is available. (Our vidi-tech teams can put together training and propaganda material if required. This service is only available as part of our Contract system.)
- Vidi-broadcasters are organisations that exist for the purposes of broadcasting vidis using standard communication technology. They are found in most systems, planets, orbitals, and asteroid settlements. The Enforcers rarely use vidi-broadcasts, due to the scattered nature of our operations and the lack of security inherent in most broadcast data.