Are there synonyms for the collocation 'take video'?

For example:

He wanted to take a video of this scene, but then his battery died.

I'm looking for other ways to express while talking about talking videos. Are there such ways?What about record video, is idiomatic?

I checked the dictionary (Cambridge, Oxford) but I didn't find an answer.

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    The one-word verb for taking / recording / shooting video is just film, as in Observers filmed the riots. The corresponding verb (formed in the same way) for recording audio is tape, but that can sometimes imply both audio and video. Jun 13, 2020 at 17:38
  • "to take video" is not idiomatic. We cannot give a synonym for an incorrect phrase. Please provide a complete sentence using the phrase. That will give us some context for your question. Jun 13, 2020 at 21:20
  • Honestly. I'm surprised. I thought it is. Probably I was confused with taking photos. I added a context to my question. Jun 13, 2020 at 22:30
  • I found that this taking video is in usage among native English speakers... youtube.com/watch?v=LC5qrJjgLfM Jun 13, 2020 at 22:32
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    Business Insider's YouTube channel is not concerned with English grammar. The person who uploaded that video is using non-standard English (and who cares, in this context) but it would not be accepted in serious print media. Jun 13, 2020 at 22:39

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Personally I have never encountered take video. I believe that to shoot video or shooting a video is the most idiomatic expression.


In the UK we'd say, "He wanted to video the scene". Lexico says it is a British usage.

Professionals here may, nowadays, call the process 'shooting a video' or possibly 'filming', but at TV companies a clear distinction used to be made between filming and videoing because you didn't film on video tape and you didn't video on film.

I've never heard 'take a video.'

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