What is an Audiovisual Record?
In many ways, audio visual records are distinctly different from traditional texture sources of government information. For an example, although the printed page can preserve the words of minister's speech, a videotape will reveal what was actually said, including the speaker's intonation, appearance, facial expressions and gestures.Audiovisual records are particularly suited to recreating events, they can show us people, places and things we could no experience firsthand. Motion picture films, magnetic tapes and discs are also designed to reach a mass audience and can be powerful communication tools.
Managing Audio-visual Records in the Government of Canada