Since it's inception, the EVL lab has been focused on the creation and distribution of visualization technology, particularly experimental video and film that utilizes this technology. Numerous early works incorporated image manipulation and video synthesis, created by the patch-programmable analog Sandin Image Processor (IP). The highly interactive nature of the IP supported live, real-time video performances. The subsequent video recordings that documented these events were distributed widely through the national and international experimental video scene of the 1970's and 1980's.
The EVL lab has produced a broad range of video and film projects, ranging from documentaries and short film subjects, to purely aesthetic pieces. Video installations, performance art, experimental and interdisciplinary works are encouraged. Historically, the integration of video technology into EVL's virtual reality research, projects and artwork is a fine example of the ongoing collaboration between the art and science programs at EVL.
Currently, the focus is on the development, integration, and distribution of high-definition (HD) video content, whether streaming within amplified, collaborative work environments or as shared media. EVL is also involved in super-high definition research in 4K resolution, in cooperation with the CineGridô consortium and other collaborators.
EVL provides a state-of-the-art digital non-linear editing facility for the creation or production of HD media. The University of Illinois's School of Art & Design Video and Film Departments also provide access to valuable curriculum for EVLers who are focusing on these mediums.