I thought I'd raise this under a new thread rather than divert the thread in User Videos from discussion of Marc's excellent Goodwood event vid.
I've cut and pasted a few comments and I hope I haven't misrepresented you, Marc.
One thing that surprised me was the abundance of DSLRs, and the lack of camcorders. Very few people took video
I'm surprised that you're surprised! The constant barrage of comments about how great DSLR footage is (with some justification), the comparatively low cost of very good DSLR footage over the past few years means that anyone with an interest in producing good video probably isn't even offered the choice of a camcorder. People who, like myself, got into video because they wanted a few moving snapshots of their kids no longer need to start off with a "beginners" camcorder as they have a perfectly good one on their phone. Depending on the type of film they progress to (if they do progress) they are likely to progress to a GoPro or a DSLR or both.
It's less that people had expensive stills cameras and more that no one was taking amateur video. Sure, one or two had a gopro (with no screen) and a few used their phones, but the number of stills to video was a massive ratio. I see the same pattern with tourists in London. It's no wonder the forums are no where near as busy as amateur photography sites (and the really busy video sites are those that aimed at pros or wannabes).
It also supports why I can never find videos on YouTube of events like goodwood (other than one or two truly awful ones).
Whenever someone posts a car video, I always think "I reckon I could have done better". Now that I've done a few, I can say that it's tricky to get some decent stuff to work with, particularly where you are a spectator with limited access
I would like to think that the reduction in filming car events is that people have become a bit more discerning about what they film. Maybe people with DSLRs have begun to understand how difficult these events are to film and therefore prefer to capture a few good stills rather than some rather dodgy footage. If only this applied to everything else.
It would appear YouTube uploads continue to increase (from quick research currently - 100 hours per minute, 2012 - 60 hours per minute, 2011 slightly less).