Even the simplest things can catch our attention, but some footage is so powerful that it can literally shape people's lives and emotions for many years.
Sometimes it's not just the event itself but how it's reported that makes a video clip even more impactful.
9/11 Very few Americans who lived through the events of September 11, 2001, have not seen the news footage of what occurred that day in New York.
The stunning, unreal views of the places as they crashed into the twin towers is etched into the minds and hearts of millions, but the collapse of the towers is just as shocking and horrific.
None of it is likely to be forgotten by any who witnessed it.
Moon Landing Almost anyone who was alive in 1969 clearly remembers all of the coverage about the first moon landing and those historic first steps Neil Armstrong placed on the surface of the moon.
Millions of people felt very involved in the space race and couldn't get enough of watching pictures beamed back from the moon, even when nothing was going on.
Hindenburg The fiery crash of the zeppelin Hindenburg in 1937 continues to fascinate people to this day.
It is unimaginable that this huge creation could burn to ashes in under a minute, yet the evidence is there for all to see.
The people jumping from the airship and those scattering out from under the wreckage add to the impact of this clip.
2004 Tsunami The incredible footage of the Tsunami that struck the coast of Indonesia, Thailand, and other countries, killing hundreds of thousands, brought home the raw power of the ocean.
As the waves came towards shore, their size doesn't seem that pronounced but as the waves receded back to the ocean carrying houses, cars and people, it's easy to see why so many died.
Challenger Disaster The shocking explosion of the space shuttle Challenger stopped many Americans in their tracks.
As often as the news media replayed news video clips of the takeoff and subsequent explosion, it's difficult to imagine that there isn't a person alive who hasn't seen the Challenger disaster.
Osama Bin Laden After waiting so long, many Americans were riveted to the televisions to watch the video clips of the taking of Osama Bin Laden's compound and the killing of Bin Laden.
Even though the original reports came from the news media in the newsrooms, it wasn't long before actual news footage from inside the compound was shown.