My research indicates that both terms refer to movies, 動画 and 映画. Is there a difference in usage? Does 映画 refer to film/videotape based movies and 動画 refer to everything else?
Film; Movie; Motion Picture
For example, you would use this when referring to a film you would watch in a cinema.
It is used in the Japanese word for cinema (映画館) as well as a few of these examples:
- 映画監督 - Film Director
- 映画祭 - Film Festival
- 映画学校 - Film School
Used for animation and online videos (such as YouTube).
- 動画配信 / ビデオ・オン・デマンド - Video streaming / Video on Demand