Montreux 1987
I've just received on loan another book from John Warner (what else is hidden away in your library, John?) This one was published in 1987 to celebrate the 15th Montreux International Television Symposium and Technical Exhibition - phew! I have scanned some of the photographs as they show some VT machines and equipment that are familiar and some that never got any further.
"Charles Andersen and Eric Harris of Ampex put the portable VR3000 through its paces." Anyone who has ever 'worn' one of these will know what the operator is going through!
The caption for this picture - interesting to compare it with the machine in the Deutsches Museum on the next page - will raise a chuckle amongst the 'older' VT folk. "A reconstructed VR1000 heading for a museum. On the far left is an early electromechanical editing device". (Shame they didn't consult someone who was there!)
First VR1000
"In July of 1978, after 22 years of continuous service, the first Ampex VRX1000 quad installed at CBS Television City in Hollywood was replaced by a Sony BVH1000 as the changeover to 1" helical machines began."
This photograph of an early TBC (? - Clive McC do you recognise it?) is dedicated to all VT engineers who faced the brave new world without valves!
Bosch/Fernseh BCN
A format that not many of us came across (Neil P excepted). "The Bosch/Fernseh using 1" tape and segmented helical scan was the first format to be standardised."
Bosch/Philips BCR
The Bosch/Philips BCR 1" helical scan that was shown in 1973 and preceded the BCN.
Ampex ACR225
"The Ampex ACR225 is the first recorder using the composite digital format on D1 19mm cassettes". Mainly used for commercials, we never had one and not to be confused with the much earlier ACR25 which used 2" tape cassettes. Lacing of the ACR25 was by vacuum and anyone who has seen one in action will never forget it. RCA made a similar device, the TCR-100, which had mechanical lacing and was not a sight for those of a nervous disposition!
"The IVC9000 2" helical that IBA used to build the first full image digital VTR"