[mythtv-users] OT B'cast nostalgia, was: Hauppauge in ...

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sun Mar 9 17:16:48 UTC 2008

On Mar 9, 2008, at 10:38 AM, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:

> And as for the cameras.... you can get a lot done for $50K these  
> days.  ;-)

I know they are coming down, I'm talking about the tube days. By the  
time you add the pedestal, prompter, pan/tilt head, viewfinder, servo  
controls, CCU, triax and all the other stuff required to make it  
actually work it starts to get into real money.
>> Typical consumer setups totally mutilate things, but then again most
>> consumers were satisfied with VHS quality.
> Standard anecdote: the Sony Jumbotron at the old sombrero, Tampa
> Stadium -- which was *much* crisper looking than your home TV --  
> was...
> 240x192.
> Second anecdote: in 1988, when I was in TV production classes, we  
> had a
> triple-nickle portable camera and a 7400 standard VHS portable.
> Played back first gen into a broadcast monitor, with a TBC, it stood  
> up
> to anything the local affils were airing.  Handily.

I guess the statute of limitations has expired, so I can admit I have  
put uncorrected slant tracks on the air. The U-Matics had a great run.

>> (He said looking at the RCA 2" Image Orthicon tube on his bookshelf,
>> now THAT was a camera tube (came out of a TK-14) :-))
> You *have* see Quadruplex Park, right?

Yeah, interesting stuff. Most of it I have used or at least seen.

As far as analog recording, a properly set up 2" quad can make  
astoundingly good pictures, the catch of course is "properly set up".

I had a lot of fun at VPR-3/Zeus school. We used to say a Zeus could  
make video out of a sow's ear. (I believe it won a technical Emmy).  
You can't give away a VPR-3 today.

I'm surprised QP doesn't have an ACR-25, they were great machines. I  
never worked on them, we used TCR-100s, real beasts as I'm sure you  

> I used to have a Jumbotron module, given to me by a cow-orker who got
> flown to ... Topeka, I think, for Jumbotron school.  They had the
> *coolest* swag.

A friend of mine has one of the pixel units from the Fremont Street  
"roof" in 'Vegas, probably pretty much the same thing.

Ah well, the good old days...


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