Home Movies From Phonograph Records (Jun, 1932)

This reminds me of the RCA Selectavision system.

Home Movies From Phonograph Records

PLAY a moving picture from a phonograph record!

When Baird, the English television experimenter, suggested this system several years ago, he did not realize how soon it would be before his prophecy would come true.

Those who have listened to television programs know that the signals become audible in the form of a shrill whistle in the loudspeaker. This whistle carries the picture elements in the form of modulated sound.

If we pass this sound through suitable apparatus it becomes capable of reproducing a picture. It is obvious, then, that we could record this sound on a phonograph record and “can” a picture just as we now “can” sound in the form of music.

The sound, in the form of electric current, is taken from the phonograph record by means of a specially designed electrical pick-up. From this point it is carried to an amplifier and thence to a television crater tube. At this point the image is thrown on the screen.

While much remains to be done to develop this apparatus, we may look forward to the day when our moving pictures will come in this new and convenient form.

4 comments
  1. Kirby L. Wallace says: January 3, 20088:55 am

    It’s funny how just about anyone who is from Germany seems to be portrayed with one of those short “hitler moustaches.” THis story, and the one earrlier in the “ahead of their time” list (the one about the “large screen viewer for public speakers, Nov ’37) both show people from Germany with a hitler ‘stache.

    Must have been the popular style back then, I suppose.

  2. Paul Lindemeyer says: March 8, 20083:02 pm

    Baird’s system (“Phonovision”) was actually based on television technology, not film. But I guess any recorded visual motion would qualify as a “movie.”

    What killed it was that the phonorecording process introduced way too much noise to allow the picture to be played back.

    It took 60+ years before an engineer in Scotland figured out how to do it, and it took all kinds of electronic cleaning up.

    http://tvdawn.com tells the story.

  3. nextz77 says: April 6, 200811:16 pm

    phonograph record,so there was video at that time ,this is unique !!

  4. Estúdio Next » DVD em 1932? says: May 6, 200911:03 am

    [...] to the day when our moving pictures will come in this new and convenient form.” Fonte: modernmechanix Só para ter comparação do avançado da idéia: em 1928 foi instalada a primeira estação de TV [...]

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