TV Tape Takes to Road (Jun, 1960)

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TV Tape Takes to Road

Have you noticed “live” location pictures on your TV screen lately? It’s probably mobile videotape.

WHEN Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev visited a farm and meat packing plant at Coon Rapids, Iowa, CBS-TV newsmen knew they had a scoop. No, they weren’t the only ones there. The other two networks also had plans to use videotape coverage of the event on their newscasts, since tape requires no processing time and yields “live” fidelity pictures. But only the CBS-contracted Giantview mobile videotape unit was able to follow Mr. K. as he ambled around farm and packing plant.

The Giantview unit can capture broadcast quality pictures on videotape at almost any location. What does this mean to the TV producer and director? Cut costs, for one thing. What does it mean to you, the viewer? Good, authentic backgrounds that studio-anchored cameras cannot get. A director can shoot westerns, commercials, sports events, etc., at remote locations, check the results on the spot, and reshoot those scenes which do not satisfy him without having to wait for a film run.

On board the truck are an Ampex videotape recorder with cue and erase channels, editing facilities, four TV cameras which are electronically switched and mixed, audio recording facilities with six microphone channels, lighting equipment, monitors, cables, a complete servicing shop and radio-telephone.

2 comments
  1. Toronto says: July 9, 201010:48 am

    And only 6 tons! How portable can you get?

  2. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: July 11, 20102:35 pm

    Disney & ABC TV did a special on the opening of Disneyland focusing on the effort to coordinate a huge, live broadcast just five years before this article. It was made to show local TV stations how the special was made and the efforts and troubles. Video tape studio in a truck must have seemed a god send to broadcasting.

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