Its 60 years since Ampex pulled off one of the most significant product reveals in TV history.
In a moment of pure theatre they demonstrated the first broadcast-quality VTR
to an unsuspecting audience at what was the fore-runner of NAB.
Their 2” Quad format went on to dominate video recording throughout the late 50s, 60s and 70s.
It’s an over-used marketing phrase today, but this truly was a “game-changer”.
Six decades later, the video tape era is drawing to a close as Sony stop
making HDCamSR machines this month.
In this joint UK Screen and SMPTE UK event we will hear the “star-studded ripping yarn”
behind the birth of Quad and the reasons why it was invented.
It was never meant to be a production tool and certainly never a content preservation format.
As subsequent generations of VTRs came and went over the years, legacy content has had to be migrated
to the next new format. We will hear how the BBC is still handling this on-going process with their vast back catalogue.
Now that content owners are keeping programme masters as files, are they free of the problem of format obsolescence?
Will they still need to migrate legacy content to new formats in order to preserve it for posterity?
And what are the possibilities for retrieving and viewing that content now it’s no longer associated with a physical medium?
Join us as we debate these forward-looking issues as well as enjoying a retrospective view of the dawn of post-production.
Please note this meeting starts at 6:30 Ample refreshments and Networking from 18:00
Neil Hatton, CEO of the facilities trade body, UK Screen Association
Steve Daly, Head of Technology at BBC Information and Archives
Emily Hopson Hill , Head of Delivery for Ooyala Flex
Christo Conidaris, Quantum
Neils presentation is on page 30 onwards in Broadcast Tech review
Gerry Wade at Intervideo for organising the exhibits.
Nick Maingay at Vandequest, David Dean from Westpoint TV and Steve Daly BBC I&A
for loan of exhibits.
Jigsaw 24 for hosting the meeting and SMPTE supporters for funding the pizza and beer
If you exit Piccadilly Circus station using exit one
– just carry straight on to up Sherwood St to Golden Square – it really is that easy!