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This 16mm film from my collection is actually a Kinescope (film shot off a CRT) of an edited 2" Quad Ampex videotape, made for trade shows to be shown to groups of guys at conventions in conference rooms, board rooms, and such. "Hey guys - be sure to stick around till the end cause you don't wanna miss our great Ampex Corp. Gag Scene at the end!" Different times indeed. A pretty straightforward demonstration of new devices used to "insert edit" and assemble synced shots, things that have been taken for granted in linear editing for many decades, but new and experimental in 1961. As always I transferred this with my own Telecine. Enjoy!
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11 thoughts on “Ampex electronic editor 1961”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Militaru Dan says:

    The TV was mute again in 1961, i didn't know.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars professional insultant says:

    I love your vintage clips.. 1 question though, why no subtitles?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MusicManiac says:

    Sex sells

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars asdfasdf1331 says:

    What kind of freaky milk carton is that???

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Daly says:

    Thnks for the memories. I remember seeing a reel to reel 2 inch tape recorder at the local tv station in around 1958. It was only good for about 8 to 10 passes through the recorder as it would actuall cut into the tape as it passed by the head. The tape traveled quite fast as it played the tape.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Go Away says:

    When you get content match copyright claim things does that mean that somewhere out there, they have or had the original master recordings, digitized them, and uploaded whatever to the content match whatever? Watching these I have to imagine THESE must be the best existing copies.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B. O. B. B says:

    So cool!!!’

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FMphoto Office says:

    Missing are the loud clicks from the many solenoids in the system and the air guide noises. The editor I knew was cued with audio only. Worked like a charm- whenever the maintenance engineers weren't tweaking the system. There was also the ACR-25 commercial spot machine with 2 vertical transports and a chain of carts slammed back and forth, rewinding the spot before going back in the cart chain. All of it was in part thanks to powerful motors spooling heavy tape reels and two loops , one on each side guided by air, to take up the slack from the heavy reels starting . Five strapped 2" tape syndicated shows coming and going back to the distributor weighed close to the 70 lb UPS limit.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cerulean daydream says:

    Looks like Mr. American Businessman needs to lay off the… whatever it is in the poodle-cozy? bottle. It's clearly giving him hallucinations, paranoia, and an uncontrollably sexist point of view.

    Oh, right, that last effect is just what passed for "humor" among the male-dominated corporate sales crowd of 1961. 🙄 But I'm still curious about the thought process that led to the inclusion of the poodle bottle cozy in that cringey vignette.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Per Westermark says:

    I have a Sanyo VHS that has automatic cut and splice – it can also interface with a second VHS to have one automatically seek to different locations to play, allowing automatic productions of multiple VHS copies without first cutting a master, thereby reducing one copy quality loss.

    But this show device was pure magic. It could have an actor open a door and then step through the door from the wrong direction making him stepping into the very room where he opened the door. My Sany VHS did not manage that magic 😁

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert mason says:

    I remember someone telling me that they used to work for the ABC (Australia). They were responsible for the televising in Australia of one of the Olympics. Video came by satellite and audio by telephone link. To delay the video so it would sync up with the audio they had two machines one recording the video and the other playing back, with the tape moving from one to the other. Changing the distance between the machines changed the delay.

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