Operating Tips for Our TV Studio
Starting in 1984 I have slowly acquired videotape and audio
equipment, purchasing one or two carefully chosen items each
year that a chunk of money was available.
Over the course of the more than ten years that I've been acquiring
the hardware a very nice computer-graphics-output / television post-production
studio has emerged.
The studio started it's life in my "Workstation Pod" in Building
394, Rm 227, but it has grown and grown until it now occupies the
majority of Rm 116.
In this series of Web pages I will attempt to document some of the
more arcane techniques that until now have been only in my head,
passed on to the few interested video initiates by word of mouth.
A great many people deserve credit for helping me achieve my dream
of having my own TV studio.
First and foremost,
Dr. Paul Deitz,
who had the vision and foresight to provide
the funding and management support for this project.
Mrs. Pat Ritterhoff and
Dr. Gifford of the Baltimore County Public School System,
who allowed me to produce, direct, and engineer several 3-camera
video productions while I was still in high school.
Even though it took a lot to convince Dr. Gifford, that first time.
(This was back in the "old days" of open-reel VTRs and vidicon tube
Dr. Dave Rogers
and Mr. Terry Slattery
of the US Naval Academy, who got me hooked
on making computer generated videotapes by
giving me access to their Ikonas framebuffer
and Sony BVU-850 recorder in my early
days at BRL.
- Kathy Zimmerman, who excavated the remains of a failed attempt to
record some interior ballistics data off the screen of a Perkin Elmer
computer and lent the whole batch of equipment to me on faith.
The morning after she
lent me the equipment, she had the videotape of ballistics data on her desk.
When combined with our existing Ikonas framebuffers,
the Sony BVU-850, Lyon/Lamb VAS-IV and ENC-6 that she had lent me
was enough to start making good looking videos.
SIGGRAPH thought so too, and included this first piece
in their SciVis compilation.
- Chuck Kennedy, who bought the Abekas A60 CCIR-601 ("D-1") digital
video disk recorder, Faroudja Encoder, and Tektronix TSG-1701 master
sync generator which formed the core of our ultimate studio.
- Bob Reschly, who helped me mount everything in the rack, helped
me hand-make all our coax cables, and kept everything tweaked up in
perfect working order.
- Paul Stay, who guided me through the
intricacies of the government procurement system, as well as
churning out lots of the purchasing documents needed to buy new stuff.