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Broadcast, Media and Technology History

Welcome to the museum! This is a random collection of reminiscences, links and other snippets of information about the history of broadcasting and media technology. All comments, corrections, additional information, etc. are very welcome.

The Art and Science of Videotape Editing

Convergence Corporation Advert Nowadays we are all used to the ubiquitous availability of powerful desktop video editing devices, in the form of either standalone workstations, or as part of networked, collaborative systems.  The capabilities of the software (and the platforms that the applications run on) are impressive - here's an example of editing that would have been extremely time-consuming in the old videotape-based editing era.

To the more, ahem... mature readers, this post will likely come across as rather familiar and obvious; however for someone starting to learn video editing today, the techniques and technology involved in the early years of videotape centric production would no doubt seem very archaic and tedious.  At the time of course, whilst there were a few experimental and/or very expensive systems that mimicked some of what we have nowadays, in a practical sense there was no real alternative to tape for all day-to-day editing tasks.