Long live Vivat! – Jeffrey Borinsky and Paul Marshall
When we wrote about some of our outside broadcast (OB) trucks in the Winter 2019 Bulletin, we said a little about Vivat, our oldest truck, but this fascinating project deserves a closer look. It is a re-creation, as near as is technically possible, of an OB truck that was used at the Queen’s coronation on 2 June 1953.
By Dan Cranefield, Senior Engineering Manager, BBC Tel OBs
After the war BBC Television Outside Broadcasts (Tel OBs) operated from their base at the Palace of Arts in Wembley, one of the substantial buildings which were built there specially for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. Some of these buildings were put to other uses later on.
Something a little different, but still with a link to older equipment and preservation, Trevor Brown reports on his project to interface a Grass Valley GVG-100 control surface to the vMix software. This is just a synopsis of something he has been working on for nearly 2 years, the full reports and investigations can be found in the free electronic issues of CQ-DATV which are available from the link above, the articles start in issue 68 – February 2019.
Trevor Brown has been documenting his work in breathing new technology into a vintage Grass Valley video mixing console; you can read the entire series of articles in his free CQ-DATV electronic magazines, starting in issue 68.
This led me to think about the even older history of video mixers generally.
TV in London is 65 years old in 2020, remaining vital throughout a period of external pressures as well as the changing viewing habits of the population. In this article, I look at the birth and evolution of London Weekend Television, and at the role that technology played in developing its sport and drama output.