Industry History

When Hollywood declared war on Television

When Hollywood declared war on Television

By the end of World War II, motion pictures were coming to the end of their Golden Age. In three different surveys, 1956 movie attendance was down almost 50 percent…

A Short History of Color in Film and Television

A Short History of Color in Film and Television

The beginning of the photochemical film process came in the form of still photography at the end of the first quarter of the 19th century (around 1826). It would be…

Vintage TV Studios in Modern Film and Television

Vintage TV Studios in Modern Film and Television

Have you ever watched a movie or a television program set in a time decades ago that had a scene take place in television studio and wonder where did they…

Communications Satellites

Communications Satellites

The year 2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the first artificial earth object to orbit this planet. Sputnik 1 was launched on October 4th, 1957, from what is now known…

Kinescope Recording – Television’s Antique Recording Medium

Kinescope Recording – Television’s Antique Recording Medium

I’ve written about restoration of television programs before. But the master copies were usually on videotape that didn’t start showing up until the late 1950’s. The forerunner…

Remote Productions:  The Traveling Road Show Continues

Remote Productions: The Traveling Road Show Continues

In our first examination into the origins of television remotes, we explored the first mobile units designed to leave the confines of studios and cover events, particularly sports, from anyplace…

Remote Broadcasts: Television’s Traveling Roadshow

Remote Broadcasts: Television’s Traveling Roadshow

As television struggles to re-invent itself to stay relevant in a world increasingly getting their video fix from so-called “second screens” (tablets, laptops, smart phones or something not…

Ernie Kovacs: Making Comedy a Uniquely Television Experience

Ernie Kovacs: Making Comedy a Uniquely Television Experience

If you aren’t saying to yourself “Ernie who?” then you might be saying “Why Ernie Kovacs?”  These articles have been about the technical side of developments that took…

Restoration of a Piece of Television History

Restoration of a Piece of Television History

Previously, we explored how the invention of monochrome video tape and the FCC’s approval of RCA’s compatible color television system came together in 1958 and were…

Television in Transition – The 1950’s Version

Television in Transition – The 1950’s Version

“An Evening with Fred Astaire” shines to this day as an example of excellence in early television.  The program was produced in the midst of the turbulence over television&#8217…

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

This is part 2 of a series that looks at trends in corporate motion graphics.  Part 1 looked at the Hollywood films which became landmarks in motion graphics design…

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 1: Inspirational Films

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 1: Inspirational Films

The New Year is traditionally a time for lists, and as many of the articles I published during 2014 reflected on the last 20 years of desktop video, I thought…

Cameras in the Sky

Cameras in the Sky

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” — Socrates…

The case of the white t-shirt

The case of the white t-shirt

In an earlier article I said that when I began my career, I found business issues more difficult to understand than any software or hardware matters.  This article elaborates…

Growing pains – the desktop video identity crisis

Growing pains – the desktop video identity crisis

Some of the most confusing aspects of a job have nothing to do with hardware problems or software upgrades.  Everyone using After Effects knows that Video Copilot produce great…