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I've been roped in to the office fantasy football league.

I don't follow sports, or know how Fantasy Football works, but apparently I am at the level of my career where this is necessary.

Here's Richard Burton discussing his production of Hamlet which was shot in Electronovision.

I have to find it.

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There was a blue ray release of the TAMI show, which I assume was done from the original kinescopes (but not the original video tape.)

I'll be really curious to see what the Bluray looks like on a big screen.

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Here's an example of electronovision

I have no idea how this was transferred, or how it came to be on youtube, so I can't comment on the image sharpness itself, but you can see the luma artifacting that was common on these tube cameras on the tuners on Brian's guitar.

You can also see Mike Love being a dipshit, and forgetting to sing his part.

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In what appears to be becoming a trend, I refined these thoughts a little and posted the slightly more polished version to twitter:

and in what should be my standard going forward, I did one more pass and put the final result on my blog:

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Early versions of this system used RCA TK-60 cameras, apparently.

That's the first named camera I've seen associated with this system.

Documentation for that camera does not mention System E or 819 line operation that I can find, so I imagine that the 819 line mode was actually an operation of the sync signal generated on the Ampex High Band Quadroplex recorder (so now I have to find one of those, and some 2 Inch tape.)

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Okay check this out:

This is a Video Tape to Movie Theater system that debuted in the 60s and used the french 819 line standard, and then stored it on Ampex high-band quadruplex video tape.

Then, when the movie was finished, it was Kinescoped (like a regular TV show) to film and shown in theaters.

How cool is that? ? ?

Here's a thread where some folks are driving 819 line sets from a VGA cable:

and from a converter box that doesn't appear to be sold anymore.

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Here's a video showing off an absolutely beautiful Teleavia type P111 that pulled the french standard 819 line signal.

He does not show the set in operation, and spends most of the video talking about a book, but he does show the swiveling head and the design.

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Artist: Sun Ra

Title: There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)

HD broadcasting in 1948!

The sets were 4:3 of course, but basically they were 4:3 720i black and white.

(in practice it was actually more like 816×736 px vs 720's 960×720, but also it was analog so the minor differences were probably lost anyway.)

The standard was used in to the 80s, but I'm having a really hard time finding any information about it.

If you're french, and you know what this was called in france, please let me know!

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Hat tip to @mathew - I just learned that France had a graeter than 720i broadcast standard in the 1940s!

That's Astounding.

I gotta find some old french gear, I guess.

That guy appears to have settled on some compromises that I don't think I would have accepted, and his results don't look great, but I'm positive he was working on a time table that didn't allow him to improve it any further.

I'm positive that I can take it a few steps further.

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It looks like the 3A+ (which also has wifi!) is roughly the exact size of a super 8 cartridge.

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