Electronic Engineering Company of California (EECO) was a major supplier of Time Code Generators and Timing Systems for government and scientific purposes, and in 1966 adapted that technology to time code for Television.
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Its often said, that the first car you drive, is the one you remember most fondly... and in editors, the EECO-900 is one I remember with great fondness!
An Ampex VR-2000, equipped with the EECO-900 editor and using On Time® time code, gave the editor as honest, flexible and reliable tool as you could want.
The EECO editor was used to do a variety of major network series and specials, as well as countless commercials. Its editing flexibility ranged from something as simple as inserting a commercial, to something as complex as a classic western-barroom fight.
Beyond just using the EECO-900 as an editor, it could be used to frame accurately trigger a dissolver (the HS-200's switcher with its little patch panel was a great companion), or use it with a small camera to "burn-in" time code in a dub or kine, or start as many machines as needed for an A, B, C, ... roll, or synchronize to an audio playback for a lay back.
Jim Russell (CBS)
Dick Hill (CBS)
Circa 1970's post production control room. Visible in the picture on the right is a custom built time code comparator which is driven from the EECO time code. Video switcher, support equipment, and an Ampex HS-100/200.
This is a custom designed and built multiple time code comparator.
It used the EECO time code from
the master tape machine to control the switcher and HS-100/200. With it you could do complex film A/B
rolls including dissolves and titling.