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March 20, 2012 - 12:04 AM
jim barbey

  I am at the moment working in a Television studio and started in television in 1968 and used AMPEX VR1000 OF COURSE IT WAS MANNUAL EDITING I couls do it in 20 sec we had compations and it was a brave thing to cut a tape worth more then three months wages.
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March 04, 2012 - 04:40 PM

  What an amazing collection of the history of television! I too can just remember the Panorama broadcast, never dreaming that one day I would actually be working in television.
Thank you so much for keeping history live!
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November 20, 2011 - 10:02 PM
Keith Palmer - not the Film Guy

  I Really Miss Those Old VT Days

I joined the BBC as an Engineer in 1978, aged 22, and later moved to VT operations shift 2.
Became an Editor at Elstree working on EastEnders and Top of the Pops.

30 years on Iím now teaching at City University London plus still editing corporate videos and some broadcast such as Children In Need, Inside Out and BBC news.
<" br>I still have my chi nagr aph han dy but now I need glasses t o see f ind i t.< br>< br> I mi ss the old tec hnology s uc h as "VT13, Pro" c Amps and d up lex c hang "eovers, te" a tro lle ys at 2015 each night except Sund ay "s," nowa da ys it ís al l 2 pass vbr mpg en co din g a nd H.2 64!! wi th u pp er odd field dom inanc e!!! W ha t th e he ll is go "ing on?

But I bet I could still operate an EECO VR2000 suite or TR70 - could you? (donít forget the demod balance)

I would so so love to see a VR-2000 again?

I was sad to see a previous message saying that there are only 10 Editors left in VT, I have a 30 year old VT staff rota to hand that shows 35 editors on shift 2 alone!!!

Iíd love to know where Dave Jones and Huw Parsons are now?

I still have a D3 copy of those hilarious Christmas tapes in my Attic.

All the Best Keith Palmer. Nov. 2011
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November 06, 2011 - 08:28 PM
Andrew Stacey

  A great site.It brought back many happy memories.I was in current ops for most of the 70's before joining Thames,and I don't think I have ever drunk and smoked so much in my life as I/we did then. Wonderful fun,"Doug & Dinsdale" in charge;Unsure if it was Saturday? Just check out Derek Fawcett, as he always wore a polo neck instead of a white shirt,at weekends. Nick Maingay shovi" ng all the supposedly wipe d TO TP tapes back in the library "," just as we ll he did ",gi" ven all th e archiv e program mi ng t hey've mad e out of t he m since .Bri an West st ic kin g a ll the hole punc "hes, staplers" etc "," to the of fi ce walls "," wi th do uble sided t ape ju st to see w ha t it l oo ked "like," God we we re s o bo red some t ime s!!
All the best to anyone who knows me.
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November 04, 2011 - 12:26 AM
Rob Platt

  As I pass into my 25th year in 'VT' it is great to look back at this great archive. Sadly as there are now only 10 or so staff editors in the BBC and about the same number of assistants I'm not sure there will be many more stories to tell both on and off the screen.
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May 30, 2011 - 11:14 PM
Martin Fitzgerald

  A fitting tribute to the engineers and the technology of the VTR.
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April 27, 2011 - 08:59 PM
Meirion Hughes

  Hi, I was in VT ops then VT Maintenance on Shift 1 Television Centre circa 1977-82. If there is a regular email list could you please add me to it. Would hate to miss any more of the reunions. Best regards
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April 18, 2011 - 10:49 AM
last minute

  I used to be a VT operator/cameraman/dogsbody for my high school television station in the 70s. It's great to see how things were done by the big boys. I especially enjoyed the Christmas videos. Got any more?
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April 07, 2011 - 05:05 PM
Tony Makepeace

  joined as direct entry engineer
Shift 2
on first round of VT editors
brought up on Edivue & magic markers.

edited everything that came along especially drama & opera

Incidentally I have several pounds weight of Edivue powder (aquired from University of Bristol - not
BBC!!! - happy to give some away - also have first generation Ampex quad head assemb" ly - not f rom Beeb!!Af ter leaving B eeb spen t rest of workin g l if e & bey ond wor king f or Unive rsity of Br isto l first ma king Teach in g films & v ideos then i nto sc ientific researc h - X-Ray cry stal og rap "hy," me di cal endo sc op "y, po" llut ion re se arc h & more< br> #NAME? og ra mme horror s to foll ow no w re tire d #NAME? ort of - near Bristol
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February 24, 2011 - 04:39 PM
john bales

  I worked in VT from 1960 - 1964 I think it was on shift 2 under the most splended shift supervisor Don Kershaw
I decided eventually that working for a large organisation was not my scene.
Until retirement I ran my own business in bulk audio tape copying and am currently retired and living in Dorset
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