Equipment

The Phillips Telecine Chain
Before the Bosch FDL-60 telecine chain arrived, this was the chain used to telecast 16mm film and 35mm slides.  When the Phillips camera was fitted with new tubes, and the film was a good quality print, the images were extremely good (for 70's era standard definition analogue film).  Who remembers the often yelled out phrase from the co-ord...."MUCK IN THE GATE"!!!!!  Basically this meant that what looked like a giant pubic hair had decided to do aerobics in the visible area of your television screen.  A quick short blast of compressed air was the remedy, although this could sometimes be a game of cat and the hair.  Another common occurrence was the failure of the aural exciter lamp, leaving the viewers with a Marcel Marceau experience until the spare was engaged.

David King
Yep, 1" Plumbicon tubes sure looked good. A real drawback or should I say 'reel' drawback was you could not spool forward on the projectors. Sometimes it would have 'reely' helped.
Dave Powell - 21/09/2012 Add a comment