Beatles: Image Orthicon?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Richard Crowley, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Has anyone seen that TV commercial for a boxed
    set of DVDs of the Beatles? Video is a montage
    of short video clips showing the various things on
    the DVDs. It almost certainly contains clips originating
    on film and videotape, (and perhaps even kinescopes?)

    A few of the monochrome clips are quite strikingly
    of a different quality than the other clips, even the
    ones in color. They were almost certainly video and
    have a deeper contrast ratio and a luminous quality
    that I have never seen in even the highest-end HD
    video on display at NAB.

    When I first saw them I thought "that must be from
    image orthicon cameras", althought when I got into
    the video biz there were none left (at least that I have
    ever seen).

    Anybody else seen these adverts? What do you think?
    Richard Crowley, Jul 6, 2003
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    Larry Jandro Guest

    I've seen the ads, but haven't noticed. I'll try to pay more
    attention the next time one is shown.

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    Chuck Reti Guest

    A lot of the British (and some US) video of that era was shot with
    Marconi or EMI 4.5 inch image orthicon cameras, usually with fixed
    lenses on a turret. The 4.5" IO was capable of fantastic monochrome
    rendition and excellent detail/resolution, and fairly quiet blacks.
    Many of the other mono cameras of the era used 3 inch IO's, pretty good,
    but video usually not as nice as the 4.5's. I _think_ (been loong time)
    the 4.5s might have been somewhat touchier with regard to H and V
    shading and parabola.
    Chuck Reti, Jul 8, 2003
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