[sdiy] [OT] CRT + Vidicon = analog convolution?

Mike Bryant mbryant at futurehorizons.com
Sat Jan 22 12:23:19 CET 2022


This was state of the art until Quantel released the Harry digital system.  Knew a couple of guys who worked on that - some of the digital timings were pretty marginal.   We hardly think about gate timings nowadays as logic is so fast.

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From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Gordonjcp
Sent: 22 January 2022 11:10
To: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: Re: [sdiy] [OT] CRT + Vidicon = analog convolution?

On Sat, Jan 22, 2022 at 08:11:07AM +0100, cheater cheater via Synth-diy wrote:
> The first time I heard of vidicons being used together with CRTs was 
> when I read up on old TV stations and how they converted from 50 to 60 
> Hz or between line amounts. They essentially filmed a TV, but the 
> device eventually was an integrated CRT-Vidicon invention where the 
> CRT and Vidicon both scanned horizontally. However, if you make them 
> scan at 90 degrees of each other, you can use that for computation.

Go and look up what a "Scanimate" was, it'll blow your mind.  I think only one still exists in an operable condition.

All those visual effects you saw on 80s TV title sequences were done by applying modular analogue synthesis techniques not to the video signal itself (mostly) but to the scan voltages for a high-def CRT (800 lines or so!) with a TV camera aimed at it.  To make those wobbly side-to-side titles, they'd point the Scanimate camera at a title card (literally, a bit of white card with the titles drawn on) and apply a sine wave to offset the X scan voltage of the monitor, and so on.

Genius stuff, and nearly all gone now.  I'm amazed none of the video synthesis guys haven't built a reproduction given how cheap CCTV monitors and modular synths are.


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