The Type “C” Format … a Moving Target

Author(s): William F. Carpenter
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 February 1983
Conference Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Conference Date: 4 February 1983
Page(s): 136 - 142
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-913-3
DOI: 10.5594/M00600



When the SMPTE "C" format was agreed upon in 1978 there were doubts in the minds of many as to whether it would ever replace the quadraplex VTR's which were in use worldwide. Most VTR users could understand the projected economies of this new format specifically in reduced tape cost and the resulting reduced space required for archival storage of the tape. Also, the performance features of picture in shuttle and still frame provided by the one field per scan format held a future of increased productivity in the editing area. In addition to these basic comparisons to quad in both performance and economy there was intrinsic value to the mobile production user of reduced size, weight and power, all basic concerns in the growing field production environment.