Techniques for Storage and Reproduction of Audio-Visual and Television Programs

Author(s): Richard Theile
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1971
Conference Location: Montreal
Conference Date: 7 October 1971
Page(s): 37 - 50
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-904-1
DOI: 10.5594/M00181



Although we have had television for many years now, it is interesting to note that video cassettes for home use were developed only recently. There is good reason for this: the technical process for the storage of the visual image is much more complicated compared to that of sound. Therefore, more time was required for the development of the video storage means, i.e., the equivalent systems to the audio disc and tape. To be fair, there was one reasonably cheap system of picture storage in existence in the early days of television; that was the 8mm amateur film. Furthermore, this known medium also has gained considerable importance in the last few years by the introduction of television to the audio-visual business. So, one could generally say that the introduction of television techniques is the novel feature which caused the recent boom in the discussions about audio-visual developments.