The Development of National Standardization of the One-Inch Helical Video Tape Recording Systems

Author(s): A. E. Alden
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 February 1978
Conference Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Conference Date: 3 February 1978
Page(s): 26 - 29
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-906-5
DOI: 10.5594/M00575



On 24 January 1977 the SMPTE Engineering Vice-President received a letter, submitted by ABC and CBS following their joint study, requesting the Society to set up a special ad hoc committee to assist in resolving a potentially serious problem arising with the rapid development of one-inch helical tape recording systems. The letter reflected the broadcast industry's concern over the proliferation of systems with non-interchangeable formats and offered a proposed format for a continuous field (nonsegmented) one-inch helical system for professional broadcast quality applications. The letter stressed the need for prompt action and urged the Society to move expeditiously on the matter.