VIMACS—A Vertical Interval Machine Control System

Author(s): B. Greenberg ; A. Molinari ; S. Ripley
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 February 1982
Conference Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Conference Date: 5 February 1982
Page(s): 146 - 152
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-912-6
DOI: 10.5594/M00633



The American Television Industry is a unique blend of show business and advertising tied together with Engineering and Technology. As such the broadcaster is constantly striving to improve his "On Air Look", reduce presentation errors and consequent loss of income. Modern day Telecasting has come to rely upon pre-recorded material for much of its broadcast day. The key to a smooth "On Air Look" is accurately timed Machine starts. This is achieved either by local operation at the source, or preferably, by Remote Control at the point of use. Depending upon the size of the operation, there can be many such control points. The system which allows this control is one of the hearts of a modern T.V. Broadcasting plant.