[Tig] Telecine 101

Jeff Booth jeff.booth
Tue Mar 4 06:52:50 GMT 2003

Yep. BBC. In the 'good old days'! You went to the loo after the next reel
was loaded - after all, the outgoing reel was 17 minutes long. There was
never any time to actually WATCH the film.

Yes, a kind of edit suite. Only a two channel mixer. Cuts only. No timecode.

Reel changes were done automatically. A self adhesive metal dot was put
between the perforations 192 frames before last frame of the reel. There was
a frame counter that ran the next reel automatically and send a 'GPI' to the
'mixer'. The 'mixer' was an audio and video switch, timed by field blanking.

The colour correction (live with no memory/power windows/fancy stuff) was
done by another operator in a TARIF room. TARIF (BBC acronym for 'Telecine
Apparatus for the Rectification of Inferior Film'). Two joysticks (similar
to Topsy), but no gamma control. Everything from low-con print.

When the BBC moved over to transmitting films from 2" tape (VR2000/AVR2,
later 'C' format) the changeover between tapes (if the film was greater than
90 minutes) was by a verbal countdown recorded on the outgoing tape's cue

Changeover done on 'CUT' - manually by the operator.

If you want me to get really reminiscent, I'll explain how Cinemascope was
done. Live (pre programmed) pan/scan to air of course (is there any other

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From: Jeff Booth
Reel changeovers = TWO telecine machines sharing a TX output
 (switchable at reel changes).
Only when the film is over do you get a break.

Two machines to one output, almost sounds like an edit suite!
At Compact Video back in 1981, our self-built edit system got code
added to control a RANK. The telecine engineer was so excited he
couldn't resist hooking them both up to one suite and was making
color-corrected (and color-framed) edits to type-c 1" and 2" quad.
Of course he couldn't cost-justify any sessions done that way
(it used two suites of color correction, etc)

No breaks during the show - must be BBC/CBC or similar non-union facility!
(BTW: How do you hold off going to the loo for so long?
      More so, how does the audience?)

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