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TV Technology

Three articles by Peter Finklestone (creator of the VIDFire process still used on the majority of film-recorded b/w episodes of Doctor Who for commercial release) looking at some of the technology behind early Doctor Whos and the difficulties encountered in bringing them to the best possible broadcast standards today.

Film Recording

This page gives details of the various methods used to transfer video recordings onto acetate film, and associated problems with such recordings.


Details of the BBC's first prototype video recorder of the 1950s.

2" Quad Tape

This page discusses the first commercially available tape format which was used to tape TV programmes from 1958 (in the UK) until the mid-1980s.

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