Television has only recently become an all-digital medium. Programmes used to be made using analogue video or celluloid film.
This is how 16mm film was shot:
This is how analogue video worked:
This website offers a hands on history of TV’s physical media, used to create millions of hours of TV around the world. It offers:
|Over 130 videos – most in short, medium and long length versions|
|More than 12 hours of footage|
|Interactive stories about television history|
|Profiles of television veterans|
All 130 videos can be downloaded and used under a Creative Commons licence from the Figshare repository. The 52 about analogue video production and editing can also be found in Europeana, the European digital library.
Here’s a lightening version of our recreation of 16mm filming, shot on four cameras:
These videos were directed by Amanda Murphy as part of the ADAPT project, funded by the European Research Council, headed by Professor John Ellis. They provide unique information about how TV used to be made, and have been widely used, even by the BBC