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At the June 23, 2004 meeting...
Our Annual June Retrospective and Barbecue
At National Boston Video Center

We celebrated summer and the end of another SMPTE/New England season at National Boston's spacious facility and commissary. Traditional barbecue hot and cold food were served. Both meatless and vegetarian fare were provided. Chef Otto Von Beckenheim of Foxborough, MA catered the event. Plastique Cutlery was provided.

Bill of Fare

Appetizer: 6:45pm: Broadcast Antique Collector Paul Beck provided a brief presentation on the 1972-era Ikegami HL-33 and HL-35 back-pack style color minicam. Working cameras were on display and there was an opportunity for anecdotal comments by SMPTE members and guests who remembered using these early portable color camera systems, particularly relating to the events surrounding US President Nixon's famous trip to China, considered by many to be the start of what we now call Electronic News Gathering, or NBC's term, Electronic Journalism. VO-3800 and BVU-50 companion field VTRs were also on display. Historians Peter Fasciano and Tom Sprague shared some great behind-the-scenes anecdotes and stories from the original designers and makers in Japan.

Main Course: 7:15pm: Distinguished Film/Video/Media Historian Peter Fasciano of the Avid Corporation gave a special lecture about actual origins of editing. it is the planned keynote presentation for Avid's Editor Master Class. Avid's Michael Phillips refined it, adding additional research and depth. Because Avid desired an objective and scholarly discourse on the early film industry, the presentation had no specific "Avidness" about it. (It was NOT an 'infomercial' in any way.) Film professors in the educational community often ask if they can have copies of the presentation. The illustrated presentation began in the 1890's, with the development of Cine 'Film' as a viable technology, and carried forward through the evolution of some of the most fundamental editing techniques, to current day. It was a very far-ranging presentation, and also included a few brief film clips as examples.

Dessert Course: 8:15-8:30pm: HD Film-to-Video Tips & Techniques. Distinguished Film Colorist and Telecine expert Steve Baldwin offered a brief overview of recent developments in the Cine-Transfer firmament at National Boston Center, and some experiences with executing the highest possible quality transfers from all types of 16mm and 35mm film original sources. Some samples of recent works werel shown, and some background about what the shooter or DP can do during the production to insure stunning transfers to video.

THE Aperitif: 9:00-9:15pm: Pete Fasciano offered some brief closing remarks and demonstration with a Smith Editing Block, with attached optical microscope. This was the 'standard' for 2" Quadruplex videotape editing for many years. Pete shared some wonders and horror stories.

For more information about this meeting, please contact Paul Beck at

Posted: 15 July 2004
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor