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scottgfx
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Some here may have seen these pics before, but this is the first time I've put them here in the Photo Links.

http://homepage.mac.com/scottgfx/PhotoAlbum16.html

http://homepage.mac.com/scottgfx/PhotoAlbum17.html

My former boss at WBBH gave me a couple of boxes of slides that I finally scanned in and put online. Please feel free to email me and let me know who some of the people are. I worked at WBBH from 1988 to 1997, but I do not know some of the folks from the early 1980's and 1970's.

I actually used the TCR-100 and the GVG-1600 for a short time. They were replaced in 1988-89 with a Odetics and a GVG-300. We also used the TCR as a still store. :O 1988 brought us our first electronic still store... a Dubner DSS-4 (awesome SS BTW)

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Scott S.
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[quote="TJPerkins"][quote="Scott S."]Another stab at this... "The Chameleon" I remember the artwork being a lizard type, that's why I first had Geko. Scott S.[/quote] After a bit of online searching I think I finally found it: *Video Designer* (ta-dahh) Ring a bell with anyone? The PC technology back then (when I saw it in action) was somewhere around a 486 or Pentium I....and this program STILL kicked butt![/quote] That's it!!! NOW THE FLOOD GATES OF MY MEMORY HAVE OPENED...
TJPerkins
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[quote="Scott S."]Another stab at this... "The Chameleon" I remember the artwork being a lizard type, that's why I first had Geko. Scott S.[/quote] After a bit of online searching I think I finally found it: *Video Designer* (ta-dahh) Ring a bell with anyone? The PC technology back then (when I saw it in action) was somewhere around a 486 or Pentium I....and this program STILL kicked butt!
Brian Ford
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[quote="scottgfx"]Grass Valley bought Dubner in the very early 1990's, so yes, the Grass Valley paint system you saw was probably based on Dubner tech. My brother used that very system at WMC-TV in Memphis, TN. He spoke rather highly of it too.[/quote] Is this where the Grass Valley Presto (character generator) came from? I used one of those extensively in my early days in TV and it seemed remarkably similar to the Dubner CG (can't remember the name).. It had an awesome scripting language called 'K' that I used to use to write some pretty crazy programs..
Scott S.
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[quote="Scott S."][quote="TJPerkins"][quote="scottgfx"]1988 brought us our first electronic still store... a Dubner DSS-4 (awesome SS BTW)[/quote] Has anyone ever used the short-lived Grass Valley paint/still store program? I can't remember what it was called (not Dubner Paint, this one had nothing to do with Dubner as far as I know), but another edit room at the station had it...I think Grass sold it as a package with a Gateway 2000 PC. I was blown away by its functionality, and was told it was amazingly inexpensive...wonder why GVG abandonned it so quickly? Obviously it could never hold up against photoshop nowadays, but back then the main competition was Quantel, and anything that didn't cost $50-100 grand should have been more heavily promoted, IMHO. -Tom[/quote] Tom, was it the "GEKO"? Scott S.[/quote] Another stab at this... "The Chameleon" I remember the artwork being a lizard type, that's why I first had Geko. Scott S.
scottgfx
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[quote="TJPerkins"]Has anyone ever used the short-lived Grass Valley paint/still store program? I can't remember what it was called (not Dubner Paint, this one had nothing to do with Dubner as far as I know), but another edit room at the station had it...I think Grass sold it as a package with a Gateway 2000 PC.-Tom[/quote] Grass Valley bought Dubner in the very early 1990's, so yes, the Grass Valley paint system you saw was probably based on Dubner tech. My brother used that very system at WMC-TV in Memphis, TN. He spoke rather highly of it too. Another Dubner/Grass Valley product that lives on to this very day is Deko. I first saw Deko in 1994 at a Grass Valley booth at Promax. They originally had it running on DEC-Alpha hardware. Let's see... Dubner was sold to GVG. GVG sold it to a company that I think was called "Digital Graphics"... That was then bought up by Pinnacle Systems. Now Pinnacle is part of Avid. I guess the next logical step is for Avid to either merge with Autodesk or be bought by Microsoft or Apple. :O

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Scott S.
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[quote="TJPerkins"][quote="scottgfx"]1988 brought us our first electronic still store... a Dubner DSS-4 (awesome SS BTW)[/quote] Has anyone ever used the short-lived Grass Valley paint/still store program? I can't remember what it was called (not Dubner Paint, this one had nothing to do with Dubner as far as I know), but another edit room at the station had it...I think Grass sold it as a package with a Gateway 2000 PC. I was blown away by its functionality, and was told it was amazingly inexpensive...wonder why GVG abandonned it so quickly? Obviously it could never hold up against photoshop nowadays, but back then the main competition was Quantel, and anything that didn't cost $50-100 grand should have been more heavily promoted, IMHO. -Tom[/quote] Tom, was it the "GEKO"? Scott S.
TJPerkins
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[quote="scottgfx"]1988 brought us our first electronic still store... a Dubner DSS-4 (awesome SS BTW)[/quote] I totally agree...the edit room I worked in (in Vegas) had one of those. There was only a single-channel DVE (Microtime Impact), but I could fly in a logo over a background, grab a still in the Dubner, repeat these steps for several more logos, and it would look totally seemless (never once shifted), like I was using a twelve-channel DVE. Has anyone ever used the short-lived Grass Valley paint/still store program? I can't remember what it was called (not Dubner Paint, this one had nothing to do with Dubner as far as I know), but another edit room at the station had it...I think Grass sold it as a package with a Gateway 2000 PC. I was blown away by its functionality, and was told it was amazingly inexpensive...wonder why GVG abandonned it so quickly? Obviously it could never hold up against photoshop nowadays, but back then the main competition was Quantel, and anything that didn't cost $50-100 grand should have been more heavily promoted, IMHO. -Tom
Bill D
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[quote="scottgfx"]Some here may have seen these pics before, but this is the first time I've put them here in the Photo Links. http://homepage.mac.com/scottgfx/PhotoAlbum16.html http://homepage.mac.com/scottgfx/PhotoAlbum17.html My former boss at WBBH gave me a couple of boxes of slides that I finally scanned in and put online. Please feel free to email me and let me know who some of the people are. I worked at WBBH from 1988 to 1997, but I do not know some of the folks from the early 1980's and 1970's. I actually used the TCR-100 and the GVG-1600 for a short time. They were replaced in 1988-89 with a Odetics and a GVG-300. We also used the TCR as a still store. :O 1988 brought us our first electronic still store... a Dubner DSS-4 (awesome SS BTW) Scott[/quote] These are great, thanks for sharing :)