Editing area used by Synapse

This is where editing took place for the Synapse Visiting Artists Program.  This was the corner in the Master Control Room of the TV studio at the S. I. Newhouse School of Communications at SU.  The people at Newhouse took a dim view of the video freak rebels who made up Synapse (my tribe).  So you can imagine what a coup it was when Synapse got the grant money that could pay the School for access to make art with visiting artists.  The actual hands-on was still controlled by the engineering staff but the lunatics controlled the asylum 😉

To the right on the counter I see the lower-format machines like the the 1/2″ reel-to-reel and 3/4″ U-Matic decks that would have been the format that the indie folk shot on.  Editing was done on the big broadcast machines – using 2″ tape on the Ampex 1200s.  On the rack to the left would have been the all important CVS Digital Time Base Corrector.  This box changed the whole game (circa early 70s) and made it possible for indies to shoot and make video that could air on television.  The lower budget Sony machines had mechanisms that were too shaky to deliver the precise broadcast (timebase) spec.  So the TBC magically took the shaky signal and usually could made it rock solid, ready to air.  The first people I remember pioneering this path to television were TVTV (aka Top Value Television).

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video editor & director
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