Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Great Hernias in Broadcast History


I don't know what bothers me more, the toxic sheen of that truck's dish, Clark Kent's action-slacks or the fact that the robot humping that poor photog was once referred to as a MINI-cam. Mini-fridge maybe ... I've seen moon suits with fewer accoutrements. Sure it was emerging techology at the time, but there's nothing revolutionary about a hernia draped in coax cable and polyester. It makes me wonder what all those old film guys thought when their sleek little handheld cams were replaced with heavy jetpacks that woudn't fly. Slather the whole thing in old school logos and you have all the ingredients of a gimped-up renaissance. No wonder so many fled for higher ground. Me, I'm just glad I came of broadcast age when I did - for even the old school gear I schlepped the first few years can't beat the bulk of said get-up. Why, it's all enough to make this increasingly crotchety cameraman to stop bitchin' about his back. Almost.

5 comments:

Chris said...

AWESOME, please post a link to a high resolution picture. I want to make a poster.

Colin Mulvany said...

I guess the video camera you use today would be called a "babycam" back in their day:)

Anonymous said...

Gees, I started in video in 1970, when the tape deck was so large, it came with a cart and was reel-to-reel, but even that doesnt compare to this nightmare! I can see it now, you pull up to the road block and mister cop-wannabe tells you to leave your news car here and you have to walk the last 1/2 mile into the fire scene...with that 150 pounds of gear on you...at 85 degrees...and you get there...with out having a heartattack...and your one and only battery is dead!

Mainstreetmarshall said...

That would be great if you could post a link to a higher resolution pic of that. I have got to put that up on the board at the station!

Anonymous said...

Hey...I competed AGAINST that station. They had the V-cam and livetruck and we were beaten them with 16mm film and CP-16s. Our guys could drive like (ooops...sorry officer)...