The fascinating history of Television and Video...!
From the earliest simple beginnings to the sophisticated medium that we know today... its history is a long and interesting one!
I'm sure that you'll agree that few things enrapture an audience more than pictures in motion... From the great epic motion pictures made in Hollywood to entertainment on your television or digital device screen to homemade videos of your kids birthday... people love to watch moving pictures with sound!
But... it's been Film...not Video... that has been the primary medium for motion pictures ever since Eadweard Muybridge first developed the Zoopraxiscope in 1879.
However... a revolution has taken place and video has now emerged as not only the wave of the future... But... is taking over the field of motion picture making and visual entertainment of all forms in the here and now !
So… How is it that Video... has now become "King"?...
Well... How about definitions 1 and 2? We take them for granted these days but... In the beginning... those were exactly the things that the early pioneers of video and television had to try and figure out how to do!! Well... They had to figure out...
That... was the problem those early pioneers wanted to solve…!
The problem of "how can we get a real-time remote view of a location from where we are?". How can we "be here" and "see" over "there"?
Well… Those were the questions... And at the turn of the 19th century several brilliant engineers started a quest to find the answer. Of course at the time…
But as we know today… it has been done and done brilliantly! That is what makes the history of television and video so interesting… So many things we use in our daily life revolves around this marvelous technology!
Since it is such a broad subject I'm not going to try to cover everything that has to do with the history of television and video in these articles but i'll try to give you an appreciation for the genius that it took to invent and find ways to use this wonderful medium and the stories about the people who did it.
It's a very interesting story indeed!
The real future of television and video rested in the hands of electrical engineers like Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton (1863-1930) who were looking for ways to build all-electronic video systems.
This was the Holy Grail of early video research…The finding of a way to build a workable all-electronic video system!
Campbell-Swinton first theorized an all-electronic video system in 1908 but at the time gave very few details, due to one small problem...
Much of the technology to actually build this type of system had not been formulated yet!
The theory he put forth however was so intensely interesting to many engineers that they started to work from his ideas on constructing an all-electronic video system.
* In 1911... he expanded on his 1908 proposal and set the stage for another leap in the formalization of video technology.
This time he would really fan the flames of this pursuit of an all-electronic video system!
He theorized that CRTs not only could be used as a receiver of images but they could also be modified to capture images as well.
He further theorized that the captured images could be turned into electrical signals that could be broadcast to another location.
The stage had been set and the race was on…!
Over the next twenty five years... Research teams led by brilliant electrical engineers and inventors such as: Philo Farnsworth, Kalman Tihanyi and Vladimir Zworykin... Just to name a few… Theorized, developed and patented fully working all-electronic television and video systems based on Campbell-Swinton's original vision! Television and video as we know it... was now beginning to be born...!
Be sure to read the articles here on this site about the history of television and video... They are the story of how these brilliant engineers and inventors created this wonderful communication medium that we depend upon and that we've grown so accustomed to!
The history of television and video is an interesting story… One that's fascinating to me… I hope you enjoy these articles about the early pioneers of television and video!
Their work has truly changed the world…!
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