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Video Recorder, The / The Radio Set

Synopsis
Tim Hunkin humorously explains the workings of some familiar machines. His technique is to present the scientific principles and show how the machines evolved by using demonstrations and animated cartoon sequences.
1: Follows the evolution of the video recorder from the first Ampex recorders of 1956 and the German military recorder that inspired Ampex’s work, to today’s domestic machines. Shows their mechanical and electronic ingenuity and some of their defects.
2: The story of the radio set, demonstrating early experiments around 100 years ago and explaining how early problems were overcome. Shows the BBC’s first transmitter, early crystal sets and how the crystals worked, and how modern radios still have germanium diodes, which are enclosed versions of crystals. Looks at the principles and advantages of FM radio transmission.
Series
Secret Life of Machines, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 52 min.
Year of production
1990
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £14.99 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
Broadcast on C4 on 12/2/91 and 5/2/91.
Subjects
Technology
Keywords
radio; videotape recording systems

Credits

Director
Nigel Maslin
Producer
Elizabeth Queenan
Writer
Tim Hunkin
Cast
Rex Garrod 
Tim Hunkin 

Sections

Title
Video recorder, The
Synopsis
1: Follows the evolution of the video recorder from the first Ampex recorders of 1956 and the German military recorder that inspired Ampex's work, to today's domestic machines. Shows their mechanical and electronic ingenuity and some of their defects.

Title
Radiio set, The
Synopsis
2: The story of the radio set, demonstrating early experiments around 100 years ago and explaining how early problems were overcome. Shows the BBC's first transmitter, early crystal sets and how the crystals worked, and how modern radios still have german

Production Company

Name

Artifax Productions

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

Name

Team Video Productions

Email
admin@team-video.co.uk
Web
http://www.team-video.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8960 5536
Fax
020 8960 9784
Address
PO Box 38194
London
W10 5WZ
Notes
Producer and distributor of DVD-based teaching packs for schools and colleges that aim to stimulate discussion on issues in areas including citizenship, religious education, critical thinking, energy and environment, and careers/work experience.

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