Skip navigation

Technical Innovation

1956  
2" Quad Video Tape Released, Technical Innovation

2" Quadruplex Quad video tape format relaesed by the Ampex Corporation.

1949  
625 line TV system, Technical Innovation

The Post Master General (PMG) decides on the 625 line TV system for Australian television. Television brodcast licenses were not issued until 1956.

1956 5 November  
ABC First Television Broadcast, Technical Innovation

On 5 November 1956, the Australian Broadcasting Commission's television service ABN Channel 2 began transmission. Television was just months old in Australia with TCN-9, HSV-7 and GTV-9 having started in September. ABC television's opening ceremony was produced from an outside broadcast van parked on Kellett Street in Kings Cross, Sydney and...

1986  
Betacam SP Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

Betacam SP tape format is released by the Sony Corporation. This improvement of the Betacam format increased horizontal resolution considerably, and the new larger cassette tape was capable of recording 90 minutes of colour video. The SP stood for "Superior Performance", and it quickly became the industry standard for television and high-end...

1975  
BetaMax Video Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

The Sony Corporation releases the BetaMax tape format. The format was also known simply as Beta, and was developed as a consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape recording format released in Japan on May 10, 1975.

2006  
Blu Ray disc format launched, Technical Innovation

Blu Ray players were backwards compatible with the DVD and CD formats.

1986  
D-1 Video Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

D-1 was digital recording video standard introduced through the efforts of the SMPTE engineering committees. It began as a Sony and Bosch product, and was the first major professional digital video format. 

1988  
D-2 Video Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

The D-2 tape format was developed by Ampex and others working through a standards group of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). D-2 was a professional digital recording videocassette format introduced as a lower-cost alternative to the D-1 format.

1993  
Digital Betacam Video Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

Digital Betacam (commonly referred to as DigiBeta, D-Beta, DBC or simply Digi) was ldeveloped by Sony. It supersedes both Betacam and Betacam SP, while costing significantly less than the professional D-1 format.

1995  
DV Video Format Released, Technical Innovation

DV was a compressed standard definition digital video format lauched in 1995. DV equipment was generally significantly cheaper than previous digital video formats. Domestic and professional camcorders recorded this format onto magnetic tape cassettes either as a PAL or NTSC signal. Audio was recorded as uncompressed linear PCM.

1995  
DVD Format Released, Technical Innovation

The DVD (digital versatile disc) optical disc storage format was invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic in 1995. They provided high storage capacity and digital video playback on a disc of the same dimeonsionas as a Compact Disc (CD). DVD was seen as an inexpensive format to replace...

1969  
EIAJ Type Video Tape Released, Technical Innovation

Sony and other cmpanies release the EIAJ Type 1 open reel video tape format. The format offered black-and-white (and later colour) video recording and playback on 1/2" magnetic tape on a 7"-diameter open reel, with portable units using smaller 5"-diameter reels.

1979  
Fairlight CMI released, Technical Innovation

The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) is a digital sampling synthesizer. It was designed in 1979 by the founders of Fairlight, Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie, and based on a dual-6800 microprocessor computer designed by Tony Furse in Sydney, Australia. It rose to prominence in the early 1980s and competed...

1979  
Fairlight CMI released, Technical Innovation

The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) is a digital sampling synthesizer. It was designed in 1979 by the founders of Fairlight, Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie, and based on a dual-6800 microprocessor computer designed by Tony Furse in Sydney, Australia. It rose to prominence in the early 1980s and competed...

1984  
Fairlight CVI released, Technical Innovation

Fairlight (Sydney) releases the Computer Video Instrument (CVI). The CVI was used extensively by artists such as Jill Scott and Peter Callas, often in a pair (or more) cascading from one to the other. It had a small graphic tablet in the control panel but a larger one could be...

1934  
First experimental television broadcast in Australia, Technical Innovation

"In 1934 the Royal Society, a scientific body, sponsored the first regular (although experimental) 30-line Baird system television transmissions in Australia. T.M. Elliot and Dr Val McDowell conducted these experiments in Brisbane." source: http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/ahc/publications/commission/books...

1997  
HDCAM Video Format Released, Technical Innovation

HDCAM was the first High Definition video tape format available in Betacam form.

1987  
S-VHS Video Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

The S-VHS compact cassette tape format was developed and released by JVC and other companies. S-VHS was an improved version of the VHS standard for consumer-level analog recording videocassettes. JVC introduced the new standard in Japan with the HR-S7000 VCR, and in certain overseas markets soon afterward. It was also important in...

1971  
U-matic Video Tape Released, Technical Innovation

U-matic tape format released by Sony, JVC, Panasonic and other companies. Also known as Type E Helical Scan.

1976  
VHS Video Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

JVC/Panasonic release the VHS cassette tape format aimed squarely at the domestic market. Originally dubbed the Video Home System, the VHS system as it became known, is a consumer-level analog recording videotape-based cassette standard developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC).

1985  
Video 8 Tape Format Released, Technical Innovation

The 8mm video format was developed by Sony during the 1980s, to compete with other domestic video tape recording systems of the time (such as VHS-C and Betamax). The analogue video format was improved by successor Hi8 (analog video and analog audio but with provision for digital audio), and was...

1997  
Paranoid Poetry Generator, Josephine Starrs, Leon Cmielewski, Technical Innovation

....my computer is talking about me ..secret eye in the elevator .....people who sing in the street   The Paranoid Poetry Generator was a net.art piece which collected people‚Äôs paranoid episodes and generated haiku-like poems from them. The site was hosted by the Berlin Internationale Stadt in Germany and later...