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Very First Half-Inch Videotape Festival Ever, The
4 videocassette of 4 (ca. 240 min.) : sd., b&w ; 3/4 in.
4 videocassette of 4 (Betacam SP) (ca. 240 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
4 videocassette of 4 (VHS) (ca. 240 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (60 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (60 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
WGBH Educational Foundation
Connor, Russell (host)
"The Very First Half-Inch Videotape Festival Ever" was broadcast live from the WGBH studios in the early 1970's.
Includes four 3/4" tapes representing the complete live broadcast. Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies have been made from this. Also included are a Betacam SP preservation master and a VHS screening tape of a shortened 60-minute version of this work.
For this work video makers using the portapak were invited to bring their works into the WGBH studio, where the pieces were played back from and shot off of monitors. Host Russell Connors and others interviewed participants (including representatives of Top Value Television and a young Bill Viola) about their work. Television viewers were encouraged to call into the station with their comments and were given contact information for the participants. The work shown represents the explosion in the use of video after the invention of the portapak.
Video recordings -- Production and direction
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