SONY DXC-1600
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Cyndy Green shoots a forest fire in Shingle Springs, California using a Sony DXC-1600 camcorder. She is tied to the massive record deck and camera control unit with an umbilical cord, the latter two located in the van below since they were too heavy to carry. KXTV was the first television station in the country to go all ENG literally overnight in March of 1976. Cameramen were given a short workshop when they arrived at work and sent on their way to cover the news. The learning curve was steep...the images not as clean as the 16mm film used before tape...but editing was more steamlined. Rumor had it that the savings in using tape (which was used multiple times) vs. film (one time use plus processing) paid for the gear in months.

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