Behind the Viewfinder

Throwback Thursday: CBC History

viewfinderIt takes a studio camera to “tell-a-vision.”  Back in the day, a camera operator was judged on how smoothly he/she could dolly the camera across the studio floor, or zoom the camera lens and hold focus at the same time throughout a shot . Before the arrival of the “smooth as silk” Vinten pedestals, it took finesse to maneuver heavy cameras that were mounted on tripods with wheels.

The studio camera operators and engineers continue to provide the picture perfect optical link between WRAL and the viewer.  Take a look at the old cameras dating back to the 1960s through the early 1990s:




Thanks to Bill Weinel, Clarence Williams, and Chuck Maye for their assistance in identifying the era and specific makes and models of the cameras.

Thanks to Corp’s Pam Allen for this capcom story. Pam Parris Allen is a former WRAL newscast producer/director who now works as a researcher and producer on the CBC History Project.

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