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TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:24 pm

Hello everybody,

A few years ago we talked about making programms for NBTV, but this never occured. It's nice to save, repair, and make work old patrimonial unique pieces of technology, but only to display a testcard, or cropped 4/3, i was kinda disappointed and lost interest for a while.
But i was not very far; i was just in the next room, playing with analog electronic television :D

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More years ago, around 2009, with some friends, we made a web-tv, whose action was set in the past. We filmed in black and white etc… but we did not have real gear of that time. In early 2014 we decided to start this project like new.
We spent time to seek for old VCR and cameras, import them, restaure them, repair everything, and also learn how they work.
We also made programs. We value the programs because it's the only way to touch more people, and this gives a purpose to our stuff.

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Le télétexte, break through technology !

So, we are going to use, CCD and Trinitron™ ( tube ) cameras, 8mm and SvhsC camcorders ( for the outsides ), Svhs U-matic ( yes ) and maybe Video 2000 tapes for the VCRs; and almost everything we use are from this era.
( yes i know Svhs existed later but it's hard to get everything from that era )

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an U-matic that still works and will be used

Our web-tv first program is next week, but i have to warn you that this is not aimed at an international audience. Almost everything will be in standard French language, with no translation at all. So if you know French, good for you, but if you don't know, you can still appreciate the visual quality of analog tapes. Hence you are all interested in analog video i wanted to share this with you.
This will be Friday the 30th, in the evening at 9:30 PM Paris timezone ( CET ).

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For those who will watch the event, i will give you a bit of context.
As you know, in the mid 70's in Italy, there was a lot of small local tv stations. There was a huge freedom.
But in France this was not the case. Only a very very few pirate stations. All was very centralised and state owned. There was only 3 tv channels and not many radios. In 1981, there was a new left-wing government, wich allowed the pirate radios to be legalized. There was weird radios stations everywhere. But they never changed the law, and there was only 3 channels on tv until 1984.

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Our story is set in 1981, in a parallel universe, where the government allowed private channels.
An excentric italian investor, who got rich in household market and porn videotapes, get the right to create the 4th channel.
TV4 is born, and it's only goal is to make him richer while broadcasting the most stupid programs.

He also hired a crew of local journalists and made local stations.

:arrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-np3qvydFI

Everything is now ready for the first transmission, be there !
Let's watch analog video in action !

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Lowtone, aka Débranché, local journalist from rural area

:arrow: The official website

:arrow: Facebook

:arrow: Twitter

:arrow: Youtube ( live, Friday the 30th of october 2015, 9:30PM CET) :P

and a last more technical video

:arrow: Présentation de la régie
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby DrZarkov » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:04 am

This is a great idea, I can't wait to see you channel! :)
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:35 pm

hello, thanks for your comment

here are a few more videos before the live tonight at 9:30pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CSaDAA_uWI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBZ6sxAEE2Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM6f7R_Gi-0
yes it's a parody of top gear :mrgreen:

livestream here
http://tvquatre.fr/
or here,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpvUy2Qn50s
i will go by the name Débranché Lowtone on the chatroom
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby DrZarkov » Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:08 am

The livestream does not work in Germany, I will have to use Proxytube...
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:43 am

ah yes we had some reports from Germany, everything seems blocked there, so proxy is the only way
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby DrZarkov » Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:47 pm

I saw the programme, congratulations! The stream stopped about 3 or 4 times, and I had to restart it, but the Youtube Unblocker did a good job. My French is not that good to understand everything, so your show reminded me from time to time to "Channel 9" from "The Fast Show": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb5awdg ... EB908FAC89 :wink:
The programme itself was not that different from for example the start of RTL Plus here in Germany, they also started with a budget of 30 million DM in 1984, so it was indeed realistic to the start of private TV in central Europe as I can remember it.

I'm waiting for your next programme! Maybe you'll find some old tapes from Télé Gorgogne?
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:07 am

Thanks a lot :P
As for Gorgogne, seems that we lost the 2008 archives, but still have the 2009 ones; but i think they really need some remastering. Someone else was asking for them too. But there were lot of anachronisms in Gorgogne, and production was very very low budget. TV Quatre is way better for that matters.
I'm surpised, we got an article in German
http://www.wunschliste.de/tvnews/m/tv-quatre-retro-fernsehsender-nimmt-in-frankreich-betrieb-auf
very nice surprise :P

If you like to watch again the programm, we will upload this here, but sequence by sequence, from the VHS copy, so the quality will be less compressed compared to the Youtube copy
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbTkRVmkyBhUAay6hNnNZhg/videos

I don't know yet at wich rate we will do programs, but probably every 2 or 3 months
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby DrZarkov » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:02 am

Maybe it's not so surprising, because I wrote to www.retro-tv.de, a sister-site of Wunschliste.de :wink:
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:57 pm

Thanks a lot :P
seems we had viewers from Germany and even Switzerland, nice to know they liked the idea too
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:37 am

Soon…
TV 4, is back, the 29th of July, at 21:30 CET

:arrow: Live YouTube

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A whole event made with old style technology of the 80's : Trinicon video cameras, Umatic and VHS VCRs, analog mixboards, teletext, and more !

If you like analog video, you may like this program.

[disclaimer : almost everything would be in standard french language, no translation is provided. ]

Saturday night ! Be there :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jhkeE6kh6U
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Re: TV4, la télé-visionnaire !

Postby Lowtone » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:03 am

Don't forget, in a few hours, 21:30 CET

:arrow: Live YouTube

back to 1982 technology
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