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50 years on

Among the attendees at a reception to mark IBC’s 50th anniversary were two special guests. David MacGregor and Martin Salter both attended the 1967 convention – and every single IBC since.

David recalled that “in 1967 I was involved in launching EMI’s model 2001 colour camera. It took four men to lift it, and a rack of electronics to make it work. And, of course, it produced pictures which were not as good as you get from your mobile phone today.”

Martin agreed, pointing out the transformation that digital technology had brought to the storage of video. “A 1960s era video tape recorder weighed many hundreds of kilos and cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Now a single half-gram SD card can provide all of that same capability with much higher quality.”

Both men pointed to the transition to digital technology, accompanied by a move to software products, as the seminal change in the last 50 years.