LabGuy's World: Extinct Mullin /
Crosby Video Equipment
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||DECK: The Mullin-Crosby 1/2 inch, 3 channel,
fixed head, longitudinal video tape recorder deck. It used a tape speed
of 240 IPS! A color version was demonstrated in 1955. Unfortunately, the
whole thing was made obsolete by the Ampex Quad machine. Update!
(12/1/00) Mullin's first version of the VTR
was a 1 inch, 12 track machine first demonstrated in 1951. He used two
Ampex model 200's as the basis for the "Crosby Video" tape transport. A
very sad note: John T. (Jack) Mullin, the man who put Bing Crosby on
tape, died at the age of 85 on June 24, 1999. Source: SMPTE journal, Sept.
||Rack(s): The electronics racks dwarf the Mullin-Crosby
video tape recorder deck as well as the highly skilled operator. First
prototype was demonstrated in 1952, the final (color) model, just three
||Bing Crosby and a guest: Checking out the longitudinal
video recorder. Photo: Matt Patoray.
Last updated: January 09, 2005