Yeah this is totally my kind of jam.
I've now got a 1995 video switcher, two analog monitors, three VCRs, a tube camera from 1982, a 90s security camera, and a 90s handicam (total investment about $125 and a lot of waiting for stuff to show up free) so finally getting really in to this kind of stuff is my next project.
Nice. There's a guy around town who I know a little who is a video artist and was in some kind of production or development in the 80s and as things got obsolete they just gave it to him, so he's still doing all his work on a pair of late 80s SGI workstations that were about 2.2 million each when the company bought them new.
He's also the biggest computer hoarder I've ever met, because he runs the Rhode Island Computer Museum which is basically a giant industrial space full of old computers going back to the 50s - he even has 4 megabytes of hand-wired RAM from 1961 or 62, each meg is about the size of one of those BIG refrigerators with the built in icemakers, like a sub zero or something, except it's also 7 feet tall.
Anyhow anyone who's interested in 80s and 90s video art, stuff done before computers that could handle video were widely available (not counting Video Toaster, which was really a hardware switcher on a card with software control, and is sadly really expensive now because the vintage computer market has pushed working Amiga 4000s into the four figure range again, not counting monitors, Toaster hardware and all of the other stuff you'd need to have a working system) we are in the golden age of cheap video hardware right ow, nobody values this stuff yet but it's starting to get more and more momentum, so get it now while you can. I'm starting to see people play shows with 90s video mixers more lately and I hardly even go out to shows, so if I'm noticing it then it's well underway.
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