Our Story

How we started.

This section was prompted by the need to list our previous iterations and addresses for the benefit of search engines – we want you to be able to find us! And I am pleased if you have arrived as a result of using vague search terms.

An earlier name was:

Turnip Video Services, 193 Queens Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8BX.

Later we used the Mental Health Television name for the educational and academic productions.

Like Minds was a major project for us in the 1990s.

Cardinal Broadcast remains a useful banner for production, hire and commercial work.

It has been based at:

Bishops Lodge, Oakley Green, Windsor, Sl4 5UL

Bray Studios, Windsor, SL4 5UJ

and latterly Pinewood Studios, Iver Health, SL0 0NH.

Our contract there came to an end just as Covid hit. Since then, we have found that remote working can be very effective.

Life in Windsor.

It was here in the early 1990’s that we set up our first on-line edit suite.

Cardinal Broadcast premises in Windsor.
Welcome to Cardinal Broadcast in Windsor.

We started with an analogue Beta SP facility offering three machine editing. It was a great office set up and we quickly grew in size and personnel. We also offered camera hire.

Interior of edit suite
We had plenty of space to offer a comfortable working environment.

In the foreground you can see the Aston Caption generator with the  monitor above the edit recorder. We started with the PVW series of machines controlled by a Sony BVE 600. For effects, we relied on an Ampex ADO 100.  The mixer was a complex Echo-lab. In truth, none of these were intuitive to use.

Detail of the edit suite at Cardinal Broadcast.
We had an Amiga for effects – whatever happened to them?

On this side you can see the SP U-matic machine, a player with slow-motion and the main source machine. the Echo-lab mixer control panel is set into the desk. It is worth remembering that this was a component analogue suite and the wiring was formidable. The Soundcraft mixer could be controlled from the BVE 600.

Detail view of edit suite at Cardinal Broadcast.
No flat screens yet.

It may seem had to imagine now that all this was required to edit a programme. But it soon grew and we were one of the first independent facilities to offer three machine Digi-beta editing. It was a busy time and often edits over-run but in those days that could be awkward if we had bookings back to back. We also had Beta SX editing on site, which although technically very successful was never as popular. Perhaps you may remember the portable edit pair machines that Sony offered  which were very useful for a cuts-only edits and of course were cost-effective.

Non linear editing was beginning to be practical by the turn of the millennium and eventually the demand for high-end tape based editing faded away. Although these days format transfer and capture means tape machines remain in demand.

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