Viewing 1950s Color
Over 50 Years Later
Was
Never Twice the Same Color
Ever Once the
Right Color?
by Wayne E. Bretl
Copyright 2008

The over-all quality of the color rendition of early NTSC color TV was affected by many non-ideal factors. Nevertheless, amateurs, and experts alike, sometimes wax nostalgic about the impression received from early color shows.


This paper shows carefully calculated simulations of early color TV camera performance based on actual measurements of early cameras, including a dramatic improvement made by RCA between October and November of 1949. The results are adjusted to show properly, on a modern ("sRGB") computer monitor, what the color rendition would have looked like at the original developmental studios.


The first file is in document format with full explanatory text and compact illustrations; the second has full-size illustratioins for easy viewing.

1950S COLOR TV CAMERA PERFORMANCE

Viewing 1950s Color docx.pdf

TEXT & ILLUSTRATIONS

9MB

OCTOBER 1949 NTSC CAMERA

Viewing 1950s Color pptx.pdf

FULL-SIZE ILLUSTRATIONS

9 MB