Friday, March 2, 2012

Blast from the Past - April 4th 1928

Motion pictures transmitted over telephone wires became a reality today. Ten feet of motion picture film showing a close-up of Miss Vilma Banky, famous screen star, smiling, talking with clearly marked movements of the lips were flashed 1000 miles from Chicago to New York by the telephotograph process and five hours later an accurate duplicate of the film was available for showing to a New York audience at the Embassy Theatre.

Continuous experimentation with telephone motion picture films over a period of years by the engineers of American Telephone and Telegraph Company, together with the co-operation, during the last three months, of technical experts of the United Artists Corporation, the film company which transmitted today's experimental motion picture has made possible today's success.

Miss Banky was caught by a motion picture camera at 10:30 o'clock this morning in Chicago en route to Los Angeles. By noon the film was being telephotographed to New York where it was developed and turned over to the film company within two hours time - a speed five times faster than Colonel Lindberg could have transmitted the film eastward and ten times more rapidly than it could have come on the Twentieth Century Limited. The chief use of telephotograph motion pictures is expected to be in connection with motion picture news release. The cost of transmission is reiatively low when compared with other means such as special trains and airplanes, used when speed is considered essential. Telephone Company officals estimate thirty feet of film of an important news event could be transmitted by telephotograph so as to be available to all parts of the United States for about $1000.

Read article here Telephone Movie Cable