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A slideshow of a small portion of arguably the largest collection of broadcasting equipment in the southern hemisphere
Like many public broadcasting organisations the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has gradually adopted digital technologies to create its wealth of content. But one ABC cameraman, Dennis Brennan, is aiming to preserve the national broadcaster's analogue history. In the last few years he has collected close to 800 pieces of recording equipment – from old clapper boards and set paraphernalia to original Amalgamated Wireless (A/Asia) Ltd marble encased carbon microphones and Moviola 16mm film editing machines. At the moment he has a small selection of the gear displayed at the ABC's Sydney headquarters but is hoping to have a large permanent display and encourages anyone with old ABC equipment to contact the station. In this slideshow we take a look at how the ABC has moved from the analogue mics and cameras to a fully digital environment using Panasonic's P2 platform and Final Cut Pro and Avid.