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The Amazing RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc & Players
Grantley and Charis with some RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc
The RCA SelectaVision system is better known as a vinyl (CED)
The remarkable RCA invention of the Capacitance Electronic Disc took a long time to make it to the public. The RCA SelectaVision system is better known as a vinyl (CED) Disc; this disc was a remarkable designed system that was a state of the art analog video disc that was a playback system that was developed and created by RCA. With this system the video and audio could be played back on a television console using a special diamond needle, and a very detailed, and fine high-density groove system similar to the long playing phonograph records.
The Shining is being played on a SelectaVision Video Disc player.
The RCA Selectavision Video Disc was first Conceived in the 1964
The RCA Selectavision was first conceived in the year 1964, the vinyl CED system was widely believed to be a technological success. The vinyl RCA Selectavision Capacitance Electronic Disc was able to greatly increase the core density and life of what we know as the long-playing know as the (LP) vinyl record. The RCA Selectavision increaste the amount of sound and data a vinyl LP disc could hold by well over two orders of magnitude. Despite this achievement, the RCA Selectavision CED system was plagued with victim very poor planning, and countless corporate conflicts within the RCA Company planning department.
The Amazing RCA Selectavision Capacitance Electronic Discs
- CED Magic - The RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc Web Site
This web site provides extensive information on Capacitance Electronic Discs or CED's, a consumer video format marketed by RCA as the SelectaVision VideoDisc System in the 1980's.
Charis is holding Casablanca, a nice RCA SelectaVision Movies
Zenith Selectavision, Playing Star Trek the Motion Picture, CED RCA Selectavision
Playing, CED, RCA, Star Trek the Motion Picture, Selectavision
Zenith Selectavision Player, Playing Star Trek the Motion Picture
"Star Trek the Motion Picture" Played on a Zenith Selectavision
Casablanca CED being played on a very rare Zenith Selectavision
Was the RCA Selectavision, made Obsolete by The Laser Disc
The RCA Selectavision video disc had many technical difficulties that tragically stalled production of the system for over 17 years from 1964 until 1981. By the time RCA Selectavision and its line of video discs were released the system was almost already made obsolete by invention of the laser videodisc system, which was better known in that era as the DiscoVision, or LaserVision. Also in this era the new boys on the block the Betamax and VHS videocassette formats were battling for first place in the consumer hearts.
Three RCA Selectavision Players Repaired and Working like New.
Sadly in 1984 RCA Stopped the Production of the Selectavision's
RCA Selectavision video disc sales for the system were close to projected estimates. Tragically in the year 1984, the company discontinued Selectavision video disc player production, this occurred a few weeks before RCA was complete absorbed by her new owner General Electric. Then to add insult to injury RCA discontinuing Selectavision video disc software production in 1986, This action cost the company an estimated $600 million in future sales.
A Classic, Treasure Island, on a RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc
Amazing, the RCA SelectaVision Video Disc Dealer Introduction
RCA Selectavision Video Disc was also known as Carbon Disc
The format of the RCA Selectavision video disc was referred to as "video disc", This for many years and still even today has leading to much confusion with the contemporaneous Laser Disc formats. The true Laser Discs are read optically with a very specially designed laser beam, whereas the RCA Selectavision are carbon base CED video discs. Just very advanced LP's based on vinyl and detailed groves. The Selectavisions are read physically, with a remarkable diamond stylus that is very similar to a conventional long playing gramophone record needle. These are two very different in concept systems, and are also mutually incompatible. The RCA Selectavision reads the video disc with a fine diamond stylus, and the other a fine beam of laser light that reads the disc.
Grantley Waters Repairing another RCA Selectavision Disc Player
RCA Video Discs were made of multi-layered of a Vinyl Substrate
The first true RCA "SelectaVision" CED prototype discs were made of multi-layered, that consisting of a vinyl substrate, with nickel conductive layer, with a remarkably glow-discharge insulating layer and well placed silicone lubricant on the top layer. It took many months of trail and error to fully solve the problem of the stylus and disc wear, and the many layers of disc complexity forced the manufacturing research department at RCA to search for simpler solutions to the problem for simpler constructing the vidoe disc.
Grantley Repairing Another RCA Selectavision Disc Player
CED, Battlestar Galactica, Played on a Zenith Selectavision Player
RCA Selectavision Disc CED, Battlestar Galactica 1978
Part One RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc & a Zenith SelectaVision
RCA SelectaVision, Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"
The first RCA "SelectaVision" was ten minutes of "Get Smart"
The RCA Company began its extensive investment in videodisc research in the year 1964. This was at first for the attempt to produce a video image by using phonograph-like method of reproducing from embedded groves in the vinyl record video images from movies. The first development team at the RCA Laboratories was originally only comprised four men. In the early years the research and development was slow at the RCA laboratories in the development of the video discs. But by they year 1973 many major hurtles had been pasted and the RCA "SelectaVision" CED team at the RCA laboratories had produced a remarkable sound and vision disc capable of holding well over ten minutes of rich details, and held beautiful color in the first video disc they pressed. This was a ground breaking event. The first "SelectaVision" CED was of a portion of the the made for TV show "Get Smart" from the extremely funny television episode of that show that is titled "Lum Fong" …
RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc & a Zenith Selectavision Player
RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc Walt Disney's "The Black Hole"
The "SelectaVision" Disc was crafted using an Complex PVC
After a great deal of research, trial and error, and years of work, the final RCA "SelectaVision" disc was crafted using a remarkable complex PVC blended with carbon to allow the disc to be very conductive. The research team at RCA found a good lubricant that was a very long lasting and durable way to lubricant the video disc; and it was because even today has kept these discs working great and without issues.
RCA Selectavision CED, For Your Eyes Only, Played on a Zenith
Roger Moore, For Your Eyes Only, RCA, CED, Selectavision Disc
Played on a Zenith Selectavision, For Your Eyes Only, RCA, CED
The Pirate, Played on a Zenith Selectavision, 1980 Quasar TV
Bright Blue, RCA SelectaVision Video Disc "Totally Go-Go's!"
Key Largo, RCA Videodisc, being played on a Zenith Selectavision
The RCA "SelectaVision" CED Videodiscs Protective Case
The RCA "SelectaVision" CED videodiscs at first were to be sold in cardboard and paper dust jackets much like Long Playing records of that era. They would have been handled by hand similar to audio records. However, the RCA technicians during testing of the disc found that the exposure to dust and the touch of human hands caused issues like skipped grooves, when the disc would be played. It was found that if even a small amount of dust or dust partials settle on the video discs through repeated handing, then the dust partials would absorb the the small amount of moisture from the surrounding air, and then over time the dust would bond to the disc fragile surface causing a lump in the groves. This over time would causing the diamond stylus to jump back off track or even in the locked groove position. Therefore, the technicians came with the solution to this problem with the development of a protective case in which the disc would be stored, and could be handled in a caddy from which the "SelectaVision" CED would be removed by the player so that exposure to dust would be minimized so no harm would come to the disc over time.