BRITISH HERITAGE TELEVISION TRUST TESTS

This project is to re-rediate 405 Line TV on Ch 1 from Alexandra Palace - Eventually. You'll find a link to their discussion board under the Links section, this is just a page for tests.

But, please take a look and feed me advice and screen shots back! Be they off a PC Screen, 625 Line TV or through a Converter to 405.

The first one is from This Site.... Here
I know it's not exactly the sort of thing we'll be putting out, but I'd like some snaps off line. Especially 405. Blossom's my favourite... And it's in 4:3 format which helps matters somewhat.

RECEIVING THE TESTS AND IN THE FUTURE, THE PROGRAMMES!

It all depends on how far you wish to go. The simplest way is to view it on your computer. The first thing you need is your viewer. All the files are in Windows Video Format. So get a player that runs this - Windows Media Player is here - and install it. Then test it with the file above.

Now, you will be able to view other tests and programmes we provide.

To connect it to a telly, have a look at your PC. Does it have a S-Video socket and a Sound Card? If so, have a look in your PC Manual. You should see a section about TV sets and follow the instructions contained there. Your computer should now put video on the S-Video Port.

You can buy a set of leads for this job. If your TV has a scart socket, connect here and switch on. Hey - we're on your telly! If your TV hasn't got a SCART connector or an S-Video Port, don't worry. If it's got a compostite video port (A Phono Socket) then you need a composite video adaptor. These cost 5 from Maplin, or if you feel adventurous, you can make your own. Look Here. 5 QUID for that...

If your set only has a Tuner, don't worry here either. You can get Modulators to get round this problem, and if you have a video, you've already got one. Select Aux In, Camera or whatever it's called on your machine, and you're there.

405 Line sets require a little bit of extra work.

BUT, BEWARE. DON'T GET A 405 LINE OR DUAL STANDARD SET AND JUST PLUG IT IN. GET IT CHECKED OUT FIRST. BECAUSE IT WORKED IN 1972 DOES NOT MEAN IT'LL JUST PLUG IN AND WORK NOW. IT WON'T AND IF YOU'RE LUCKY, YOU'LL ONLY DAMAGE EASILY REPLACEABLE PARTS. OH, AND YOU MIGHT BE HURT TOO.

Now, for the really technologically advanced among you, and technologically advanced enough not to use Windows, then the FOTH-TV System could be for you. A LINUX based system beats windows in a lot of ways, and you can get loads of stuff a lot cheaper or free. And because LINUX gives you a lot more control, the PC can generate 405. See here for details.

The rest of us use a device called a Standards Converter and feed this into a Modulator. 405 Line TV was closed in January 1984, so we have to make our own. So we have our own converter units. These are by no means easy to produce, so we have to buy one. The one available now uses modern technology to take in Baseband 625 Video and squirt it out at 405. It's called the Aurora and it's available here. This one includes a Modulator as well, so you just select the channel, plug it in and away you go.



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