Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

A Happy New 2022 to all my readers, I have had a wee break. This is me back in 1986 when I was a mere 26 years old working for Clyde Cable Vision.

We had various positions eg. I was a video editor, sound man and the odd studio camera man. During 1986 a dear friend of mine passed away, James Sanderson a lovely gem of a man who was a sports journalist and did some work with the local radio station, Radio Clyde.

Don’t dare to come on the phone lines after a football match and admit you “Couldn’t make todays game” as he hated armchair fans as he called them. He was a very outspoken sports commentator and you either loved or hated him.

I was lucky to know Jimmy as he was known on the radio, a lovely family man with a warming smile to all his work mates. His vices were football and boxing.

I was in the edit suite when the news of Jimmy’s death came in and told my boss that I had exclusive footage of Jimmy at Hampden park on the phone lines after the game. I had worked for Clyde electronics a subsidiary of Radio Clyde and we were all in the same building at Anderston Cross centre in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

My day job was a electronics draftsman and I often stayed after work to get some tuition on the various sound kit used in Radio Clyde. In those days a radio station was manned by a technical operator 24/7 so there was always someone to teach me how various bits of kit worked.

Clyde Cable Vision was a local cable operator working out of the old Daily Record building.

I brought my VHS footage in and we were sent to interview the Sports producer Paul Cooney about Jimmys death. We used a Hitachi Z31 was a 3 tube camera onto a Sony Hi-Band U-Matic arm breaking portable video recorder. I have just unearthed a VHS copy of the footage and passed it through Topaz Video Enhance AI upscaling SD footage to HD.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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