Photos by Ian Collins, no reproduction without permission.
VT editor, Ian Collins took photos of obsolete post-production kit before the 2004 auction of equipment when Pebble Mill was cleared prior to being demolished.
These photos are of a Sony Hi8 video recorder.
Hi8 was an 8mm video format, which had better resolution than the earlier Video8, but pre-dated the introduction of Digi8. It was an analogue format, and the ‘Hi’ stands for high-band, as opposed to low-band.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group:
John Duckmanton: ‘This machine is still in the bay at The Mailbox and is still used occasionally.’
Peter Poole: ‘I think it was sometimes used for ‘Midlands Today’. The reporter may have used it before the crew arrived.’