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Andrew Birt

HDTV / video / film engineer,  and writer

Current position:-

Senior Broadcast Engineer                
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey
United Kingdom
username: imageorthicon


High Definition Television

Video engineering

Cinema technologies - silver and electronic

Electronic circuit design (especially analogue)

Radio frequency and EMC techniques
              Early sound recording techniques

I have a historical collection of Berliner discs and Edison cylinders.
Image Orthicon and Plumbicon camera tubes
Early CinemaScope lenses


A very brief resume (full cv on bona-fide request )

2002 University of Surrey - Centre for Vision, Speech,
         and Signal Processing

1995 Aston Electronic Designs
1976 London Weekend Television / The London Studios
1972 BBC Engineering Information Service


Professional membership

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

Published articles and/or contributions

New Scientist
What Video?
Sunday Telegraph
Daily Mail
Electronics World
Radio Times
Danny Baker programme - BBC London 94.9
Private Eye
ZERB (Guild of Television Cameramen's magazine) 



 My recommended websites


In Chuck Pharis' own words 'Television, Radio and MORE!!'  His private collection of old TV studio cameras and artifacts are well illustrated on this website.


Martin Hart's website is a wealth of information about widescreen, colour, and sound techniques used within the feature film industry.

Films I never want to see again

Armageddon (1998 Bruce Willis etc.)
Lost Horizon (1973 musical version)
Oliver! (1968 musical)

Films I will always make time to see

On the Town (1949) Kind Hearts and Coronets   (1947)
White Heat (1949) I'm Alright Jack (1959)
The Big Sleep (1946) The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Singin' in the Rain (1952) Carry On Sergeant (1958)
Solid Serenade (1946) - Tom & Jerry
("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Bay-bee?")
Most Ealing films

Favourite quotes

"I want to share something with you; the three little sentences that will get you through life.
Number 1: Cover for me.
Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss!
Number 3: It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

"Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem." - Woody Allen

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." - Woody Allen

Contact:   a.birt@surrey.ac.uk

Last modified 12th July 2009