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Does the ACTV Test Pattern Look Familiar?

American Indian from original RCA Test pattern.

The new station ID on Alleghany Community Television might look a little familiar to you if you’re a little older, and it might look familiar if you’re a little younger- but, probably, for different reasons. We generated a “retro style” test pattern from the old, RCA pattern, found here, but enhanced it to fit a more modern 16:9 ratio.

We created the new graphic using Adobe Illustrator and based it on a public domain version we found online. That version, as well as the original from RCA, features a familiar American icon, the native-American, Indian Chief. According to Wikipedia, “The original art work was completed for RCA by an artist named Brooks on August 23, 1938.” The test pattern helped technicians to “fine-tune” sets for many years.

But we modified the drawing (a little) for display on ACTV. Intending no disrespect to our native-American ancestors, we’ve removed the model’s head-dress and added an Alleghany High Trojan Helmet.

Alleghany’s Trojan cousin at ACTV.

ISI has been working with ACTV to build animated videos for the station and its sponsors, using supplied art or the customer’s specifications.

Take a look at the new Station ID and see more in our online, video portfolio here.

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Imaging Specialists’ Trip to the Musuem

We’re shining a spotlight on the Alleghany Historical Museum! Since the Museum’s opening in 2009, a regular feature of the award-winning AHGS newsletter has been “What’s New Old at the Museum?” In preparing this feature, we’ve photographed items to include. The current newsletter only reaches members of the Society (membership’s only 10 bucks a year), and old newsletters are available online.

We wanted to expand on that feature and make the information available to even more folks. Watch the video below, over on YouTube, or catch it on Alleghany Community Television. ACTV will use the footage as filler between programs, so it will have a huge potential audience- currently around 5000 homes!

Contact us if you’re in need of commercial photography services.

(Sorry the animation’s a little choppy on YouTube!)