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Colin Broad AMPSEquipment Designer

Full Member / Fellow

Fellowship Citation

The Council of the Association of Motion Picture Sound is pleased to award Fellowship of the Association to Colin Broad.

Colin is well known among the film and TV fraternity internationally, for designing and building his famous range of ‘Broad Boxes’. In the early days, these were predominantly customised interfaces to solve a diverse variety of problems in the area of machine and system control as the film industry moved to non-film recording and reproduction media. Almost all the UK Film Dubbing Theatres use one or more of Colin’s specialist devices for synchronisation, including Timecode in auxiliary data over ISDN connections.

CB Electronics now builds and installs a comprehensive range of ‘off the shelf’ units. Video Streamers, for generating electronic picture cues, Virtual Master Machine Control Units, Timecode Gearboxes and large timecode and footage counter displays. In short, Colin has provided a solution to just about every interface problem encountered since our industry exploded from sprocketed film and tape to an all digital environment.

In 1984, Colin received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the design and development of the EDL ‘Lister’, which creates an encoded timecode track and database during the initial transfer of the production sound rushes.

Also that year, Colin was awarded the Phil Berkley Award by the BKSTS for his work with control equipment used in Video Post Production.

He has still found time to serve on the AMPS Council continuously since 1998, and look after our finances as Hon.Treasurer since 2004.

For his technical contributions to our working practices, his services to the running of AMPS and for being the gentle amiable giant we all know, he is awarded a Fellowship of The Association of Motion Picture Sound.

The Council of the Association of Motion Picture Sound

07 February 2010


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