My father-in-law is the original owner of this 1965 Fisher Ambassador VII stereo console. Unfortunately, it stopped working many years ago, long before I met my wife, and it has sat idle ever since. A few months ago, he asked me if I could get it working before Christmas. Not one to turn away from a challenge, I embraced this project and was successful.
Early in my career, I needed to learn about timecode, especially the differences between PAL, NTSC, drop frame, and non-drop frame. For some reason, I simply couldn’t grasp the difference between drop-frame and non-drop-frame. I couldn’t even find the reason why there was a difference. Eventually, after many questions and many hours of reading, I discovered that the key to understanding the difference was in learning the reason why both flavors exist.
That was over twenty years ago, and if you’re anything like I was and would like some clarification, keep reading.
Have you ever needed to convert timecode from one format to another, say NTSC Drop-Frame to PAL? Over the years, I have needed this on countless occasions. I finally broke down and created a webpage with a time code converter, which I’ve included on this website. Click here to go to that page and feel free to bookmark it.