Quantel DPB 7001 Paintbox 1981

The Quantel Paintbox is a dedicated computer graphics workstation for composition of broadcast television video and graphics. Produced by the now-defunct British production equipment manufacturer Quantel, its design emphasized the studio workflow efficiency required for live news production. At a price of about $150,000 per unit (equivalent to $369,000 in 2019), they were used primarily by large TV networks such as NBC, while in the UK, Peter Claridge’s company CAL Videographics was the first commercial company to purchase one.

Following its initial launch in 1981, the Paintbox revolutionised the production of television graphics.

Quantel Paintbox training video, 1994


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