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Old 08 November 2018, 00:54   #1
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Amiga Megademo template, created on 1983 technology costing US$3m :-)

Totally fascinated by this..

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A demo showreel for the Quantel Mirage system, intended for TV broadcast professionals (in the PAL market) back in 1985. The NewTek Amiga-based Video Toaster would later replicate much of what you see here for the NTSC market many years later, but I'm astonished at how it sets the template for all of those classic Amiga Megademos.

There's a text screen bragging about each upcoming effect (much of which I don't understand since ich spreche kein deutsch but presumably omitting the casual swearing that became a thing in Amiga demos) followed by vector cubes, spinning bobs, SCALA-style manipulation of frame-grabbed video and at the end a Paranoimia-style forced perspective spinning font thing...

Just wanted to share for the sake of nostalgia. Here in the UK, we were starved of the sort of effects used by broadcasters in France and Germany; a spinning Channel 4 logo was the best use of CGI we got to see for many years. I was always blown away by the TV pres in other countries while on holiday. I don't know who made the first Amiga Megademo (TCC for RSI, Vortex 42, Silents?) but surely the coder was influenced by this very video... discuss!

But anyway, sit it out and about halfway through you'll see what I mean :-)

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Old 08 November 2018, 09:15   #2
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Hi Mark,

Great finding mate. I was unaware of that demo

it also reminds me of the demo VHS tape from TSL by Balle and Kyd.

Wish I have $3M back then.
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TF1 (french TV channel 1) used an A3000 for long years to make their presentations and inter advertisement screen animations.
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Old 28 November 2018, 22:20   #4
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Always loved this TF1 closedown/fermeture, surely not Amiga related though? ;-)

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I remember buying Caligari2 to a french professional designer that was using Amigas to render 3D anims for FR3 (french TV channel 3) : he show me a 3D anim for a yacht race showing boats on the atlantic map for Thalassa (TV show about sea). At this moment (circa 1995-98) he was switching to PC "because Amiga was now to slow" so selling his softwares even if "the Amiga can still troubleshoot in some cases".
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Man, that TF1 closedown was a thrill when I was young.

And there are the firstfruits of the state of the art demo.
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Always loved this TF1 closedown/fermeture, surely not Amiga related though? ;-)

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Yes they did it on Amiga And it's not the only one !
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