VTR Controller

A friend of mine sent me a link to a particularly steamy VTR Controller and, while impressed with the craftsmanship of this cash register looking item, was confused as to what the heck a VTR is in the first place. And thus, so was I.

At the recently past NAB Conference, the people at HiTecSys had this on display:

So, I did some digging and discovered that a VTR Controller is a tool broadcasters use to control videotape machines. It’s a professional piece of equipment, which is why it took me a while to even figure out what at VTR is at all. Why it is in the Steampunk aesthetic is completely beyond me, but hey, it’s fully functional and absolutely gorgeous.