An offhand comment to my supervisor, questioning why we were pursuing the analog SVF when digital images would be much better, resulted in me having to conduct a print comparison test. We had access to digitally scanned images from the research labs. The image above was among them. Another one, I remember, was of a colorful baboon.
I was to record the image on all the video devices we had available, then connect the devices to the SV6500 printer via composite or RGB video connection and make a print on the printer. The SV6500 had a parallel digital interface so the digital file could be downloaded directly to the printer framestore without going through video conversion. This, I hypothesized would be the best print. And it was! The SVFloppy was by far the worse. The results of this test enboldened me to push for a switch to digital products ASAP. I would use my print comparison results to try and convince others on the team.