- Linotron 1010
The Linotron is a very early CRT exposure machine. It creates a page (not just a line) of text at one time. Using a film grid of characters, it can create up to 1,000 characters per second.
The film starts with a great animated sequence showing the speed of change and the overwhelming mass of communication. The Linotron 1010 is a CRT machine in three parts; the control unit, the character generator, and the output/display unit. It no longer uses tape input, but now uses magnetic tape from computers.
- Linotron 505
Featuring the cathode-ray tube Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting. Although this is a film machine, the input is still controlled by perforated tape.
The film features many line diagrams on how the CRT machine works and exposes the characters onto paper or film. It goes into depth about the optical grid system of characters on glass plates.
The ability to photographically create “fake” italics is possible for the first time and the facilities that create the grids are shown in detail. The film ends with an aerial view of the Mergenthaler (a division of Eltra) production plant in Long Island, New York.