Jonathan A. Jerome - Palo Alto CA
Frank D. Neu - Castro Valley CA
Geoffrey T. Faraghan - Oakland CA
McDonnell Douglas Corporation - Long Beach CA
TV playback apparatus and method for a record having track sets comprising video track analogs and a plurality of audio track analogs disposed between the video tracks. All tracks in a respective track set are sensed for playback by a movable reading head incorporating a combination of video and audio sensing elements and including tracking of homing elements flanking the video reading element. A track set switching signal is sensed from the audio signal by an audio reading element for a controller means which very quickly slews the reading head to roughly position the video reading element for next video track. Such video track is sensed by any reading element in the reading head and determined through a multiplexer and controller means. Reading head is further stepped as necessary until video track sensing element is reading video track as controller receives video signal through band pass filter video sensing element. Position adjustment further made by controller, only as necessary, responsive to respective signals by tracking elements.