AT&T 6300 Computer and VirtualVideo Producer Software

AT&T 6300 Computer and VirtualVideo Producer Software

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Debuting in June 1984, model 6300 was AT&T's first entry into IBM compatible computers. It was the low end of the AT&T computer line. The machine was built by Olivetti in Italy. In comparison to the IBM PC XT, which used an 8 bit, Intel 8088 chip running at 4.7 MHz, the 6300 used a 16 bit, Intel 8086 chip that ran at 8 MHz. Although the 6300 was a good machine in its class, AT&T did not follow it up, and within several years, the company abandoned the PC clone computer market.
This particular computer was used by computer multi-media pioneers Robert Morris and Trip Denton to create a digital multimedia authoring software, VirtualVideo Producer. Introduced in 1986—a year before hypercard—this software allowed users to produce multi-media shows with their PC and an image capture board. It is one of the first, if not the first, multi-media authoring system on the market. The presentations could incorporate images, video, text, and animations. Morris and Denton created a company, V_Graph to develop and market their product. The Smithsonian has a range of materials that document the early history of the firm. By the early 1990s, VirtualVideo Producer had matured and was bundled as Tempra with products from Creative Laboratories, Mathematica, and others. Over 300,000 copies were eventually distributed.
See related documentation and software 2004.3035.01-.06
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
American Telephone & Telegraph Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 15 in x 17 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 38.1 cm x 44.45 cm
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Credit Line
Robert Morris and Leet Denton
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National Museum of American History
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It is most curious that there is not more on the VirtualVideo software. Why not put in a picture of the packaging, for example? One would think the first multimedia software would rate top billing over a run-of-the-mill microcomputer. Seems odd.
Hello Rob Morris, Thanks for writing and for your great question. The Museum has documentation and software related to VirtualVideo, including disks containing VirtualVideo source code, but as of this writing (April 2021), many of these items are not yet photographed. Thanks to your inquiry, I added a note at the end of the description for this record (AT&T 6300 Computer and VirtualVideo Producer Software) to refer to objects numbered 2004.3035.01-.06 for related documentation.

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