Steve Rutt

February 26, 1945 – May 20, 2011
Steven Alexander Rutt

Steve Rutt was a legendary video and digital media producer and inventor. He was born in Manhattan on Feb. 26, 1945, and spent his childhood in Great Neck, Long Island.

He was the founder of Rutt Video & Interactive, a Manhattan-based video post-production studio. There, he mentored and employed numbers of SVA students, alumni and faculty members for over three decades, and provided editing services for many famous musicians and filmmakers.

New York Times - Steve Rutt, an Inventor Behind Early Video Animation - May 27, 2011

A Tribute to Steve Rutt: Video Visionary at The School of Visual Arts - June 22, 2011

1972 - Steve Rutt & Bill Etra
Rutt/Etra Synthesizer

In 1972, along with Bill Etra, Steve created the Rutt/Etra Synthesizer, an early video animation synthesizer, which was used in the 1976 Academy Award winning movie Network, Network by Sidney Lumet.

The 19-by-40-inch box allowed users to create video animation and special effects by manipulating the video signal.

Steve Rutt & Bob Diamond
Video Repositioner

Steve went on to design and built multi-camera television studios and editing facilities for Fortune 500 companies including Sony, AT&T and American Express.

early photos
Pictured at a trade show with wife Rebecca McGriff Rutt
Steve Rutt - Early Years

rutt video photos
137 East 25th Street Facility
Rutt Video History

Circa 1975

Info Art