Steve Rutt

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Steve Rutt
Steven Alexander Rutt

(1945-02-26)February 26, 1945
DiedMay 20, 2011(2011-05-20) (aged 66)
Spouse(s)Rebecca L. McGriff (one child, Victoria Mara Rutt)
Scientific career
Fieldsvideo animation, engineer. inventor, motion pictures, television
InstitutionsRutt Video & Interactive

Steven Alexander Rutt (February 26, 1945 – May 20, 2011) was an American engineer who in 1972, along with Bill Etra, co-created an early video animation synthesizer, the Rutt/Etra synthesizer. His equipment was used in the early pioneering synthesized animation for the 1976 Academy Award winning movie Network.[1]

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.

Steve Rutt was born in Manhattan on Feb. 26, 1945, and spent his childhood in Great Neck, Long Island. He is the father of Victoria Mara Rutt.

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Rutt died on May 20, 2011 in New York, New York of pancreatic cancer.


  1. ^ [1], Steve Rutt, an Inventor Behind Early Video Animation, Dies at 66.

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