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Wednesday 29th March 2017
9:50 pm U.K.

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Melhor para postar perguntas em Inglês, não muitos Protugese é falado por aqui ....

O Google Tradutor é muito útil: https://translate.google.com

E a HF950 é uma máquina BetaMAX, não uma BetaCAM, a melhor para postar no fórum certo.

Edgar Oliveira
Wednesday 29th March 2017
5:35 pm U.K.

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Boa tarde.O meu Sony SL-HF950 morreu.Liga,mas só apresenta algumas funções atraves do leds acesos,não funciona o display e não abre a gaveta,e da ultima vez,abriu,e fechou sem mexer e mascou a fita toda da cassete.Terá acabado de vez? Preciso de ajuda!

Tuesday 14th March 2017
6:25 pm U.K.

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Parts for 2800 going cheap,don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Sunday 5th March 2017
2:33 am U.K.

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Have two working dvw500p,one with sp playback,the other without,fully working ,want to exchange for two working sx recorders,PAL only

Friday 24th February 2017
10:38 pm U.K.

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for disposal,2800 in pieces,offers

Tuesday 31st January 2017
5:58 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have any EPK's from older movies? Back in the 90's, I believe they were all on U-Matic or Betacam. Was looking to see if anyone had any leads on them.

Sunday 22nd January 2017
11:57 pm U.K.

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ps- the small size tapes I found are marked Sony BCT-90GL BETACAM

will this work in my BVW-40

sorry I forgot to post that question first time.

Sunday 22nd January 2017
11:35 pm U.K.

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hello all. very nice informative site you have here. hope it's ok to post ?

I've been into analog tape for 40 years. lately I'm buying old gear just to hear it.

the Betamax and Betacam format peaked my interest. I lucked into a Betamax w/stereo processor for only $20 USD.

my next experiment will be the early Betacam, the analog machines that use oxide tape, (not the SP and later format).

I know these early Betacam machines accept the standard small analog cassette with 30 minutes play time.

my question is, will a Betacam BVW-40 also accept a 12" large cassette ??

reason being I have found a small quantity of 12" tapes I'd like to try.

if anyone has one of these machines, could you post a reply ?

or, measure the depth and width of the tape well, and advise if it's configured to accept the large tape 90min.

thank all in advance, take care


Thursday 15th December 2016
10:43 pm U.K.

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Error code 01 means that there is tape slack and the machine went into tape protection.

Clean the whole threading path and make sure it can complete the cycle.

Peter Engberg
Wednesday 14th December 2016
4:06 pm U.K.

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Is there anyone who knows what Error code 01 means on an Ampex CVR-75 (= Sony BVW-75 )? And what to do?

Peter Engberg
Monday 14th November 2016
9:04 am U.K.

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I have the following up for sale: 1 AMPEX BETACAM SP CVR-75 Pal Recorder/player, in good working condition, and cosmetically great. With 2 Digital outputs besides all the others, composite, component etc. Bids accepted over 475 GBP.

1 THOMSON TTV-6575 BETACAM SP Pal Recorder/player, in good working condition. With 2 Digital Outputs besides all the others, composite, component etc. Bids accepted over 475 GBP.

1 SONY UVW-1600P, working condition, cosmetically good. Bids over 225 GBP accepted.

Thursday 29th September 2016
2:50 pm U.K.

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I'm currently looking to buy a Betacam cleaner - something along the lines of a RTI 4100 tape cleaner.

Does any one know of anything available.

Kindest Regards


Monday 15th August 2016
4:16 pm U.K.

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Hello, I have the SONY BVW-35P, is normal that in search and in pause change to B/W?

This happen with oxide and metal tapes recorded with this VCR and with metal tapes recorded with other VCR

Andrew Middleton
Saturday 30th July 2016
6:59 pm U.K.

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Is there any Betacam expert in the London/Enfield area willing to test

3 x Sony UVW 1800P


1 x Sony PVW 6000P

They all power up, but I don't know anything much about them.

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Happy to travel with decks for testing.



Tuesday 12th July 2016
7:01 pm U.K.

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I saw betacam large tapes in oxide version

Exist some video that record large oxide tapes?

Wednesday 1st June 2016
11:22 pm U.K.

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It is a familiar problem with the PVW-2800 powersupply. It can be a number of things so it is best to find someone near you to have a look at it.

They are getting to that age, I have a few with the same problem.

Tuesday 31st May 2016
1:02 pm U.K.

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oh yes, I forgot to mention my e-mail address in case you know a solution to my question underneath. It is; [email protected]



Tuesday 31st May 2016
11:26 am U.K.

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Hello everyone!

Me and a fellow artist want to "refurbish" an old Betacam SP shot documentary on sung poetry in the Pamir mountains, which is the eastern part of Tajikistan (Central Asia, former Soviet Union). We began the project in 1993 and somewhere in 1995 a programme was ready. Somehow, we always were unhappy about certain parts of the film, so now we decided to act in our private time, before it is too late, tape-wise.

Because there is no budget we found some generous people who gave us a PVW-2800P and an AJA-io to be able to digitize the approx. 45 tapes into Final Cut Pro.

Now, this is what happened; Although the Betacam Deck worked like a charm before it somehow broke down on me yesterday, after connecting it to the AJA. The AJA was connected via firewire with the Imac and and both put on. The 2800P was NOT powered on when I connected one of the component wires from the AJA to one of the out-sockets of the 2800P. To see whether there was some visuals I put the 2800P on, but the only thing that happened was a quick lit on of the VU meters, a short movement of the video-drum and a ''click'' in the power area of the machine. It does that ever since, unfortunately, also when I disconnect it from the AJA. So, it is not completely dead, but gives only a very short bumb of "life"...

I suggest that something happened with static electricity or something of the like. All machines were earthed though via the electricity socket. Since I would like to get it to work again I wonder what could have happened and also what I could do to solve it.

I hope someone of you has this understanding of Beta-tech and could help in any kind of way. My gratitude will be everlasting! :-)


Karl webb
Friday 8th April 2016
5:30 pm U.K.

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Hello peeps, trying to source a Sony DC-L1 adaptor. Any clue where I can find one ??? Thanks

Sunday 13th March 2016
8:22 pm U.K.

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Wanted,cleaning tape please,heads are difficult to clean.nr oxford,uk

Sunday 13th March 2016
8:20 pm U.K.

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to kate,what is wrong with tape,is it jammed?

Saturday 12th March 2016
10:14 pm U.K.

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Try these people:


They are in Burbank and specialise in 'difficult' tapes.

Thursday 10th March 2016
10:14 pm U.K.

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Hi. I have a keeper reel of my work from the late 90's on a Maxell Professional Betacam tape. I sent it, along with other cassettes of work, to a company to dub onto a dvd. They completed all of them except the one tape that had my last bit of network stuff -- some of my latest and best work. The cassette APPEARS pristine. Apparently, it woudln't work. As I said, it looks perfect and the tape has been sitting in a box since the late 90's. The other ones all worked.

Any thoughts where I could get this tape fixed and dubbed? Or fixed and dubbed somewhere else? I'm in the U.S. The tape is from CBS News originally. Thanks. K

Karl webb
Wednesday 2nd March 2016
9:19 am U.K.

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It's the plate at the bottom of the camera, in between the shoulder pad and rear connections plugs.

Matt Quinn
Monday 29th February 2016
1:40 pm U.K.

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The short answer to that is no... These are now very much 'vintage' cameras and as such obsolete. Parts would need to be obtained from a scrap unit.

By 'back panel' - you surely son't mean the connector panel?

Karl webb
Friday 26th February 2016
7:56 am U.K.

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Hi peeps, I have recently purchased a Sony UVW-100 eng camera. When it arrived, it was missing the bottom back panel, it's right next to the shoulder pad.

Is there a site that supplies parts for these cameras?

Saturday 20th February 2016
9:30 pm U.K.

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In response to the post below:

The old style hours meters will need to be completely replaced when the battery runs out.

But you have to ask yourself why you would bother unless you are fitting new heads?

The main purpose is to monitor headlife in a professional environment so that machines can be serviced before breaking down.

I have more BVW-75P 's than I care to count an none of them have working hours meters, they are still working absolutely fine.

Hope that helps,


Original post:

I have a sony BVW 75P and its working fine but the hours meter isn't displaying (due to age of back up battery I think)

Can anyone tell me if its possible to replace the battery supplying the hours meter and if so where it is located.

I have the sony service manual but its very skimpy on this and simply says replace meter/battery so

do you have to replace the whole meter unit or is there a battery on one of the boards?

Any help would be very appreciated



Karl webb
Sunday 7th February 2016
5:43 pm U.K.

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Hi Roderick,

Sadly I live in the United Kingdom.

I'm finding stuff on eBay, but not a lot :(

Sunday 7th February 2016
1:47 am U.K.

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require bottom board for dnw-a75p,and all the boards for a dnw a100p,also a dsr-dr1000ap

disk recorder,DV CAM MODEL.

Sunday 7th February 2016
1:35 am U.K.

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require a cleaning tape for dvw 500p

Thursday 21st January 2016
9:51 pm U.K.

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Generally speaking you'll find all what you are looking on Ebay.

It doesn't show where you live, I have a charger and batteries I could sell but am based in Sydney, postage probably prohibitive.

Karl webb
Wednesday 20th January 2016
1:12 pm U.K.

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Just purchased two Betacam SP format cameras

1 Sony DXC 537 with a PVV1 backend

2 Sony UVW 100

Can you advise me of where to find Batteries, rain covers and viewfinders.

Thanks :)

Sunday 10th January 2016
4:39 pm U.K.

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The Betacam chatpage is back, unfortunately recent posts have been lost.

Sunday 17th October 2010
10:02 am U.K.

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Link below corrupted, please see this one

http://www.electronic-visuals.com/WAVEFORM VECTOR/EV-4151spec.pdf

Sunday 17th October 2010
9:56 am U.K.

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Waveform vector monitor £295

Location: Greater London - Chingford E4

Description: Electronic Visuals EV-4151 Waveform / Vector Monitor in good condition, sharp beams and no burns on screen. Mains lead included.

The EV 4151 is a 6 input waveform monitor which is intended for use in TV and video systems where analogue component signals are present.

The inputs are arranged in two groups of 3 component signals though either may be used for composite signals as required.

Component signals may be RGB, Y (B-Y) (R-Y), etc... and the unit is compatible with both 625/50 and 525/60 systems.

Relative amplitude, timing and signal linearity can be easily established using readily available test signals, eg. colour bars, bowtie, staircase.

For full spec see here;


Sunday 17th October 2010
8:08 am U.K.

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Price is 1400 euro

Sunday 17th October 2010
8:06 am U.K.

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Hello,I am selling top class betacam camcorder. Its Sony Bvw– d600p camcorder with a lot of extras. I am third owner of this kit. And as previous owners mainained it very clean and safe I took good care of it as well. This camera was used to shoot in green screen studio. Technical specifications of this camera you can get here:



The previous owner made general maintenance and changed everything. And now camera‘s counter shows such hours:

A – 314 hrB – 157 hrC – 382 hr

If you have any doubts about camcorder, you must send me a question and I will try to answer it as soon as possible.

As I mentioned above camera comes with a lot of extras. It has two pag chargers. Pag micromaster and Pag Quasar, former is fully automatic charger with power output for camera, cable also is included. Cable is made by me ant not original, but as I worked in studio, I always used this power option to get rid off batteries. Batteries is also included two Paglok Superpacks which are old and not really usable( holds ten minutes or less) and one Paglok L95 battery which is used but holds very good. It also provides information about itself on digital screen. You will know how much it is charged, and then working it also show how long it will last. Next item is Portabrace shoulder case model sc-d600 you can find it on Portabrace webpage. With camera also comes books: Camera operation manual, and two volumes of service manual, so you will be completely equiped with all technical information you will ever need. I provide 4 new Maxel 30minutes length tapes and 26pin ccz cable to output component video. I used it to capture video in real time and didnt use recorder. Cable also is not original and made by me, so no warranty, but it is working perfectly. Everything will be packed in original flight case to ensure maximum safety of the camera. Flight case one side is a little rusty, but still looks and locks good.

Next Item is Chrozsiel mattebox and filter kit. Mattebox holds two filters, one rotating, one fixed. It is one from famous Chrozsiel matteboxes with adjustable trap. There is one French flap. Camera base is included and everything is packed in nice case. There are filters included:

Tiffen:Black pro – mist ½Black pro – mist 2Black pro – mist ¼Black pro – mist 1Coral ¼81 EF.

Lee filters:81D81BResin PolarSky blue 1 Grad softSky blue 2 Grad softSunset 1Sunset 2.3ND grad soft.6ND grad softCoral 1 grad soft

Everything is used but in top condition.Here is a list that you get:Camcorder( Fujinon lens, microphone with wind cover, battery adaptor for Pag batteries( original battery mount not included), memory card.Porta brace shoulder coverPag micromaster chargerPag Quasar chargerOne power cable for chargerTwo Pag superpack batteriesOne Pag L95 batteryOperational manualService manual volume 1Service manual volume 2Chroziel mattebox with camera mount16 Filters4 new maxel b-30m tapesCCz 26 pin to component video cablePower cable to feed power from quasar charger to camcorderFlight case for camcorderCase for mattebox

The package is heavy one


Tuesday 12th October 2010
4:33 pm U.K.

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Seekinj for a BVW-35p as for parts. Please, only offers from the South-Germany area!

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Tuesday 5th October 2010
2:49 pm U.K.

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I have a number of machines that I am interested in selling if anyone is interested.

Sony UVW 1600P @ £300.00 GBP

Sony BVW 75P £2,000.00 GBP

Sony PVW 2800P @£ 1,750.00 GBP,

Please let me know if you are interested in any of the above machines.

Call Chris on 01932 240305 or you can email me at [email protected]

Look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday 28th September 2010
2:03 pm U.K.

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I don't see a digital PAL page, so I'll try here.

Sony DSR 11. DVCam Recorder/Player deck.

I bought this new from Prestons in 2005. Its never been loaned or hired out.

Operation hours: 9. Drum hours: 4. THAT'S RIGHT, 4!Tape: 3.Thread: 18.

The original Sony PSU is here, remote, manual, fire wire,it's all here here, except the little tray Sony give you to stand it on its end in, why, I don't know,plus a box of 10 new tapes. It uses large or small tapes etc.I can deliver to your nearest main line railway station, oryou can collect from WF15 area. A snip at £400.00 This is a test, cash and collect deal, or I can deliver. NO P+P!! Email for more details or call 07722949935 or 01274864826Regards, John.

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