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



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.


oh yes, I forgot to mention my e-mail address in case you know a solution to my question underneath. It is; info@jeroenhuisman.com



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


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.


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.


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

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


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

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



Try these people:


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


require a cleaning tape for dvw 500p

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



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.



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.


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

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


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.


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;


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