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Barbara
Tuesday 22nd February 2011
6:09 am U.K.

wazbarbholmes@bigpond.com

Oops! Forgot to mention that I am in Brisbane, Australia.

Barbara
Tuesday 22nd February 2011
6:06 am U.K.

wazbarbholmes@bigpond.com

Hello everyone. This is the first time I have come to your site and chat page. I am here as we have a Sony Betamovie BMC-500P AF CCD (Auto Focus Charge Coupled Device). We do not know what to do with this unit. We do not use it and it is sitting in a carry bag with batteries and other specific equipment (and has been for many years). We are moving house and I would like to know if it would be useful to somebody. We also have a Toshiba Video Cassette Beta Recorder V-8700A four head rotary. Does anyone know if this would be useful also? Thanks.

Lauren
Wednesday 16th February 2011
2:18 am U.K.

sportysinger12@yahoo.com

Charlie what is the easiest way to get to that ic chip? Which screws do I need to remove. I have located the power supply but it seems like there is no good entrance to get to it.

Also there is a tape that is still stuck in my player. Do you have any advice on how to get it out?

Thanks!

Charlie
Monday 14th February 2011
11:10 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Lauren, The part your needin to replace doesn't really power anything . It merely controls the different voltages going to different areas of the various boards. Part of it is still ok while another part of it is no good.Thats why you have lights on the display but no power light or drum operation. I don't know where you looked for the part but I just saw it on the Union web site for $4.80 and it's a RCA (Thomson) brand.The best thing you can do to see what it looks like is to take the one out of your Beta. The part has nice clear lettering on the side, STK 5441. You can't miss it.

Lauren
Monday 14th February 2011
9:59 pm U.K.

sportysinger12@yahoo.com

Charlie,

I looked for that part and it looks like it is around 30.00. Do you know if there is a picture online that helps me locate that particular chip? I am still learning about those designs. So this part will help power the overall drum head? Sorry I am learning about the amazing 80's unit.

Thanks!

Lauren

Charlie
Sunday 13th February 2011
3:08 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Lauren, The part you need can purchased from Union Electronics in ILL.I order from them on line at www.unionel.com. Once at the site do a search for STK 5441 and it will take you to a listing. Scroll down until you find the part.It's listed as an IC and cost about five dollars.The replacement in the vcr power supply is easy ONCE you get the power supply out.The regulator is mounted on an aluminum heat sink.It must be un-soldered from the little circuit board first in order to remove the two screws that hold it to the heat sink.Once you get the power supply out you'll see the aluminum heat sink --- The little black regulator is under it. Make sure the vcr is unplugged before messin around the power supply. Also buy some de-soldering braid to remove the old solder. Good Luck!

Lauren
Sunday 13th February 2011
3:32 am U.K.

sportysinger12@yahoo.com

Charlie,

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly!! I double checked on the model number again and it is SL-HFR30. I found my dad's manual. I am trying so hard to surprise him for his birthday and convert all of our home videos to dvd/movie files.

Digging through the basement I found his old Betamax but now it is not playing correctly. I cannot even get the thing to make a sound. As I said the LCD screen lights up but it doesn't seem like the other side is getting power. The eject button does not work however all the other controls such as the play and fast forward button is showing on the lcd screen as it is working but no sound or click. I opened it up and checked the gears and they seem to be moving with me manually turning them. So I keep thinking it is the power.

I noticed you said a particular part. Where would I be able to find it?

Thank you!

Lauren

vav
Saturday 12th February 2011
6:07 pm U.K.

cvavrun@gmail.com

I recently acquired a sanyo betamovie vrc 100. The battery seems good, or at least holds some charge. I am able to eject and load a tape, but the cam won't spool the tape nor fully power up. I have tried plugging it in as well as just using bat power, but i only get a sporadic flicker of the LEDs including the caution light and a couple of clicks which the camera seems to do on its own [and the timing is random]. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Vav

pete
Saturday 12th February 2011
4:57 am U.K.

info@duplicationstation.com.au

Hi all,

My name is Pete & I run a video transfer company in Australia, named Duplication Station.

We have recently begun offering a service of cleaning betamax tapes.. If you have a tape with mildew on it, or one that keeps shedding & clogging your heads, we are able to get that cleaned up & the video transferred onto DVD or HDD.

Our process involves us disassembling the Beta tape & re-spooling it onto VHS spools & rehousing into a VHS shell. We than can run the tape through out wet type CleanerMate cleaning machine &/or one of our dry type RTI TapeChek machines, which use a sapphire burnishing blade to polish the tape surface. The tape is then re-spooled & transferred back into it's beta shell for transfer.

Results have been great. If anyone should need this service we'd be happy to help. We are located in Australia. If you google DuplicationStation.com.au you will find us & our contact details are on the site.

I do hope we haven't offended anyone by posting material of a commercial nature - I could find no such restriction in the guidelines..

Pete

doc judd
Friday 11th February 2011
9:04 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigponmd.com

Sorry Noel that should read southern advantage

doc judd
Friday 11th February 2011
8:56 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigponmd.com

Noel,southern ewlectrics also sell pal beta machines but they are very expensive eg 999.00

Roderick
Wednesday 9th February 2011
9:52 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

Linux,

No shortcuts here. You will need a U-matic player (not reader) and a PCM. Both show up on Ebay regularly. If you are near Sydney, Australia I can help you with a transfer.

Charlie
Wednesday 9th February 2011
5:26 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Lauren, I think there's a R missing from your model #. I think you have a SL-HFR30.If thats the case then it's a NTSC model and the voltage regulator in the power supply needs replaced.I THINK it's a STK 5441 and if your good with a soldering iron it's pretty easy to replace.Look for a small black rectangular thing with approxmately 16 small leads coming out of it. The part number is almost always printed on the part. Good luck.Charlie

Lauren
Wednesday 9th February 2011
2:20 pm U.K.

sportysinger12@yahoo.com

Hey everybody. I am trying to get my betamax to work. I have a SL-HF30 and everything seems to be working when it comes to LCD display. I will push play and it will show play. I can also adjust the time. However none of the mechanisms inside work. There is a tape that is stuck because my eject but will not work. None of the gears turn when I push play. However the lcd display recognizes the commands. On a side night the power button light does not work. It turns the display on but does not light up? Has anyone every had this problem? What part or parts do I start with?

Thank you!

linux
Wednesday 9th February 2011
10:15 am U.K.

cblince@gmail.com

Hi all! I have a u-matic cassette wich contains an audio master (two audio tracks) encoded in the video track with pcm format. i will buy a u-matic reader on ebay, but i know that i've to use a decoder from video to pcm. is there anyone that knows any other method to "translate" video in pcm? (eg: can i use a video aq device on a pc and decode the video with a software instead of stand alone machine?)thanks for all.Matteo

doc judd
Sunday 6th February 2011
9:46 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigponmd.com

Noel,the firm sells Beta video machines ithink they would only work in the good ol USA

Johnny Blaze
Sunday 6th February 2011
3:28 am U.K.

wolfpacleader1986@yahoo.com

Hi, new here to the Beta scene. Just picked up an SL-HFT7 Super Beta Theater. Does anyone here have this machine and if so, have any advice for a first time owner.

Also, where's a good place in the US to get Pre-Recorded Beta tapes? Obviously, I'm not talking about eBay. I mean a private seller.

Matt
Tuesday 1st February 2011
4:15 pm U.K.

matthew_churchett@hotmail.com

Does anyone have a spare RMT-216 remote control for the Sony C30?

Cheers, Matt

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 1st February 2011
8:11 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

If the lens assembly was dirty or had taken a hit then that would increase the friction also.

I just know the belt in mine was faulty because I changed one over from a faulty 200P to fix the otherwise good 200P. The tube was faulty in the spares machine.

cheers Noel

charlie
Tuesday 1st February 2011
3:15 am U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Robert, To address the second part of your question about the belts. I've never seen a 90 but I have a HFR 30 and70 in my collection and they both use Sonys very dependable cogged type belt. If it isn't broke then it'll work cause it can't slip. More and likely if you tape is loading slow then the loading motor itself is getting tiried.This motor does double duty as the cassette and the tape loading motor so it gets lots of wear and tear. They are very dependable also but they to can go bad. Good luckCharlie

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