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marija
Saturday 5th April 2003
2:15 pm U.K.

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I search for friend he is serbian from town valjevo.His name is Nenad(I gave him nick name toljaga).I nead help to fin him

Steve Cox
Friday 4th April 2003
12:42 pm U.K.

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I used to work on UMatics. In my spare time I edited my family's collection of cine films onto three UMatic masters.It was a real labour of love but the masters looked great. I have a VHS copy to watch but I would dearly love to copy the Masters onto digital.I am looking for some kind soul (or hard-nosed business) in the London/Essex area with a UMatic player who could put the masters on miniDV (or I could bring my camcorder round to hook up to record them).Of course, I'm happy to pay for the priviledge.RegardsSteve Cox

Rein Oosterling
Thursday 3rd April 2003
7:33 am U.K.

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Welcome

Aussie Dave
Tuesday 1st April 2003
12:50 pm U.K.

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Well, i just found out what the tracking knob is for. Der! (im a newbie)

now playback of a Recorded DVD yeilds a picture so clear that most would assume it's comming straight from the DVD player!

Very, Very happy!I'll no longer be collecting betamax equipment, I'm now a U-matic convert.

Aussie Dave
Tuesday 1st April 2003
10:20 am U.K.

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Have received a 60 minute tape for my vo-5630 to try it out.

works well. but, apon recording a few things to try it out, ive got occasional white specs flying across the screen, and recording off a low quality source, i have ghosting to the left hand of any bright colours on blacks.

From high quality source its not there, however, in some colours there are waves, just like when a tv is very slightly not tuned into a channel correctly. very strange considering im using AV leads all the way.

does it sound like all the caps have dried out and need replacing ?

Trevor Austin
Tuesday 1st April 2003
10:01 am U.K.

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I have a problem with a BVU 800 and wonder if anyone knows where I can obtain a manual for these machines.

The reason for the request is that the tape puller, on the BVU 800, has started to stop its travel before it starts to operate the ring which takes the tape around the video drum. However sometimes the ring is operated but does not complete its cycle. The result is that the machine cannot be used at the moment although everything apart form that still appears to be OK.

Thanks for any assistance or suggestions anyone feels able to give.

Pete G
Friday 28th March 2003
2:01 pm U.K.

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***WARNING, VidPEOPLE***Hi,. . Please be aware, that its a good idea to obfuscate / mix up your email adress on here, as it (along with most ANY other page on the internet with unencrypted email add's) is getting trawled for SPAM adresses eg:- (just received from Russian Matchmakers)

According to Law 675/96 we comunicate as follows: we have found your e-mailnavigating through the network which made it public : in "http://www.chat-page.com/umatic/archive_00.html".

Whilst I'm here, maybe I should menntion that I've got a fair old pile of parts for VO-5 series lowbands (and maybe a few others..) if you can figure out my email that is !

Pete...Gas Electronics N. Lonodn

PS can I plug my band, can I can I please ?? http://www.durannestene.com

Charlie in Atlanta GA USA
Friday 28th March 2003
3:24 am U.K.

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Hi all! I recently bought a great Umatic player; the VP-5040 with full System Select (NTSC/PAL/SECAM).... it's working great BUT I want to be sure I keep it running well.

Does anyone out there have a SERVICE MANUAL and/or an OPERATING MANUAL to share or sell? I've not had much luck here in the US finding a vendor of these; even Sony doesn't list this model... must have been an imported deck.

Please let em know if you have a manual for it -or- know where I should look! Thanks,

- Charlie[ [email protected] ]

Steve Magee
Wednesday 26th March 2003
12:02 am U.K.

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I have a DXC-325 camera with a studio back, well two actually, I c74 shotgun mic. For some reason If I plug headphones in I am unable to monitor the camera audio. Has anyone any ideas.

Cheers

Steve

Steve Magee
Tuesday 25th March 2003
11:58 pm U.K.

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Looking for reasonably price CCU-M3P in the UKThanks

Steve

Melissa
Tuesday 25th March 2003
7:35 pm U.K.

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I have a U-Matic machine (Sony model VP-5020) which does not have a Standby button, but has a Standby light. The Standby light is on & all the functions of the machine are frozen. Any idea on how to get the machine off of Standby (and/or how it was put on Standby)? Thank you!

matthias
Monday 24th March 2003
10:00 pm U.K.

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i recently purchased a used sony bvu-150p unit. it perfectly took the tape and everything but when i tried to remove it the silly machine did not open. now the slack lamp is blinking and i simply cant remove the tape neither does the tape move in the machine.... what can i do?

mike marshall
Sunday 23rd March 2003
1:17 am U.K.

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I have for sale 3 new Panasonic IFP-45 interface adapter boxes which allow you to use a sony RM440 or 450 edit controller with Panasonic 45 pin protocal VCR's. They run on 9 volts from a DC plugpack so can be used worldwide.If any one is interested I am in Sydney ,Australia. They weigh about 750 grams and are not expensive to freight. Mike.

Ulf
Thursday 20th March 2003
10:36 am U.K.

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HalloI have a Panasonic WV-V3E Camera and i will use it with an Rekorder Sony BVU150SP.When i connect the Camera with the Rekorder he dosn't take the signal(run/stop)from the Camera.With the JVC Rekorder it go's verry well.Has anybody an idea why it dosn't work.Thanks for answerUlf

Bruce
Thursday 20th March 2003
1:24 am U.K.

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I am at Stanford U. and they have in the Special Collections 60 hours of Avant-Guarde modern dance from Japan (butoh) from the late 60's and 70's. Its on Umatic. (if there are various kinds, then I don't know which kind since I don't know much about umatic.) Unfortunately, Stanford doesn't have a machine and wants to charge me 300 dollars a tape to transfer the stuff over to VHS. So I am looking for other options, and one I considered is buying a machine myself and donating it to them so they would let me look at the stuff. Alternatively, maybe I could buy a machine and donate it to them so that they could do the VHS transfer in-house. So my two questions: What do umatic machines cost? (I noticed several postings on this page asking people to make offers, but i haven't any idea what to offer.) And is it easy or quite difficult to use a machine either for play-back or for transfering data to a VHS machine?

Best,

Bruce

Sergio
Tuesday 18th March 2003
3:12 pm U.K.

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Hi U-matic fans,

Here you want to visit the videorecorder U-matic: http://bidouille.dyndns.org/~bruno/U_matic.htm

U-matic is the best in the world also Betacam!

Ok.Sergio

Gijs Kreukniet
Monday 17th March 2003
10:51 pm U.K.

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HELP!! I am looking for a SONY BVU 950P recorder (TBC and TC) Thank you,Gijs from Holland

robmassey
Thursday 13th March 2003
6:30 pm U.K.

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Does anybody know how to check the hours on BVU-150 ?

We have a BVU-150 w/TC and a BVU-900 w/TC & TBC for sale.Both are NTSCUS 617-923-4646

Thanks !

Young Collector of all sorts of junk
Wednesday 12th March 2003
9:36 pm U.K.

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Any questions regarding the following, just ask! Please, no junk.NOTHING FOR SALE!!!

JVC BY110 col vid camSONY AVCE3250CESONY UMATIC VO1810 UKSONY UMATIC VO5630 FERROGRAPH 5ACOOMBRE SCHOOLS MODEL R2R WITH BSR TAPE DECKHACKER GP42FERGUSON VIDEOSTAR 3A## VHS TOPLOADER!!!JVC BRS525EJVC BRS411EJVC SAT411EJVC BRS811EJVC RMG810U

Maria McHugh
Wednesday 12th March 2003
2:05 pm U.K.

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We have a Sony 5850P U-Matic recorder for sale. Unit has had very little use, and is in excellent condition. We are based in the Manchester area if you want to come along and test the unit, and we are looking for reasonable offers.

Maria McHugh Legend Productions

Derek Smith
Tuesday 11th March 2003
7:47 pm U.K.

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I know its not u-matic but can anyone help with the transfer of Sony half inch shot on a Portapak years ago to a viewable format - preferably VHS. Any help or pointers gratefully received.

roger
Tuesday 11th March 2003
1:12 am U.K.

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I recently bought a bvu 110 porta recorder witch has two problems:at tape end/begin the recorder doesn't stop when ff/rewinding andwhen in stop mode the video head starts spinning like crazyAnyone knows this problem , or better the solution ?

tedw
Monday 10th March 2003
6:47 pm U.K.

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Does anyone know where I can find a new or used DPS TBC-II? (This also goes by the model designation "VT -3000 ".)

Any help would be *most* appreciated!!!

Rein Oosterling
Friday 7th March 2003
6:58 pm U.K.

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Ramon, are you using the 9-pin RS422 remote on the BVU?

habibi
Friday 7th March 2003
8:53 am U.K.

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Please, send me the servicemanual from these machinepanasonic faxmachine model kx-fm131 & kx-f230

Rein Oosterling
Friday 7th March 2003
6:46 am U.K.

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Ramon, are you using the 9-pin RS-442 remote?

Ramon Caballero
Wednesday 5th March 2003
5:26 am U.K.

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I have 3/4inch editing since the 1980's when I working for MGM/UA advertising and publicity dept. That's were I started in 3/4. I have almost retired my BVU200B and two VO2860A with modified address trks. Now I purchased a used BVU850SP and also a VO9800 and will now use my Covergence ECS104 and a ECS85. I have one big problem, the timer counter on the front panel of BVU850 will not count control track unless the switch is set to "Local" and not to remote. Of course, if I can't use the remote setting for my editor I can't make any edits - EDL is not listing any numbers. If I hit reset nothing happens while in the "remote" position. If I switch to "Local" the panel counter will start moving and I can "zero" set. Does anyone have any suggestions.

David Bonner
Monday 3rd March 2003
8:05 pm U.K.

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Hello: We are looking to control a VO-7630 by computer- RS232. Actually the control would be by an AMX system...the spec says that control by computer can be with BKU-701 or"external computer" Do we need BKU-701...? or can someone lead us to protocol for this deck? Sony has not helped. thanks,

David (Boston)

wamyc
Monday 3rd March 2003
4:31 pm U.K.

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Hello Bonjour

To sold A vendre SONY UMATIC SP VO-9600P Faire Offre Materiel sur region parisienne Departement 78

Andy
Monday 3rd March 2003
10:24 am U.K.

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For sale one Sony VO8800P hi band SP portable recorder in very good condition.Low usage comes with kangaroo bag £ 200 or nearest offer.

wills102
Sunday 2nd March 2003
12:59 am U.K.

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v0-5800h, for sale. seems to be in good condition. in san francisco area. send message by email. i tried to use, but was to compex for me.

Kai Hoffmann
Saturday 1st March 2003
2:43 pm U.K.

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Pinnacle Prizmhi i m looking for the user s panel&keyboard and a diskdrive for a pinnacle prizm, if you sell a complete prizm where the prizm unit is defective, maybe we ll find a price for that.regardskai hoffmann, germany

Ulf
Thursday 27th February 2003
7:05 pm U.K.

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HalloCan give me someone an answer.Is it able to playback SP rekords from a BVU150 on an BVU800P in colour.Thanks for answerUlf

Sean
Thursday 27th February 2003
7:53 am U.K.

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Hello

Frank
Thursday 27th February 2003
6:10 am U.K.

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Hi,I was wondering if anybody could help me, I am new th the Umatic format & I have some questions. Can these Umatic decks like the( Sony Umatic VO-5600 VCR) be hooked up using RCA video & audio plugs, or a coaxail cable? How would I connect this deck?I do not have a Sony editing system.And what are the lengths of the videotapes? Example 1 hr, 2 hr?

thank you vety much.Frank [email protected]

Tudor
Wednesday 26th February 2003
4:38 pm U.K.

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hi all; i am interested in buying second hand pal sp umatic's; anyone interested let me know; also editing suites;thanks

Boutrolle
Tuesday 25th February 2003
4:04 pm U.K.

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HelloWe have some U matic machines for sale such as VP 9000 / VO 9800P / VO 9600 .If anyone interested let me know .

jake
Tuesday 25th February 2003
2:46 am U.K.

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Hi I just bought a used beta sp UVW-1800 70hrs and a PVW-2600 600hrs. I only need these machines to dub (nothing more). Did I make a good choice or I'm I losing picture quality compared to a set of PVW Series. Also how long can I wait till I have to service these machines based on the hours I described. Thanks to all in advance. (Real Rookie)

Matt
Monday 24th February 2003
4:17 pm U.K.

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Hi I have a lot of old kit which I am now selling

1x dxc-m7p with complete with lens, view finder, flight case and manual 1x dxc-3000p with lens view finder1x vo8800 hi band u-matic sp with kangaroo bag1x cma8 psu1x ccu-m3 camera control unit all the above is in good working order. Please email me for more information and prices.

Instel
Monday 24th February 2003
4:03 pm U.K.

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We have the following Umatic tapes surplus to requirements: QtyKCA-10 13KCA-20 40KCA-30 64KCA-60 2KCS-20 6

KSP-10 23KSP-S20 47

Any offers?

Instel
Monday 24th February 2003
3:59 pm U.K.

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We have the following Umatic tapes surplus to requirements:KCA-10 13KCA-20

nina
Monday 24th February 2003
12:53 pm U.K.

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Hi I just wanted to know what cables I would need to connect a VHS Player/recorder to a Umantic recorder. I want to be able to make reference tapes from VHS. Will I need a SCART?? Or other cables?Thanks in advance.

bloo
Monday 24th February 2003
11:48 am U.K.

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Hello,

I'm looking for a BVU-950P in very good condition with TBC and TC. Please make me offer.

Eugene Contella
Sunday 23rd February 2003
7:48 pm U.K.

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Hello, I just purchased a Panasonic AG-6500 VHS Editing Recorder and a Panasonic AG-6300 unit but would like some help if anyone has any knowledge or are familiar with these two units. Also, I am looking for the manual to either or both units, if anyone has one they are willing to sell or knows where I can find one can you please email me back at [email protected],Eugene

nicole
Saturday 22nd February 2003
8:27 pm U.K.

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any chattin around here?

Troy
Saturday 22nd February 2003
10:20 am U.K.

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Everyone.

Though this is not related to U-Matics I have to mention this as it's important.

My mate Doug in Victoria Australia whom has a collection of vintage video equipment is getting rid of three 2 inch Quad VTRs as he needs space for some LMS machines. As there's virtually no marketing in 2 inch VTRs he's going to get them destroyed for scrap metal unless someone is willing to take them off his hands. The 2 inch VTRs are: RCA TR-61, RCA TR-70 and an Ampex AVR-2 all in PAL format. These are very few remaining 2 inch quad VTRs left in Australia.

Anyhow I was wondering if anyone here is interested in these VTRs or know of anyone who is interested in them? If so then here's Doug's email address for you's to contact [email protected] . Also contact me too at [email protected] or [email protected] . I'll be asking around on various message boards and groups and emailing various video companies to see if I can find anyone who's interested as well as I desperately want to see these VTRs go to a good home instead of being bulldozed and used as scrap metal.

Lastly a few things to mention, the suitable environment for these machines would be a room with a tiled or carpeted floor and air conditioning is preferrable too especially in hot weather conditions. Also Doug uses 60 psi of absolute dry compressed air when operating these VTRs.

Troy

James
Friday 21st February 2003
5:55 pm U.K.

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WANTED: BKU-905 timecode card for BVU-900/920/950P series umatic vtr.

Matt Boney
Friday 21st February 2003
12:57 pm U.K.

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BVU-950 + T/C for sale good condition + BVT 500 TBC. Any Offers. Southern England

Freya
Friday 21st February 2003
1:15 am U.K.

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Probably you are right Rein!

It might have been useful on the portable recorders but I guess you can use a mixer in a studio anyway. Just wondered.

Rein Oosterling
Thursday 20th February 2003
7:02 pm U.K.

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Freya, I don't think there is a U-Matic with phantom power on the XLR connectors.

Nick Catania
Thursday 20th February 2003
1:29 pm U.K.

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Fabien, I had the same problem. Annoing isn't it??

Roland Pickett posted a mesaage on the top of this forum explaining how it can be done.

If for any chance it gets deleted this is what he said.

Roland Pickett said:"You can remove each reel table by undoing the single screw at the top of each one,be careful not to damage the brake bands,use a smidgeon (is that word in the dictionary?) of light oil on the spindles, and replace the reel tables and try again. Alternatively there are new reel tables in stock at http://www.umatic.icom43.net."

Nick Catania
Thursday 20th February 2003
1:22 pm U.K.

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Rein, same here on PAL.

I like learning new things. I'm very interested in how the three formats (NTSC-PAL-Secam)differ. Most people in the U.S aren't very knowledgable about PAL and Secam, especially when it comes to the 3/4" format. That's probably why I am here!

Maybe we should all discuss the differences??

Freya
Wednesday 19th February 2003
4:55 pm U.K.

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Some of the Umatic machines have balanced XLR's.Do any of them provide phantom power? (48v)

Fabien
Wednesday 19th February 2003
1:25 pm U.K.

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Hi everybody,

Someone could help me and tell me tne best way to access the reel table on the VO 5800. I would like to put some oil in it cause the noise.

Thank you.

Andie
Tuesday 18th February 2003
2:00 pm U.K.

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I am looking for a small supply of 14-pin male and female chassis connectors - the type that will mate to the 14-pin to 14-pin cables for Sony cameras. Any help appreciated.

Andie

Ren Stahn
Tuesday 18th February 2003
1:45 pm U.K.

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I am looking for a users manual/instruction guide for the Sennheiser md 421 microphone.Can anyone help me??Ren - Netherlands

Rein Oosterling
Tuesday 18th February 2003
6:38 am U.K.

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Nick, I don't know much about the NTSC models. What I know is what I read on this forum and in the Service manuals.

Nick Catania
Monday 17th February 2003
3:54 pm U.K.

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Aussie Dave,

Try this place. http://www.bhphotovideo.com

They sometimes have to special order some tapes but are reliable. I use them for my production work.

Aussie Dave
Monday 17th February 2003
4:31 am U.K.

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Hello all.

I've been given a Sony V0-5630 new old stock machine, was a spare, and never used, powers up, but i have nothing to try in it! Sony in australia have since stopped selling U-matic tapes. Everyone here is going/gone over to Betacam. Anyone know where i can get some new tapes for this beast? Either here or via mail order... Thanks.

Ted
Monday 17th February 2003
2:06 am U.K.

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Wow!Quite a huge amount of information compiled here!Here goes-I am faced w/the integration of a legacy VO5800 into a new city gov't system here in CA (US). I would like to use the Y/C-688 dub output of the machine, but need to convert it to Y/C-3.58 (US) so it will play nice w/the S-video input on the TBC. Anyone know of a commercially available converter? NTSC or PAL (he asked, praying that the company would make both flavors)?Thanks in advance!

JAE
Sunday 16th February 2003
6:51 pm U.K.

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I have 2 U-Matic vo-5850p One of them is in good working order.The other One of them the Mechanism is damaged but could be repaired.They are both currently on ebay for open bids starting at a reserve price of£100.00 Dont realy know much about these machines i would like to know more just out of interest.

JAE

Roland Pickett
Sunday 16th February 2003
12:35 pm U.K.

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Nick, I may be over-ruled on this, but as far as I am aware (regarding composite systems at anyrate) there is no such thing as Hiband NTSC. This will explain why the tapes recorded on NTSC VO machines will playback on NTSC BVU machines and vice-versa. In Europe the situation is not quite so simple and just to add to the confusion we have Secam high and low band also.

Gareth
Sunday 16th February 2003
10:39 am U.K.

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This whole LB-HB-SP thing is making me confused too.

I have a pile of 164 cassettes that I'm trying to identify!Well at leased I can pick out the SP cassettes now, just need to find a way to spot the 'BRS' and 'XBR' tapes.

Also Has anyone seen/used/heard of "SONY KCA(s)-xxK" e.g. KCS-30K U-Matic tape?

I have several of these but I can't find anything about them on the web. They have a yellow band on the case label. If it helps to give a time frame the other other casssttes are colour coded:Orange band=KSP, Copper band=XBR, Green band=BRS.

And while I'm here I'll ask my other question again.Does anyone have schematics for focus and zoom remote lense controllers?I have a fujinon VCL-1012BY, with the standard 8 pin and 3 pin connectors.Failing that does anyone have pinouts at leased for these connectors?

Thanks very much.

Gareth :-D o

Nick Catania
Sunday 16th February 2003
6:04 am U.K.

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Very funny thing.... Rein, you had mentioned that the BVU950 was not able to playback lowband. It maybe different in NTSC because you can playback low band in the 950. All of this LB-HB-SP is making me confused!!! Of course I do live in the U.S so that would explain a lot.

agnete
Saturday 15th February 2003
7:03 pm U.K.

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Well...this is my simple problem...I have a jvc vhs player with a multibrand remote control, does anyone know how to set this to control a panasonic tv?

Rein Oosterling
Saturday 15th February 2003
6:46 pm U.K.

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Gareth,

I don't know. I expect that you won't notice any difference. This is something I am alsointerested in. If I can find the time I will check this out.

Gareth
Saturday 15th February 2003
10:22 am U.K.

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Thanks very much.

So now I have method of finding the SP cassettes. If there really is no difference between the LB and HB cassettes then it will be a bit tricky to sort out the BRS tape from the XBR tape.

Obviously the XBR is improved but how visually noticable would the results be if a LB cassette was used to record HB compared to a HB cassette being used?

Thanks Gareth :-D o

Rein Oosterling
Friday 14th February 2003
7:59 pm U.K.

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Many VCR's are able to playback and record more than one format. For instance the VO-9800 and 9850 are able to record high-band and SP and play-back low-band high-band and SP. The BVU-950 is not able to play back low-band. The quality of high-band and SP are allmost the same. SP is slightly better than high-band. The subcarrier frequency of low-band is 685 kHz and 924 kHz for high-band and SP. The Y carrier frequency for low-band is 3.8-5.4 MHz, for high-band 4.8-6.4MHz and for SP 5.6-7.2 MHz. You already spotted the detection holes in SP series cassettes. I am not a hundred percent sure but I believe there is no difference in low-band and high-band cassettes. I hope this answers your questions about compatibility.

Gareth
Friday 14th February 2003
2:46 pm U.K.

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Well all I know is that HB and SP use a differnt sub carrier frequency than LB.So it makes sense that an SP unit should not be able to record a LB signal that could be used in LB unit.I too would be interested to see what it does do though.

Once we get the gear delivered, I'll get my oscilliscope and waveform monitor out and have a play. ;-D

regardsGareth :-D o

Freya
Friday 14th February 2003
2:39 pm U.K.

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As I understand it, All tapes will play in all players but only in black and white!So you can play high band in a low band recorder but will only get black and white pictures. If you play the same tape in a high band machine you will get the images in colour tho.

Now an SP machine should play all 3 formats in colour.If there is already video recorded on the tape this might be a way of telling, however, I have no real idea what happens if you record on a low band tape in an sp machine. From other postings on this list, I understand you need a low band machine to record low band, so my feeling is that it won't record low band on a low band tape.

What it does do I would be interested to hear! :)I'm also curious about resoloution issues, presumably an sp tape played in low band will not only be black and white but a lower resolution also.

love

Freya

Gareth
Friday 14th February 2003
2:30 pm U.K.

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O.K. you may be onto something there...A quick comparrison if the half doezen cassettes I have at my place shows something.

When viewed from the rear with tape at the top, the three cassettes in the 'BRS' and 'K' boxes have two holes to the left of the safety button.Perhaps this denotes LB.

Two cassettes in the 'SP' and 1 in a 'XBR' box have an additional two holes, one above and one below the safety button.

This is looking hopefull.

Even if nobody knows anything about this, all we need is for someone who has a cassette of each format to compare the holes around the safety button to confirm our suspicions.

Any takers? It would be a great help and we would be very greatfull.

RegardsGareth :-D o

Freya
Friday 14th February 2003
2:29 pm U.K.

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Thanks Rein! :)

Gareth
Friday 14th February 2003
2:13 pm U.K.

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Hey no problem. :-D

I seem to remember reading somewhere, that one of the formats is partially compatible with another (perhaps LB to HB) but not with the thrid. (by this assumption SP)

If a LB tape worked in HB or SP equipment, you would not get HB or SP quality since those formats require the proper tape as it has a greater density of particles and probably some other features.

The 'notches' you mentioned would be just the type of thing we are looking for, do you or anyone else know anymore about this possibility?

regardsGareth :-D o

Freya
Friday 14th February 2003
1:55 pm U.K.

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Sorry just guessing really. Perhaps if you were to put the tapes in an sp recorder and record on them a little, and then play them on yr low or high band recorders for a second and see if they come out in colour or not?

This idea is based on the assumption that sp can record all formats and knows what the tape is somehow. It might only be able to play all fomats tho! ;)I seem to remember someone suggesting that there were notches on the tapes, so that the players can detect but asfaik the players just looked at the video and synced up!

I guess the big question here, is what would be the effect of using a low band tape in a high band recorder.

love

Freya

Gareth
Friday 14th February 2003
12:50 pm U.K.

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Hey Freya.

Unfortunaly the tape is likely to look very similar. Since the 'metal tape' just uses metal oxide particles, in the same way as LB tape. It is a back coating which is then sealed with polymer. So I don't think it looks that different.

As I mentioned the only possible 'pattern' we have is the color of the cassettes, but also as mentioned I'm very doubtfull that there is actualy any correlation between cassette color and tape format.

Hope fully somwone will be able to shed some light on this.

Gareth :-D o

Rein Oosterling
Thursday 13th February 2003
7:15 pm U.K.

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Freya,

Betacam and MII are not compatible. (Although some Panasonic camera's are designed to dock with betacam.) An example: I bought a Panasonic camera a few years ago, which was according to the salesman, dockable with Panasonic MII and Panasonic SVHS. It was only dockable with one or two older MII model VCR. The salesman probably also didn't know this? Panasonic changed connectors sometime in the past. What I want to say is that even staying with one brand doesn't guarantee compatibility. So check thorougly before you buy. This also goes for tripod plates and in a lesser extend portapack/camera connections. I am not sure but I believe that all connecting cables are available to connect different camera's to different portapacks. (These cables can be expensive).

Freya
Thursday 13th February 2003
6:00 pm U.K.

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Hiya Gareth! I would have thought that the low band tapes, being normal oxide type video tape would be more likely to be brown and the hi band and sp tapes would be silver. :)

Low band tapes should be more like VHS tape stock whereas, the higher band stuff is supposed to be of a more mettalic formulation.

I'm not at all sure what the difference in actual tapes would be between high band and SP and would be interested to hear! I though it was more to do with the recording format with high band and SP. Clearly this is not the case.

love

Freya

Gareth
Thursday 13th February 2003
4:56 pm U.K.

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Hey all.

Please does anyone have schematics for zoom and focus lense controllers suitable for use with my Fujinon VCL-1012BY?I'm loathed to resort to buying units for a high price when I know I could build them myself, if I understand more about their workings.

Also I have just aquired a huge bundle of SONY U-matic tapes.Several KSP, XBR and BRS series.I understand that KSP=SP XBR=HB and BRS=LB, but does anyone know of any distinguising features of the cassettes themselves? I have found tapes that are clearly 60 min (since its printed on the cassette) with a 20XBR label on it and in 20XBR case, this proves that the case and tape do not always correspond.This also throws into doubt whether the tapes are indeed the format we think they are.

My buddy thinks he has found a possible colour trend with the cassettes themselves.KSP=deep burgundy/brown, BRS=slate grey.I'm a not confident of this trend at all. Can anyone clarrify? Is there perhaphs a way to tell from the serial numbers?

Also, we have a bunch of SONY KCS-xxK/KCA-xxK (where xx is the length, 10,20,30...)I can't find anything about these anywhere. Can anyone tell me more about them? What format they were designed for?

Thanks very much.

Gareth :-D o

Freya
Thursday 13th February 2003
4:00 pm U.K.

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Anybody looking to sell a BVU800 reasonably cheaply?

I'm interested in playing with the monochrome mode.

Also does anyone know anything about JVC high band machines? Do they have a higher resolution mono mode like Sonys?

Lastly, what about the hospital designated machines. They default to monochrome, is their resolution higher than that of conventional umatic?

Freya
Wednesday 12th February 2003
10:00 pm U.K.

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Oops it mangled my list!

------------SP - No Mono Mode, same as colour resolution. 300 lines

Hi - 370 lines, special high band mono mode? 260 lines colour

Lo - 340 lines in Mono Mode, 250 Colour

Portable recorders have no mono mode.

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Does this seem right?

Freya
Wednesday 12th February 2003
9:58 pm U.K.

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More about the monochrome mode

I've been looking at the machine specifications for the machines on the palsite.

The SP machines seem to have less resolution than what I assume are high band machines with mono mode. Presumably as they have no mono mode as such?

Most curious however is the BVU800. I assume it is a missprint, as it claims to have 370 line colour and 260 lines mono. I assume it to be the other way around, however, I'm wondering if the figure of 370 is true for the BVU 800? It is a fair bit more than the other recorders with mono mode which only manage 340 lines. Perhaps this is because it is high band?

If so, my assumption would be the following:

SP - No Mono Mode, same as colour resolution. 300 linesHi - 370 lines, special high band mono mode? 260 lines colourLo - 340 lines in Mono Mode, 250 ColourPortable recorders have no mono mode.

The BVU800 is high band right?Does this sound right to anyone?

love

Freya

Freya
Wednesday 12th February 2003
9:03 pm U.K.

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Monochrome switch.

Right, apparently, umatic machines have a switch which makes the machine run in monochrome but increases the resolution. Is it only low band machines that have such a switch? If not, does flicking the switch on an sp model or a high band model, increase the resolution even further beyond the realms of the resolution that High band or even SP are normally capable of?

I assume this works by using colour area on the tape to store further video information?

Do the little portable recorders have such a switch?

What is the compatibility of such tapes? Given that any umatic machine is supposed to be able to play a tape in monochrome, Will they play on all 3 standards?

I'd love to hear more about this as the information I have so far is kind of vague.

love

Freya

Freya
Wednesday 12th February 2003
8:54 pm U.K.

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Lo, High or SP

I'm wondering which models of umatic are lo, hi, or sp?

For instance what is a vo5630? Often with the SP models it is quite easy to see the sp logo in photos.

Not so with high band, so I'm wondering if anyone can tell me which umatic machines are high band.

love

Freya

jon merritt
Tuesday 11th February 2003
3:06 pm U.K.

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does anyone know what the "auto-off" light means on a circa 1980's vp-2010 u-matic player? is it like the "dew" or moisture indicator on older machines? ---it prevents all functions except eject from working....

thanks

Jim
Tuesday 11th February 2003
10:25 am U.K.

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I Need ( Encoder and Pre-Amp Image Enhancer ) Boards For Sony DXC M7 Camera PAL

AVguy
Monday 10th February 2003
11:54 pm U.K.

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I have 5 Sony Umatic 3/4" decks for sale.....from the VP5000 player to the VO9800 SP record deck with shuttle......and a few in between. Who buys these decks.Would love to sell a few....all are NTSC versions.....based in Toronto.....will quote prices in Canadian $ (peso's)

Freya
Monday 10th February 2003
1:12 pm U.K.

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Panasonic F10

I'd like to know more about pro cameras, as I have never had the opportunity to play with one. Often when cameras are sold, people talk of them being dockable to different formats such as Betacam or MII etc. I was wondering if there was any kind of standard for this docking.

Now Umatic recorders don't dock right? They use little portapak type things. I'm wondering how much of a standard there is for this too! I mean can a panasonic F10 be connected to a Sony umatic portable recorder, or would you need a panasonic one?

Lastly tripods! Now pro cameras talk a lot of tripod plates. I have no real idea what they are like or how standard they might be. I assume you can't stick a camera like an F10 on top of a high street style camcorder tripod? Apart from the weight and the tiny top, I assume the actual interface is different?

Well if anyone cann answer these questions then that would be greatI I'd love to hear more about cameras that I might not know too! :)

love

Freya

Rein Oosterling
Saturday 8th February 2003
7:54 pm U.K.

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Berny, obscuring this burned-in area can take up a few days and you don't need to have the camera switched on.

Rein Oosterling
Saturday 8th February 2003
7:46 pm U.K.

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Berny, You can point the camera to a perfectly even illuminated white chart. Make sure that the reflected light has the right colour temperature of 3200 Kelvin or when you use the daylight filter on the camera 5600 Kelvin. Better, if possible use the camera. If the burned-in area (usualy the red tube) isn't too bad it will disappear very slowly.

Roland Pickett
Saturday 8th February 2003
2:15 pm U.K.

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Steve, I have got the male connectors (brand new) but no females. I have also got a 14 male to 14 female cable. What are you tring to connect the camera to? Since your mistake ( Name: Steve Magee Email: [email protected]) there will probably be a lack of equipment postings on this site!

David
Friday 7th February 2003
10:03 pm U.K.

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I have a vo5850 and some 5800's that are having sound problems. It records faint distorted audio. But plays back prerecorded material wonderfully.????

Steve Magee
Friday 7th February 2003
10:03 pm U.K.

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Hi All, I have a DXC-325 and I want to make a custom VTR lead. Does anyone know were I can get a 14 female "Q" connector in the UK.

(sorry I used the works email on the above post in error,this is my home address)Many Thanks

Steve

Steve Magee
Friday 7th February 2003
9:57 pm U.K.

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*** Q Connector *** Hi All, I have a DXC-325 and I want to make a custom VTR lead. Does anyone know were I can get a 14 female "Q" connector in the UK.

Many Thanks

Steve

eric
Thursday 6th February 2003
1:42 am U.K.

phoxetis@yahoo.com

Hello u-maticians,

I have a very nice (external TBC) for sale.It is a I.DEN IVT-9SP. It works perfecty in PAL, don't know about NTSC.It has composite/yc/component inputs and 1xcomposite 2xyc 2xcompn't dub-outputs.This page seems to have one too: http://www.rentcom.com/catalog/Video_Processing.html

Drop me a line if you are intrested.Might trade for other stuff, e.g. a Sennheiser ME-66/67 microphone.

Keep U-Matic going!Eric (Netherlands)

Berny
Tuesday 4th February 2003
8:47 pm U.K.

berny@gatestoparadise.net

Dear all,My question isn't U-Matic related. However, as there are a number of "video veterans" on this board, I hope to get some help. I purchased a JVC BY110 three tube camera on eBay. It seems that it has a slight burnin (hope this is the correct English word for it) on one of the tubes. I've noticed a small grey spot in the middle of the camera image. I've heard that there are some techniques to remove this spot without having to change the whole tube. Something like filming a particular colour or grey card for a couple of minutes. Anyway, I really hope someone is able to help me :-)Thanks a lot & greetings from Austria,

Berny.

Massimo Vincenzi
Monday 3rd February 2003
7:51 pm U.K.

m.vincenzi@videoproject.it

JVC PR-900E: I need help. The problem of my editing BVU videorecorder is this: just after inserted the tape, when I select play, or FF or RW or I use the jog/shuttle operation after a few seconds the VCR stops and I get the error code 72 which means "supply reel motor stops". At that point all controls except ERJECT are inoperative. Can anybody help me? Thank you

Neumann
Monday 3rd February 2003
5:29 pm U.K.

effi.neumann@yadvashem.org.il

Sorry to say but I'm a bit confused.I have a large video archive containing LB,HB, and SP formats, on the other hand I have 3 different VCR's BVU850P, BVU800P and VO 9850P can any of the following machines can play LB, or in another word which machine can play which format???

Thanks,Effi Neumann

ernest
Monday 3rd February 2003
5:02 pm U.K.

christmessage@aol.com

Hello,Does anyone has any information about JVC Profissional Camera JVC S-100 E PAL.I will love to have it.

Thanks

Ernest

ernest
Monday 3rd February 2003
5:00 pm U.K.

christmessage@aol.com

Hello,Does anyone have information about a JVC S-100E. It seems that even JVCompany doesn't have it.

Nick
Saturday 1st February 2003
6:56 am U.K.

betacatania@yahoo.com

Thanks Roland

I have been asking that question for a long time and couldn't find an answer. I'm glad I don't have to use earplugs when I rewind a tape anymore!! THANKS!!

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