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Thomas
Tuesday 18th January 2005
5:04 pm U.K.

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Hello all,

The American Social History Project is looking to backup all their old U - Matic tapes (which are like huge VHS tapes) onto DV's. We were using a old sony 5850 u - matic which has recently, died. We need a new one!

We would really appreciate it if someone could donate one for the continued production to help create educational media for the schools of NYC. It is a tax deductable donation to boot!

We all appreciate the help. Thank you, Thomas

Fernando
Tuesday 18th January 2005
12:16 am U.K.

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Hi:I need a viewfinder for my Sony Handycam CCD-V900E.Someone can help me?ThanksFernando

Roderick
Saturday 15th January 2005
10:46 pm U.K.

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John

I don't think you can modify a 850 to play low-band tapes.Your best bet would be to get a VO-9800 or 9850, these are relative new machines (when it comes to U-matic) and play all formats (low, high and SP). They pop up on eBay from time to time or you may be able to hire one.

Alternatively, try to get either low-band machine to work. In my experience it really helps to first clean the machine internally (heads, the whole tape path) to remove any dust and gunk to hampers the tape. Then leave the machine turned on for about one or two days. When in storage capacitators often dry up but if they are not too bad, prolonged power will get them back in service. Finally, find a tape you don't care about and play it several times, including regular stopping and ejecting.Effectively, the machines need a bit of 'morning' exercise to get up and running again.

Chris
Friday 14th January 2005
8:52 pm U.K.

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Hi just bought a Sony BVU800P - trouble is I can't tell a HiBand tape from a LowBand!!

I had a tape in the machine when I got it - which outputs monochrome only. also when I tried my old Umatic tapes (lowband) they came out monochrome as sort of expected.

Question - how can I tell a Hi Band tape?

Also does anyone have a Hiband recording on tape in colour that I could try please?/ my expense of course.

cheers Chris

Neil
Friday 14th January 2005
5:58 am U.K.

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Hi everyone,

I have a steady supply of PAL U-matic (and beta) stuff which I sell regularly on eBay. The trouble is, I'm no analog video expert so I don't know an awful lot about the different models.

I'm wondering if one of you kind souls can point me in the direction of (or supply me with) some basic blurb about the common models, including some specs, distinguishing features, known problem areas and maybe even ball-park values, so that I can improve my listings and avoid wasting my time on the lemons.

In return, I will certainly help where I can with parts, manuals or tapestock etc as it comes up, or I'm happy to negotiate a fee for the right info.

To give you an idea, some of the models I have dealt with recently are:

VO9600P, BVW60P, BVU150P, VO8800P, BVW60P, PVW2650P, BVW22P.

Any help would be greatly appreciated - remove all the w's from my email address to contact me.

Thanks in advance, Neil

Andie
Thursday 13th January 2005
9:37 am U.K.

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Will a tape recorded on a PAL miniDV camcorder play on an NTSC Camcorder?

John Egan
Wednesday 12th January 2005
2:06 pm U.K.

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Hi All

I have a mountain of lo-band U-matic to copy to DVD-R and my VP 5040 is too flaky to put original masters in. (all in store too long)I've managed to borrow a BVU-850 P (SP) and a VO - 5630 from a conact at the BBC (also in store too long)

The 5630 works grudgingly, but the 850 won't play lo-band in colour Do you know of a modification to get lo-band colour out of this SP machine.

thanks for your time

John EganRecording DeptRoyal Northern College of Music124 Oxford RoadManchester

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Gareth
Wednesday 12th January 2005
10:52 am U.K.

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Slightly of topic I know, but I hope you don't mind if I jump in.That last post got me thinking about manuals.If anyone has a service manual/schematic diagram for a COX 350 VTR Clock, I am in idre need of a copy. I need to build a keyboard for it(Because I have loads of parts and no money to buy one :) )so the schematic is essential.

If anyone can help I will be forever greatful!

Thanks all.

Gareth

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Tuesday 11th January 2005
8:04 pm U.K.

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Hello there - It's a longshot but does anyone out there happen to have the user manual for a GML Merlyn-X dual-channel TBC that they could either loan me to copy or part with for reasonable money?

All the best,Tom

James
Tuesday 11th January 2005
7:50 pm U.K.

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Hello, message for Jonathan ([email protected]), i have tried emailing re the equipment your selling but the email bounces back to me. Please let me know when you put this on ebay.

Gareth
Monday 10th January 2005
1:38 pm U.K.

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Nigel, there's an e-mail coming your way.

Jonathan
Monday 10th January 2005
1:05 pm U.K.

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P.S. I'm in the UK, and some of this stuff is impractical to post.-----ends-----

Jonathan
Monday 10th January 2005
1:01 pm U.K.

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I have the following to sell, I'll be putting them up on e-bay shortly, so contact me soon...(Remove the hyphens from my e-mail address to reply).A) Box of Sony Umatic Tapes: 11x New KCA-20XBR & 3x used KCA-60BRSB) Timecode Inserter - POLARVIDEO TC-1, overlays timecode digits into video image.C) Edit Controller - PANASONIC NV-A500-E & cables. (1st of 2)D) Edit Controller - PANASONIC NV-A500-E & cables. (2nd of 2)E) SONY Umatic VCR - VP2031F) Portable VCR - SONY VO-4800PS Umatic (NTSC) & soft case.G) Portable VCR - SONY VO-8800P UmaticS-SP & all-weather case.H) Edit Controller - SONY RM440 & Cables. (1st of 2)I) Edit Controller - SONY RM440 & Cables. (2nd of 2)J) Edit VCR - SONY VO-5850P Umatic PAL & CablesK) SONY AC-345C - Power Supply & battery charger for Portable VCR's, cameras etc. 12v-14.7voltsL) Extra SONY control cables for edit suites, selection.-----ends-----

Nigel
Sunday 9th January 2005
2:16 pm U.K.

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I have a VO 9850 Pal for sale. It's in mint condition, low drum hours in perfect working order. I'll take £75.00 for it. Any Offers?

James Burch
Sunday 9th January 2005
2:58 am U.K.

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Anyone ever come across a Panasonic M format VTR model AU-300, that uses vhs tapes. Any collectors want to own such a machine??

Norbert
Sunday 9th January 2005
2:53 am U.K.

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Hello, let me know if you interest for:

Sony Digital Audio U-Matic system

3x U-Matic Recorder DMR-2000 Editor DAE -3000 3x Audio processor PCM-1630

Digital Mixer Unit Sony 1105

Video Recorder Sony BVU 870p

regards$500 ???

Chris
Wednesday 5th January 2005
11:11 am U.K.

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Hi - I have a VP 7040 - and tapes are starting to 'slip' every few seconds. Suspect drive belt?? any ideas on what to do to rectify??

thanks Chris

Aloma
Wednesday 5th January 2005
5:52 am U.K.

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I don't know if anyone is interested but we are trying to sell a Sony 3/4" VO 5800 Umatic on eBay...it works great, was recently serviced and plays/records perfectly. Thanks for your interest.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5742352529&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

AlomaDragonflyDirect

lukas
Sunday 2nd January 2005
9:39 pm U.K.

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can anyone tell me the head drum rotation speed of a u-matic video deck, and how the video and audio heads write information onto u-matic high band sp tape. any diagrams would be well appreciated. cheers!

Roderick
Saturday 1st January 2005
2:56 am U.K.

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Somebody was looking for a list of RS-422 compatible machines.Have a look here:

http://www.rs422.com.ar/rs422_compatible_machines.shtml

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Thursday 30th December 2004
8:24 pm U.K.

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Hi George - The small tapes were used in portable machines, but all edit suite machines will take both sizes of tape. Assuming they were all recorded in the 70s they'll probably all be low-band, therefore a basic Series 5 or 7 machine (ie. VP5030, VO5630, VO5800, VO5850, VP7040, VO7630) will do the job. Take a look on ebay, there's a VP5030 on there at the moment for only a QUID!

All the best,Tom

George
Thursday 30th December 2004
5:14 am U.K.

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I still have a load of U-matic tapes from my TV/Jounalism courses in the seventies.Now, my classmates are looking for copies of old projects, parties and events which only I have on 2 different sizes of U-matic tapes.I'd like to pick up a machine that will play both. Any suggestions??

Thanks,

Max Maxwell
Wednesday 29th December 2004
7:39 pm U.K.

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3/4" Umatic SP Videocassettes [U-matic SP Videocassettes]

The Maxell SP videocassette is designed for use with U-matic SP VTRs. For improved high-frequency response this product features a magnetic particle formulation with higher coercivity and reduced particle size. In addition, the video and audio signal to noise are excellent 276018 KCS-20 MSP (Small) 20 minutes 273715 KCA-30 MSP (Large) 30 minutes273215 KCA-60 MSP (Large) 60 minutesmaintaining a wide, flat frequency response with minimal dropouts.

thankxx MAXX

Reoin Oeosterling
Wednesday 29th December 2004
7:23 pm U.K.

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Thanks a million. I knew I was just being dim - I just couldn't figure out where. I shall go and get me a Low Band striped/blacked tape and get me some editing done! I've always called it "striping" just as a general name for preparing an edit tape, but I suppose it must arise from the colour bar (which, incidentally is what I still use.)

Thanks again.

LonJ
Wednesday 29th December 2004
4:54 pm U.K.

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Great website. I bought a VO-5800 and it has a problem. It plays back video and audio prefect and records video perfect. The problem is it doesn't record audio CH1 and 2. It erases the tracks but doesn't lay down the new audio. I have checked the tape path across the head and it's correct. Also when in record mode the VU meters work as they should. I have a service manual, but I'm not sure where to start. Any advice would be great. Thank you everyone.

STEPHEN NYE
Saturday 25th December 2004
5:28 pm U.K.

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Was someone asking about an Ikegami HL99A camera for £ 200? I'd say thanks but no thanks if I were you - here is one with many hard to find accessories including a tripod mounting plate for £150.00 - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3319&item=3862668147&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW (and no, I am not the seller!)

editor
Tuesday 21st December 2004
10:57 pm U.K.

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HiMaybe A little out-of-topic(but not a looking for hor*#*girls ad)I want to make some cable's to ude my videonics a/b-1 editer with (ahh) my u-matics's rs 422 connectorI know it is possible , but I cant find the connections anywhere

HELP!

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group
Tuesday 21st December 2004
7:45 pm U.K.

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Gonzo - Yes there are two sizes of U-matic tape, as with the Betacam system. Your machine, being a portable, only takes the small size - usually called U-matic-S (not to be confused with U-matic SP of course) although to confuse the issue Sony made short-duration tapes in both small and large cassette shells! These are still readily available new, just make sure you order 'portable' or 'camera' tapes - as the duration doesn't always give it away. Remember though that the longest small-size cassettes are 20 minutes, anything longer will definitely be a large-size one.

Tom.

GONZODOODAH
Tuesday 21st December 2004
5:25 pm U.K.

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Dumb question. I have a Sony VO 8800 P portable Umatic VTR. I bought three Umatic tapes labelled KCA-5BRS, and they are too big for the VTR! What gives? Are Umatic tapes available in different sizes? If someone will let me know what tapes to buy for my VTR I will send them three Umatic tapes, labelled KCA-5BRS, free of charge. Take the numbers out of the email address before sending. Ta. - Gonzo

George
Tuesday 21st December 2004
3:48 pm U.K.

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For Sell http://www.videogeorge.bravehost.com

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Monday 20th December 2004
8:01 pm U.K.

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Roger - A U-matic player only outputs one kind of video - that's analogue composite (the sort that comes down the yellow-coloured phono from a camcorder). If you're hoping to go straight from the U-matic to a MiniDV (I presume you are meaning a camcorder and not a VTR) that doesn't have a composite video input you're on a hiding to nothing without a gadget named an ADC (Analogue to Digital Converter) that will take analogue video and convert it to a digital 'firewire' signal.

If on the other hand your Mini-DV has a yellow phono socket input all you need is a regular phono lead with a phono to BNC adapter at the U-matic end, should cost about a quid from Maplin or similar.

Tom.

mel
Sunday 19th December 2004
10:16 pm U.K.

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sweetnwiser, I hope you're the one. the girl I grew up with in new castle. I lost your phone nunber so I haven't been able to call you. If you're her, then hurry up and email me with your nunber or tell me how to chat online with you.

kx1251989
Sunday 19th December 2004
11:15 am U.K.

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Roger
Saturday 18th December 2004
7:29 pm U.K.

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Help.... I looked but not yet found..... Where can I get a cable to output video from a VO7630 into either VHS-S or similar so I can transfer to mini DV???kind regards

Pat
Saturday 18th December 2004
10:03 am U.K.

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Hi

I was wondering if the SL-2400 plays in beta Ilet me know ASAP

thanks

Roderick
Saturday 18th December 2004
1:41 am U.K.

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Does anybody have any information on a CEL P147-12 TBC/Frame Grab?

I recently bought one but the friendly chappies at Australia Post managed to completely trash it. All cards were dislodged and even the transformer had broken loose and done some serious damge to the power supply. I have managed to stick it all together and fix the power supply, but I can't get a picture out of it, just black & white stripes.There are Chroma, Luminance and Black LED's that show 'over'.

Any help or suggestions will be much appreciated.If you want to email me direct, just remove all numbers from the address.

Many thanks, Roderick

Riley
Friday 17th December 2004
3:35 am U.K.

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Bah! My Umatic has died. Anyone in the NW want a dead VO-5800P for parts (or to repair, if you're handy like that). The heads were working fine when the tape loading mechanism jammed, so it may have its uses.

gabriel donald
Thursday 16th December 2004
4:34 pm U.K.

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Sunday 12th December 2004
2:14 pm U.K.

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Depends what model it is. Sounds like someone's been tweaking the pots on the video card.

Voiceover
Saturday 11th December 2004
11:04 am U.K.

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I just bought a umatic machine off ebay and when i play tapes i can't see the picture i can hear the audio only .However i can see the pictures if i use the fast fwd or rwd search anyone got any ideas as to how i can just see the tapes normally.

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Friday 10th December 2004
10:34 pm U.K.

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Luke
Tuesday 7th December 2004
11:54 am U.K.

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Hey - I've got loads of Umatic tapes - does anyone know a company that buys them for recycling?Anyone help?

Riley
Tuesday 7th December 2004
9:57 am U.K.

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BTW yes I remember the old Fergies with the "Ka-Ching" piano keys. It terrified me when I played a friends tape on my machine at home.

Riley
Tuesday 7th December 2004
9:52 am U.K.

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Heh! (et tu?) No, the film is 'Abigail Wanted'. It's no great shakes, I think he wanted to see it out of curiosity. The 'cues' on the tape are in two varieties, the first is a single, clean, very loud pulse that is only on the empty Ch1. The other two quieter pulses are at about 50% of maximum, and have a little bit of noise after them. Unforunately they are only on the Ch2 soundtrack. I tried to use the pulses as a noise print, to run through noise reduction, but unforunately they occur at the same time as dialogue, music, and bar-room sound effects. I had to make do with an only partially characteristic snatch. The results were far from perfect, but you could at least hear the line it went over originally.

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Monday 6th December 2004
8:53 pm U.K.

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Hi Riley - I've had similar on a dub from a 1950s 16mm print, with the left channel containing soundtrack and the right containing the soundtrack plus filmcode/sync pulses recorded as audio, but for what reason it was kept during the telecine I don't know? I guess in the heyday of U-matic people were only recording mono VHS copies and only felt it necessary to only keep one complete audio channel if the other was required one for some other purpose. It's odd that yours is recorded across both though because as far as I know once something's embedded in a soundtrack you can't take it out again.

There's a variety of strange things like that on older equipment, I recall one-inch VTRs where the video recording began before the audio, the sound came in couple of seconds later with a rumbling noise which I think was called a 'pilot burst'. That and the drawn-out 'bird tweet' between edits on a top-loader Ferguson Videostar... anyone remember them?

Dean
Monday 6th December 2004
5:19 pm U.K.

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Riley - is the film called "Roadrunner" by any chance?

Riley
Monday 6th December 2004
3:33 pm U.K.

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OK, an academic query more than anything. I got a machine (V0-5800PS + Remote control for £40), and I was passed some tapes in return for a favour. I was also passed a couple of tapes that contained a movie (whether it was for TV broadcast or something I don't know) and asked if I could capture it/transfer to a disk. I did the job, as it served as a nice chance to practice. The film's sound was on Ch2, and I wasn't suprised to hear some squeals towards the end of tape 1 (which I took to be changeover signals). While processing the sound (Left channel mono to stereo) I was surprised to see only the first beep was on Ch1, the other two were actually on Ch2 mixed in with the films sound, so I guess my question is;"What's all that about then?" or maybe "How did that work?"I'm sure I'd have noticed if films on TV always had a couple of beeps at around the 50-60 minute mark. I was expecting the Ch1 signal, but not the others. Did broadcast machines come with circuitry to filter out this element from the sound?

Dr Stephen Nye
Sunday 5th December 2004
5:27 pm U.K.

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Does anyone know anything about an Ikegami HL99A CCD video camera? I have been offered one for £ 200 and I wonder if this is a fair price and if the camera itself is any good. It comes with the 26 to 14 pin din cable and seems to be compatible with my Sony Umatic VTR.

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Saturday 4th December 2004
1:28 pm U.K.

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Hi Denis - Definitely the easiest way to do it is to hook up the output of the low-band to the composite in on the PD150 - this will get you a direct 'conversion' to DV compression. If you go via the PC the fairly low quality signal of low-band will be going through another generation of compression... and if you're using a domestic composite capture card (as opposed to an uncompressed/low-compression pro card) you're going to get those unsightly little 'blocks' on heavily compressed areas. When dubbing it's usually always best to take the shortest route.

Hope that helps,Tom

denis doyle
Friday 3rd December 2004
11:38 pm U.K.

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HiI want to transfer lowband umatic to DV. Which is better dub direct to my PD150 or capture to my PC (analogue). Will there be any saving in quality to go either wayTIA

Evelyn Dawson
Wednesday 1st December 2004
2:41 pm U.K.

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How do I get rid of unneccessary files on my Win Mx v 3.53?

Christophe
Wednesday 1st December 2004
12:24 pm U.K.

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Videorecorder for sale type Sony U-MATIC SP VO-9600P. Very good condition and very few hours of use. Price= 400 EUR.

Nina
Wednesday 1st December 2004
12:00 am U.K.

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Great web site! Best wisheshttp://www.realbumsen.tv http://www.sexkontaktesex.de http://www.sexparkplatzsex.de http://www.sexdvdsex.de http://www.1stxxx.net

azad
Monday 29th November 2004
12:41 pm U.K.

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chony

peaceful One
Sunday 28th November 2004
12:24 am U.K.

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helooooooo, help me with this please?

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Wednesday 24th November 2004
11:29 pm U.K.

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Hi Mike - It's a simple procedure to do and most dubbing facilities should be able to carry it out for you. Basically you need a U-matic deck that can play PAL tapes and an NTSC DVCAM recorder. Now comes the critical (and expensive to buy yourself) part - the 'standards converter' which will take the PAL playback signal and convert it to an NTSC one that the DVCAM recorder can record from. All quite complicated to do yourself but a matter of minutes to patch up at a dubbing place - have a look online or in Yellow Pages for 'Video Services' for 'Standards Conversion'.

If a DVCAM copy isn't essential you could take another route and capture the PAL video onto a PC and use video encoder like Cinemacraft or CleanerXL to encode and (with an authoring tool) produce an NTSC compatible DVD.

Hope that's of some help,Tom

Mike Guez
Wednesday 24th November 2004
8:43 pm U.K.

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Hi there,I have a U-matic 3/4" tape Pal system.I would like to transfer this PAL tape to DVCam NTSC. Do you know if it does exist a way to convert this U-Matic PAL directly to DVCAM NTSC?

thanks in advanceMike

Mohkle
Tuesday 23rd November 2004
6:48 am U.K.

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Finding out

James
Sunday 21st November 2004
9:36 pm U.K.

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U-MATIC MACHINES FOR SALE:Sony BVU-950P Low hours, orig drum, TBC, DNR and TIMECODE options. £600

Sony VO-9600P Low hours, recent service, comes with rs232 option. £375

Sony VO-9600P Low hours, recent service, comes with rs232 option. £375

Sony VO-7630 Low hours, recent service. £275

Sony VO-7630 Low hours, recent service. £275

Sony VP-7040 and VP-5040 also available.

All machines are in good clean condition and 30 days warranty.

James
Saturday 20th November 2004
7:02 pm U.K.

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Hello, i am after two 34pin remote cables as used on Panasonic SVHS edit equipment. They are similar to the Sony cables but slightly different. I have one Sony cable available, if anyone wants to do a swap.

Also, have a BVU-950P available, low hours with TBC, DNR and Timecode options. Lookinf for £600

Riley
Friday 19th November 2004
9:30 am U.K.

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Cheers Tom, I'll keep my eyes peeled for something of that ilk.

J.
Friday 19th November 2004
12:25 am U.K.

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I have a Sony U-matic Videocassette Player VP5000 for sale. It's an NTSC model designed for use here stateside. Was serviced a few years ago and has been stored safely ever since. Please E-Mail me if you're interested. Thanks.

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Thursday 18th November 2004
8:30 pm U.K.

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Hi Riley - You'll be wanting a Sony Series-9, ie. 9600, 9800, 9850 etc... all of these play all varieties of U-matic, plus they're a lot younger and more fully-featured than many of the low-band decks. I've seen them for £20+, but I paid £140 for my 9850 on account of it only having 4 hours on the drum. Confuses the hell out of me when people record tapes as formats they're not meant to be - ie recording SP tapes in a low-band machine!!!

Tom.

Riley
Thursday 18th November 2004
3:17 pm U.K.

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OK I'm here to pick brains again. I bottled out of buying a umatic VTR on ebay recently, as I wasn't sure what kind of tapes I would be passed for conversion. I finally got some details recently, "Most of them seem to be marked up 'Standard Play'(sic)." My frient told me. When I got to his house to look over an example of the tapes, the ones he brought were Sony KCA-60Ks marked up as 'Low Band PAL'. Unfortunately he didn't make a note of the tape type for the 'Standard Play' so I can't be sure if they were chrome jobs, and therefore definitively SP.So, it seems that the best thing I could do, is track down a machine that will play SP, and Low Band (preferrably multi-standard too). Any recommendations, and ideas of how much I'll be looking at paying for such a machine?

Jerry
Tuesday 16th November 2004
2:24 am U.K.

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Hi,

I have a U-matic VO-5850 and VO-5800 as editors with the RM-440 controller. I have been having problems recording audio on both decks. sometimes they record sometimes they do.When they dont record, I hear a static sound with little audio, its kinda buzzing. I have tried different tapes, checked cables. I am wondering if they are shorted or what? Anyone had this problem? and know what it may be?

ALAN ROLFE
Monday 15th November 2004
4:10 pm U.K.

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Wanted Panasonic AG-5700 video recorder, please state condition and price

ALAN ROLFE
Monday 15th November 2004
2:46 pm U.K.

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Wanted, Panasonic AG-5700 video recorder, please state price condition of heads ect.

jon
Monday 15th November 2004
1:44 am U.K.

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UMATIC All bands transfered to DVD Free of charge,any amount of tapes not a problem in exchange for used/faulty machine(s) contact me for more details. 0774 3058021

GONZO
Friday 12th November 2004
9:40 pm U.K.

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I now about the 100/240 flapdoodle. An engineer I work with buys kit like masonry drills on Ebay from the US and buys 'step down' transformers from Maplins for a few quid and superglues them to the plugs. I had him check out the chargers and he says they will be fine. However, in three or four weeks, if every light in London goes off, you know he got it wrong ...

Adam Scriv
Friday 12th November 2004
5:49 pm U.K.

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Hi,

I'm building a form of RS422 Sony 9-pin remote for my final year project at Uni, and I'm going to need a VTR to test it on.

Does any one know what the first (or rather, cheapest) machine was to use this, rather than the RS232 or parallel ports that went before it?

I think I might not be on to a winner here because it seems like all the old VO umatics etc didn't support it, only the BV ones? (And then they fetch reasonable money even on Ebay).

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks,Adam.

Kjell
Thursday 11th November 2004
9:53 pm U.K.

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I have one Cel P147-30, one Cel P148 Controller and one Cel P152 Maurice. Anyone who has any idea how the video (picture) path should be when using these 3 togehter??

Basically I only need the P147-30 as a TBC. How should I then connect video in/video out or any other connection needed to make this work as a stand-alone TBC only?????????

Any help would be appreciated.Thanks.

Alan Tattersall
Thursday 11th November 2004
10:35 am U.K.

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I have a Sony VO7630 in good condition for sale. No leads or manual. Anyone interested in making an offer? Can be collected or sent by carrier.

jose
Thursday 11th November 2004
8:38 am U.K.

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My name is jose and I am in the wrong room!

jose
Thursday 11th November 2004
1:10 am U.K.

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my name is jose and I am looking for girls only no boys

jose
Thursday 11th November 2004
1:10 am U.K.

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looking for a kid

jose
Thursday 11th November 2004
1:09 am U.K.

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looking for girlfriend my name is jose

Roland Pickett
Thursday 11th November 2004
12:20 am U.K.

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David - I think the tapes you need are KCA20 (20mins) or KCA60 (one hour).

Tom Mountford - The JMS Group Ltd
Monday 8th November 2004
5:32 pm U.K.

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Hi David - You got yourself a bargain there, they usually sell for about the £30-40 mark. You'll certainly get higher quality recordings than VHS but you'll really see the difference when you record on fresh tape. New U-matic tapes are still available and you should buy Sony BRS/XBR tapes for the machine (KSP tapes - of which there are a lot of on ebay at the moment will go in the machine but I'm not sure how well a low-band machine, ie. yours, records on these SP tapes - ideas anyone?) Anyhow, U-matic has been around a fair while so used tapes could well be 10-15 years old, and they age and gain 'glitches' just as old VHS tapes do - so I'd stick with using fresh stock. I order from first4media.co.uk - but there are loads of places that can sell you new U-matic tape.

All the best,Tom

David
Monday 8th November 2004
5:16 pm U.K.

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Currenty bidding for tapes on ebay for the umatic.

Riley
Monday 8th November 2004
1:44 pm U.K.

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And I thought I'd seen cheap ones. At least you've paid the right kind of price, if it does turn out to be a bad choice. Have managed to play with it at all yet, or are you tapeless?

David
Monday 8th November 2004
12:44 pm U.K.

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Hi all, I was the one who bought the Sony Umatic for £11.50 on ebay, and was wondering where to go to get more info on how to use the thing. I am an amateur film maker and was looking for something to record onto video at a higher quality than standard VCRs do. Is there a manual for it available somewhere on the Internet and I have found some tapes on ebay, but i am also thinking maybe this was not what I was really after. It's a huge heavy beast that sits on the floor at the moment and I don't know how to use it.

Riley
Sunday 7th November 2004
2:28 am U.K.

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I do have firewire for DV, but I've actually got a couple of analogue capture cards, an old Matrox 450 eTV on my old PC, and a MEDION (7134) WDM Video Capture on this machine. Both have composite , and SVHS inputs, and both seem to do a reasonbly good job from VHS/SVHS etc. I generally capture in MPEG2 at 5000kbps (720x576).It's good to hear that there's nothing too weird to contend with. I guess I just need to make certain of how these tapes that need transferring are recorded (hi/lo/etc), and then spend what I feel I can justify.

Roland Pickett
Sunday 7th November 2004
12:16 am U.K.

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Riley, assuming that you have a DV capture card on your PC, and a decent editing package such as Adobe Premiere, then all you need is an analogue to digital converter such as Dazzle etc. The output from U-matic is composite video, so treat it the same as VHS or 8mm. The output res from a hiband VCR will give you about 4oo lines or so compared to lowband at about 250 (if my memory serves me well).

Riley
Saturday 6th November 2004
8:27 pm U.K.

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I wonder if anyone could give me some tips about getting going with PC capture from Umatic equipment? I've been doing your more hobbyist capture for a few years now, and I could get myself some well needed cash, if only I could transfer some umatic tapes to DVD. Initially I thought it would be out of the question, but actual machines don't seem as expensive as I'd initially imagined. What I need to know is, other than a suitable machine to play the tapes (& I suspect I'll require a multi-standard machine), what else would I need to squirt the images into my PC i.e. specialist cabling, or any (required or recommended)additional hardware?Can anyone help, or fancy helping me talk myself into buying new toys?

Roland Pickett
Saturday 6th November 2004
1:06 pm U.K.

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Well, that's messed my weekend up! I fancied doing a bit of embroidery, but when I tried to find out where the software was located, I find it has now been deleted. Also as we are expecting a few power cuts this weekend and I need a generator, I see that those have gone also. Can anyone remember whether they were located opposite the old cinema in Rawlpindi? Or was it next to the chicken market in Benghazi? I expect that I will just have to trawl through the girlie sites instead... hang on a minute - they've gone too!

Tom Mountford
Saturday 6th November 2004
8:55 am U.K.

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Hi Richie - Good playback but in monochrome only suggests you may be playing a high-band or SP recorded videotape, which has a slightly different signal to the tapes the 5630 is meant to play/record - i.e. the earlier 'low-band' format.

All the best,Tom

Richie
Saturday 6th November 2004
1:34 am U.K.

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I have a Sony VO-5630 PAL/SECAM/NTSC machine and I am unable to get a color playback (lock) on pre-recorded PAL tapes. Picture looks fine but Mono only. Anyone know how to fix this problem?

Roland Pickett
Thursday 4th November 2004
8:46 am U.K.

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Steve - TC13 is reader only, just in case you get a return request from buyers!

Steve
Thursday 4th November 2004
4:36 am U.K.

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BVU-800P TIMECODE READER/GENERATOR BOARD TC-13 for sale on EBAYGo to http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=3850632971&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

Regards STEVE

Tom Mountford
Monday 1st November 2004
8:34 pm U.K.

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Hi Michael - With regards your machine you'll need a tape for it before it will do anything, there's no TV tuner in a U-matic deck so it will remain very black and very mute without a tape to play/record. I order tape stock from first4media.co.uk - but all pro video stockists have U-matic tape, you'll need low-band tapes with a 'BRS' prefix for your deck.

Now - plugging it into a TV is no problem but most domestic TVs won't have a BNC socket (as on the U-matic deck) so you'll need a BNC & Phono to Scart lead, somewhere like Maplin or RS will do these... and then you're pretty much sorted.

Lastly... although U-matic cassettes are very bulky things the longest duration is only 60 minutes - not very long for a security application perhaps? So if you want to sell it try ebay, though that said a VO5630 sold on there a couple of hours back for a measly £11.00!

NORM - Sounds like your wheel is going to fall off... not that I'm an expert with cars, what with this being a forum about VIDEO EQUIPMENT!!!!

michael bransom
Monday 1st November 2004
6:20 pm U.K.

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hi, I'm really new to these umatic recording devices,in fact I really know nothing at all.I purchased a Sony umatic videocassette recorder 5600 thinking I could use it for running a survelance camera through it. Now that I'm home with it and I find I don't even own a 3/4 tape.So, my question is can I run a video camera through it and can you use a standard tv as a monitor?Is there a way of using it without a tape? If all else fails do you know where I could sell it?Thanks,Michael

Roland Pickett
Monday 1st November 2004
4:28 pm U.K.

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I'm sure that you would like to answer that one, Tom....

Norm
Monday 1st November 2004
2:58 pm U.K.

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I have a 98 Honda Odyessey van.When I first start out slow there is a vibration almost like I have a problem with a bad out of alignment.After I pick up speed it goes away.After I drive for a short time when I slow down or start again the problem is not as noticable.After driving about 10 miles I notice that the front lug nuts are very warm,almost hot.the back lug nuts are cool.Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks Norm

Steve
Monday 1st November 2004
5:42 am U.K.

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EXTENDER CARDS: I have a lot of extender cards for BVU, umatic, Betacammachines. Many new, some used. Too many to list so if you have oneyour looking for drop me an email, preferably with a part number orreference. Take the two number 9s out of the email address first..

Cheers

Steve

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