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Alexander
Monday 26th September 2005
8:45 pm U.K.

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Sorry, it's a VP7030 !

Alexander
Monday 26th September 2005
8:41 pm U.K.

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Hello,I'm just a beginner. Have a VO5850p and a VO7030. I'm looking for user manuals for both machines and advice how to connect the VO7030 to my serial port on the PC. (jumper settings)Please, every info is very welcome.

Dave
Sunday 25th September 2005
4:14 pm U.K.

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I have a total of 5 Sony UMatic decks that I would like to part with....all in good working order. Contact me for details. Located in Toronto.

zeinal
Thursday 22nd September 2005
12:05 am U.K.

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Hi there,Iam looking for a web site for "FOR.A Time Code Reader TCR 3500" The power supply blew. Need a replacment. Any ideas anyoneThanksZ

levent
Wednesday 21st September 2005
2:22 pm U.K.

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hý ý am searching about sony vpk-720ps projection machines. is there anyone hear somethinks about this projection machine.

James
Tuesday 20th September 2005
12:36 am U.K.

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Hello, the capstan is just above where you have marked 2 on your picture.If your machine suddenly stopped while in play, then it is possible there is a problem with one of the reel tach sensors (could be dust or dirt in them). They sit under the reel tables. You would have to removed the elevator to get to the reel tables.Also, make sure your pinch roller isnt shinny and your belts/idler are in good shape. Some mechanical parts are still available from Sony.

Daniel
Monday 19th September 2005
11:57 am U.K.

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hi roderick.

first thanks again for your help.

http://dev.back2the90s.de/vo5630.jpg

is that what i marked up the capsan?

maybe you can explain what to do with that pic.

as far as i can see theres nothign turning exept the drum.

sorry for being very newbie like.

daniel

Roderick
Monday 19th September 2005
11:39 am U.K.

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Daniel

Let me try to explain a few basics on tape transport. The tape is not pulled by the reels but by the capstan and a rubber pinch roller. Your problem could be one of two things: either the capstan motor isn't working or the pinch roller doesn't push on the capstan hard enough to pull the tape through.First check: See if the capstan is turning - the capstan is a small (about 2mm diameter) steel rod that should be turning fast, it is normally below the head drum, have a look at this pictire http://umatic.palsite.com/format.html If that is spinning. try manually push the pinch roller onto the tape and the capstan.Second check: If that works, you have to check the condition of the pinch-roller and the solenoid that applies the pressure.

Good luck

Daniel
Sunday 18th September 2005
11:39 am U.K.

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thanks for your answer.

i removed it by opening the case.

reseting all the threading system seems very complicated. which gears i have to reset you dont know exactly?

if i put a cassette manually back into the 5630 it seems the machine dont have enough power to turn the tape...it only runs again if i remmove it again.

Roderick
Sunday 18th September 2005
10:06 am U.K.

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Daniel

How did you remove the tape? It appears that the machine still thinks the tape is in there.I don't have a 5630 to check how, but you will manually have to reset all the threading system to make it realise that the tape is gone. This will most likely involve a lot of turning gears.

Braodcast BasementLet me know if you want any more machines at those prices, I'll happily send them from Australia where they sell for about 50pounds or less.

Daniel
Saturday 17th September 2005
9:36 pm U.K.

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what do you mean?

more precise pls.

share yout secrets.

RP
Saturday 17th September 2005
6:24 pm U.K.

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Broadcast Basement - dream on!

Daniel
Saturday 17th September 2005
9:54 am U.K.

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hello!

i have a VO-5630. while play back it stopped and the cassette did not turn anymore. i removed the tape manually and saw that the machine is in fast foward all the time and does not stop. the buttons @ front dont work.

how can i stop it...?

it doesnt eject the tape too....nothing works.

maybe there is a trick to reset the machine?

thanks a lot.

daniel

Broadcast Basement
Friday 9th September 2005
11:13 pm U.K.

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Some machines for sale:SONY VO-7630 Low band recorder, good condition. £250SONY VO-9600P Low band/high band/SP recorder. £350SONY VO-5850P Low band recorder, good conditon. £300Panasonic AG-7700BE vhs/svhs edit recorder (rs422, timecode, xlrs, hifi, jog /shuttle)£450 (2 available)Panasonic AG-7350 vhs/svhs recorder. £250

Equipment located in London. Pictures/more info available on request.Please remove the 1 from the email address if responding.

RP
Friday 9th September 2005
7:08 pm U.K.

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David - if you are in the UK you need a VP5030 or VP7030 etc. ALL VO5 prefixed machines are lowband machines but some are PAL only. The two players I mentioned are multi-standard as well. Also the old VO2030 top loaders will do the job, they should be cheap enough if you can find one.

David Woods
Friday 9th September 2005
3:20 pm U.K.

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Having not used Umatic formats for ages I've forgotten their ID's.I'm now in need of a LOW Band umatic REPLAY VTR (to play and "get" the image / sound tracks off and migrated to another format) and request that someone let me know the SONY MODEL NUMBERS (or other masnufacturer's brands i guess) so I can start looking to buy the right machine, probably on eBay. Thanks so much for any help advice you may offer.

rein
Thursday 8th September 2005
8:07 pm U.K.

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Jineen,It is good practice to wind and rewind the tapes maybe once a year. This is to prevent that one tape layer leaves a magnetic residue on to the next tape layer . 200 tapes, quite a task!I am not certain about the interval. Maybe once every two years is sufficient.Someone else knows?

rein
Thursday 8th September 2005
7:52 pm U.K.

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Sorry, didn't see Erics message.

rein
Thursday 8th September 2005
7:49 pm U.K.

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Sergio,

The BVU-950 does not play back low band!

Jesse
Tuesday 6th September 2005
9:17 pm U.K.

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I have a Sony VO-5600 machine. Each time I try to watch a tape on it, however, it freezes up and the "stand-by" light goes on. Does anybody know what the problem is?thanks,Jesse

ami
Tuesday 6th September 2005
12:10 pm U.K.

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Hi everybody. I am having one TV Bush 2867NTX and a VCR AKAI VS427EK. Both are not working. I could not find anyone for the repair. I am ready to sell them in very less price. Anyone interested. let me know

Kris
Tuesday 6th September 2005
12:07 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

I am currently doing a placement at GMPT-SE (Saab) in Sweden and one of my tasks is to produce a visualisation of a gearbox in HYPERWORKS MotionView v7.0. I have never worked nor heard about this program but neither has anyone here at GMPT-SE. The HELP seems to expect you already know the program or worked with the older versions so is not exactly helpfull if you need to know the very basics. The tutorials are the same, I have been going through most of them by now and it just doesn't seem to make much more sence than it did before. Everything I find out I am writing down in a manual for the next 'sucker' that has to work with it.

The idea is to bring in files from either ADAMS or UNIGRAPHICS, these should then get a data input from MATLAB which should make the whole thing run in such a way a film can be taken from it for a board presentation but with the posibility of changing the data at anytime. So it can be used for future tests.

Now my question (or enormous cry for help more like) is the following, is there anyone who can provide me with a MANUAL for HYPERWORKS MotionView v7.0 on UNIX or anything else that is helpfull? Maybe manuals of older versions, links to forums, ... . Just anything that can get me started cause right now I feel pretty useless.

Thanks

steve
Friday 2nd September 2005
5:33 pm U.K.

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Hi, I have acquired some new Sony U-Matic video cassettes from a broadcast video production studio that recently went bankrupt.

I have:a case of 10 New Sony KCS-10BRS for $29.99a case of 9 New Sony KCS-10BRS for $26.99a case of 6 New Sony KCA-30BRS for $17.99

I have put them up for auction on eBay @http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7543270975&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IThttp://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7543268854&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IThttp://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7543269518&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

I'm in Canada.Email me if you're interested.

eric phoxe
Friday 26th August 2005
9:20 am U.K.

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Sergio, a BVU will only do highband U-Matic tapes. It is said that some TBCs are capable of making a colour image out of it when playing low-band.

Zorro
Wednesday 24th August 2005
2:48 pm U.K.

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If there is any Marija with the maiden surname "Matic" please contact me.

Mark
Tuesday 23rd August 2005
5:44 pm U.K.

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I have several pieces of U-matic gear to sell. Including: vp-9000, vo9600 (2ea) ,vo-5850, bvu-800. Also a Sony DSC-1204G. All for sale as a group or by the piece.

Tony
Tuesday 23rd August 2005
7:36 am U.K.

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Hi

Is there any body out there who needs a Umatic player? I have recently acquired 16 of them of various types, 5030,5040,7030,7040 etc. all that I have tried work ok. What I would really like is a second recorder and control unit to finish my edit suite and would quite happily trade players (maybe even pay cash!) to acquire these.

New to the format, but enjoying learning how to use it!

Tony

Edmond van den Hauwe
Tuesday 23rd August 2005
12:59 am U.K.

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Hello all.

Can someone give me more info about a Hitachi FP 10 camera.Is this a broadcast camera? Is it a color or B/W camera?How many videolines has the camera?I think in the US there are the NTSC systems, 6.25 and 4....., what is the differance between them?And on wich system is the camera working 6.25 or 4..... NTSC?

Thanks in advance for the information.PLease send the information to [email protected]

Yours sincerely

Edmond van den Hauwe

Sergio
Monday 22nd August 2005
11:02 am U.K.

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Hi U-matic users.Last week i was buy one Sony BVU-950P, second hand, for play all my u-matic tapes. Some years ago i was user for a VO-5800 + VO-5850 + RM-440 with my old M3+ VO-6800 camcorder and i have very much tapes on low-band.I was read that BVU-950P can read Low-band, Hi-band, and SP, but all my low-band tapes are read in black/white. So, i don't know where is the problem. I don't have the BVU-950P user manual, i'm thinking that perhaps i must push some button or menu, but BVU-950P not like VO-5850. I try to write on a old KCA-60BRS and record/read ok with color on no SP system ?¿?¿?¿?

So, i'm looking for a user manual original, scaned or pdf.... or one solution from other users.

allan
Sunday 21st August 2005
9:07 pm U.K.

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i have pristine SONY PCM00 processor for sale.lcd meters etc. requires ntsc recorderfor video recording. often used with 1630 unit. have manual from sony technical.realistic offers considered. massive build for pro/semi-pro use.

Darryl Beamish
Friday 19th August 2005
8:10 am U.K.

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Hi all! Anyone looking for a VP-5000 service/operating manual- check out E-Bay, or go to this site-full manual on cd (reasonably priced!): home.comcast.net/~aa4df02/vp5k-mnl.htm They sure are great machines! I have a VP-5000, 2 VO-5850, 2 440 remotes,and a 580 remote, Will the RF out work on a normal cable in TV? Does anyone have a couple of cheap BNC cables: Male/male, male/rf? Please e-mail me! Thanks!

Paul Coolahan
Friday 19th August 2005
1:14 am U.K.

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I have a SONY VP7030 with a jambed tape inside.Can anyone tell me how to do a manual release.Thanks Paul

James
Wednesday 17th August 2005
8:19 am U.K.

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Working Betacam decks, BVW-10 etc for sale, offers invited, ex tv station gear...items located in australia, PAL format machines email for details

Andy
Wednesday 17th August 2005
2:04 am U.K.

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Hi,

Could someone please tell me if the RM-440 would work with a pair of VP-7040s? Would I have to have BKU-701s installed in both decks?

I'm putting together an editing bay of antique gear...Amiga 4000T Toaster/Flyer, Amiga 3000T Toaster/Flyer, etc...and I have a chance to get a pair of VP-7040s at a good price. I need an edit controller for them and the RM-440 is priced right, if I can use it, that is. All advice gratefully accepted.

Thanks,

Andy

Jineen
Monday 15th August 2005
3:57 pm U.K.

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What is the best way to store 3/4" 60-min Sony Umatic videotapes? We recorded approx 200 of these between 1978-1982 and have stored them ever since in their original jackets inside metal cabinets in a temperature-controlled (a/c and heated) apartment.

Jineen
Monday 15th August 2005
3:41 pm U.K.

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We have approx 200 3/4" 60-min Sony Umatic tapes that were recorded between 1978-1982. They have been stored in their original jackets in metal cabinets in an air-conditioned/heated apartment. Can anyone tell us the best way to store these tapes?

Debra
Friday 12th August 2005
11:10 pm U.K.

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What is the value of a Sony Videocassette Recorder VO-2860A? It's in great working order not used much at all.

leon
Thursday 11th August 2005
1:40 pm U.K.

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Hi everybody,we've got 4 sony vp 5030 surplus to requirement.Also 3 panasonic F10 cameras.Any offers?

Ken Poussou
Wednesday 10th August 2005
7:51 am U.K.

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URGENT HELP NEEDED.I just borrowed my brother's altec lansing computer speakers and i accidently inserted the subwoofer(110v) cable plug in the 220v instead of the 110v on the tranformer. now it won't come on. is there a fuse which i can change in the subwoofer or something. plse help asap, my brother is going to kill me. thksken

nids
Tuesday 9th August 2005
9:22 pm U.K.

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can we change the action scripting mode (expert mode to normal mode) in Flash MX 2004 Professional.....?

John
Monday 8th August 2005
11:11 pm U.K.

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G'Day to all.I am in urgent need of a user manual, for a Sony DVC Model # DCR TRV 460 E. Can anyone help PLEASE

Paul Eedle
Monday 8th August 2005
5:43 pm U.K.

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Help! I'm struggling to dub old SECAM U-Matic tapes onto PAL DVCAM. I have a VP7040 multi-format deck, and am passing the video through a SECAM-PAL converter from Vortex (http://www.vtx.co.uk/video/tvconverters.htm#p2s).

The signal looks fine on a multistandard monitor, all colour and audio there. But on the DVCAM it comes through as black and white with some weird colour bands. Going directly from the 7040 to the PAL DVCAM it comes through as plain black and white, which is what you'd expect from a SECAM signal.

Can anyone suggest what might be going wrong?

bill
Sunday 7th August 2005
6:50 am U.K.

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hi O.L. replaced both relays now get sound on record/play back.my next obsticle is how to drive/operate it this should be fun with a frayed temper at the end of session.regardsbill.

Natale
Friday 5th August 2005
11:01 am U.K.

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I have a "Sony VO-6800 " U-matic recorder with a tape inside of it. This tape doesn' t want come out. On the control panel the slack red light flashes.How can I do to resolve this problem?For this reason I' m looking for a "Sony VO-6800 " service manual. I accept also a copy.I will pay cost of the manual' s copy and postage, of course.I live in Italy.

Thank You.

sam sizwe
Thursday 4th August 2005
11:41 am U.K.

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My videotape is damaged, the brown string/tape inside is visibly broken.Is this a repairable damage? If so where can I repair it?I'm in south africa.

singh
Wednesday 3rd August 2005
12:05 pm U.K.

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Hi, i have 3x VO-5630 multi standard umatic player /recorder machines in working order as well as a couple of hundred umatic 75 min tapes for sale.i'm based in london and anyone interested can see the machines working before purchase.looking for £100 for the lot.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Thursday 28th July 2005
12:50 am U.K.

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>>>I'm seeking a umatic player that will accept high-band PAL tapes, and output in NTSC, for transfer to digital archive<<<<

YOu'll find that most DV bridges will accept a PAL signal. Capture as PAL then Render out as NTSC using your NLE application.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Thursday 28th July 2005
12:46 am U.K.

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Boy amm I surprised this list is stil going! Must be 4-5 years since I last shot any Umatic and I thought I was the last one standing!

Cought sight of the universal question about power leads......

4 Pin XLRs for 12V are almost universally wired + pin 4 - pin 1

The easy way to remember it is to picture some old duffer playing golf wearing ... "PLUS FOURS" Easy! Plus 4 - 1.....

In over 25 years in the industry that's how I've ALWAYS done it and I've not lost a piece of equipment yet! There were SOME items that used a 6v-0-6v configuration by utilising the centre pins...but we're more in film territory than video and I've NEVER seen anything wired other than the way I stated. The 4 pin DIN sockets on some equipment though is COMPLETELY different and DOES vary from item to item. Sadly I can't help in this respect.

Have fun folks!Matt

Bram actually emailed me off-list a few days ago and was I understand able to get his kit running.

Josh Liang
Tuesday 26th July 2005
6:04 am U.K.

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Can anyone help me retrieved the password of [email protected]? Someone hack my account and I can't access it anymore. Please e-mail me! Thank you!

Sepe Suomesta
Sunday 24th July 2005
10:23 pm U.K.

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Bram:Be aware that there is not a universal standard for these. You have to look for specs for the exact machines You are working with.

Tuomo:At least these machines should play SP: VO-9600 VO-9650VO-9800 VP-9000 (no recording, playback only) BVU-850 and higher model numbers.

Sam
Friday 22nd July 2005
5:06 pm U.K.

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I have a Umatic Sony VP-2260, which I want to sell.Where can I sell it? Do you guys know anybody interested?

It's in decent condition, needs some head cleaning but consists of all it's parts.

Tuomo Laakso
Friday 22nd July 2005
8:17 am U.K.

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Hello.Hello.

I'm working in a project that developes archiving methods to preserve film and magnetic AV-materials (such as u-matic, B-cam, B-max, VHS, etc.) which are in great danger to be lost forever because of deteriorating and de-magnetizing. I came across a tape that has a U-matic S -logo printed on it (and hand written marking High Band on the sleeve). I can't make it play correctly on a Low-band- (shows b/W image and low audio) or High band (no video, great audio) -machine, and at this moment I have no access to a SP machine. Could anyone help me to what kind of machine to use?

Also I's like to thank the wholesome of the Palsite.com staff and contributors for making a great knowledge site!

Thanks in advance!

Tuomo Laakso

bill
Thursday 21st July 2005
5:16 pm U.K.

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THANKS 0.L. i will pursue the relays as the possible cause.will post with findings.P.S. any information regarding purchase of operating or technical manuals.regards.

nick
Thursday 21st July 2005
3:03 pm U.K.

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I have a number of importan 3/4 Sony KCS20 cassettes. I would like someone to help me to find a suitable UMATIC VTR PAL/NTSC to buy. Can you please let me know asap.

bram
Thursday 21st July 2005
2:20 pm U.K.

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I'm looking for the pinout of the 4pin xlr, used to feed 12V into many devices as camera's and portable recorder/players. Does anyone know?Please mail the + and - pins to my emailaddress...Thank you very much!Bram

george
Wednesday 20th July 2005
6:38 pm U.K.

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need for Umatic 9800 new Head nad Punch roller

Old Lag
Saturday 16th July 2005
11:58 pm U.K.

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VO5850 audio : From the description of the problem, the most likely cause would be no 'bias' signal applied to the audio record heads (with the audio).The 'bias' is derived from the erase signal … so if the oscillator is not running you get a) no erase of existing audio and b) low level and distorted audio from new recordings. If the erase is ok, check (with oscilloscope) that the audio record head has bias & audio (I think bias is several TENS of volts) with the audio ( a few volts) sat on top of it.

lud
Saturday 16th July 2005
10:44 pm U.K.

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hi, i'm looking for working machines jvc or thomsom 6600e, cp 5550e, 6650e, cr 8200e, em 303, L 103T, pal u-matic. Thanks.

bill
Saturday 16th July 2005
10:05 pm U.K.

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hi my latest requisition is a v05850p with a sond problem.the level meters peak on record but on playback i get no to very little sound distorted with no movement on meters.can you advise which area to start and which test points to scope. regards bill.

Naveed Amjad
Thursday 14th July 2005
5:17 pm U.K.

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hello

Daniel
Thursday 14th July 2005
7:25 am U.K.

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If anyone is interested I have placed a BKU-703A (33pin remote interface) and a BKU-704 (timecode reader board) on ebay australia. I am selling it worldwide. These boards came out of a VO-9800 series machine, but should suit some other models.

Roderick
Wednesday 13th July 2005
10:07 am U.K.

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James, no such machine exists. U-matic machines were designed for professional use and what goes in is what comes out. Your only option would be to feed the signal from a PAL machine to a stahdards converter. Depending on the quality and resolution, they'll cost between a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

James
Wednesday 13th July 2005
7:42 am U.K.

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I'm seeking a umatic player that will accept high-band PAL tapes, and output in NTSC, for transfer to digital archive. I assume a standard PAL player won't work, as the output is also PAL. Anyone know what machine would fill the bill, to play high-band PAL for an NTSC transfer?

Also I'm seeking a photocopy or original manual for a VO-9800.

Thanks,James

Doug
Tuesday 12th July 2005
11:24 am U.K.

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Hi - I'm trying to find the value of a Sony VO-5800PS and RM580, that I'm going to sell on ebay - any help gratefully received. Thanks Doug

Peter Loftmarc
Monday 11th July 2005
8:17 pm U.K.

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Where I live, I cannot get OTA (over-the-air) signals that are consideredgood. I live in a valley, called Val Verde, 45 miles northwest of LosAngeles, CA and Mt. Wilson where the majority of the TV and DTV transmittersare located. Since there are only about 1,000 homes in Val Verde there isn’tany cable company that services my area. Even the phone company cannotprovide DSL service to my area.

Two months ago I got tired of watching the “hour glass” as I surfed theInternet using a 56k modem that never connected much above 24600 bps to myold Internet service provider. So I decided to go with StarBand. StarBand isan Internet service provider that uses a geosynchronous satellite to providea high-speed downlink as well as a fast uplink.

One Antenna, Two-Way:StarBand uses a single satellite dish antenna (24”x36”) for receiving AND forsending information. Plus, the StarBand antenna can accommodate both theInternet and EchoStar's Dish Network satellite TV programming. StarBandservice brings the Internet and hundreds of channels of television into myhome, all through one dish antenna.

StarBand is up to 10 times faster than dial-up can provide. With downloadspeeds up to 600 kbps, downloading a file that used to take me up to 5minutes with dial-up now takes me as little as 30 seconds!

As a StarBand subscriber I have the opportunity to be part of a uniquesatellite multicast network. In the future, I should be able to surf theInternet and receive channels of high-quality content from top entertainmentand information partners, including MP3 files, software downloads,subscription content and more.

For the last 6 years I have been a DirecTV subscriber prior to subscribing tothe Dish Network. In the early days of DBS the DirecTV pictures werestunning. Sure there were some MPEG artifacts like noisy fades and sometimessome “mosquito” artifacts on edges but overall quite acceptable. Once inawhile during a heavy rain I’d get some MPEG blocking but that was prettyrare.

Last year I purchased a Sony Wega 24” TV set for my living room while waitingfor a decent HDTV to arrive on the scene. My preferred viewing distance fromthe Wega is approximately 8 ft. or 9 screen heights. The flat screenTrinitron display on the Wega has much more than 500 lines of horizontalresolution and a very stable DC restorer. Blacks are black with little, ifany, long term drift. I use the “S” video connection for all the heavyviewing and the composite video connection for other videos sources such asmy digital still camera, S-VHS machine and sometimes my camcorder. Mycamcorder also has an “S” video connection as well as the IEEE Fire Wire.

In the bedroom I have an old Sony 17” Trinitron monitor, the kind that manyof the off line editing bays used several years ago when doing 3/4” U-Maticediting. It has a horizontal resolution of about 300 lines.

Now let me get back on track with the subject of this article. When I madethe switch from DirecTV to Dish, I was not impressed with the quality of theimages I was seeing. They were very soft, exhibited lag, had very noisy fadesand poor resolution. These are all MPEG artifacts from not having enough bitsto do the job properly.

I have spoken with some of the engineers at both DirecTV and Dish and theyadmit that on some channels they do turn down the bit rate so as to notoverwhelm the statistical multiplexers or Muxers as they are called. This waythey say they can get more programs into the limited bandwidth available onthe satellites transponders. Pay-for-view seem to get top priority with thehigher bit rates as they usually look pretty good. Kind of like DVDs’.

I have two receivers at my house. An EchoStar 6000 HDTV receiver and anEchoStar DP301 receiver. Both are DVB compliant. The artifacts I’m seeing arecommon to both receivers. The interesting thing though is that the DishNetworks HDTV demo channel, #9443 and the CBS-HD feed from the east coast, onchannel #9453 look great even when viewed using the 480i output to my 24”Sony Wega. The pictures are sharp and crystal clear. In the CBS case,however, the same program in SDTV on channel #243 looks very soft, has lagand poor resolution. Other network feeds such as NBC and ABC are very soft,have lag and poor resolution also.

Is this my imagination or are the pristine images that are being provided bythe various networks, to the two DBS companies, DirecTV and Dish, (nowmerging into one company per FCC approval) being degraded to VHS quality?

With the FCC in a decision last week that all DBS must carry all local TVstations will this further the degradation of the images? When a TV that hasless than 350 lines of resolution displays images with less than 200 lines ofresolution I think it is time to take a closer look at what is happening.When my camcorder images look sharper than what the networks through the DBScompanies are transmitting I can imagine what might happen on the cablecompanies when they standardize on a set-top-box and go digital. Why do we asconsumers have to watch less than VHS quality? What ever happened to truebroadcast quality? If we are to continue into the digital world with digitaltelevision then I think it is time to think about switching over to HDTVbecause even though, at this time, most people only have analog SDTV sets anHDTV picture at 480i resolution looks like studio quality SDTV as seen onstudio monitors.

Distribution of content can take many avenues. Who is going to be thewatchdog for quality control purposes? As we have seen during the 911 crisesonly a minority are receiving images OTA. The broadcaster probably doesn’tknow or even cares about how his signal is being degraded as it is beingdistributed to the viewing public. We would like to hear your comments onthis developing problem.

Roderick
Monday 11th July 2005
2:31 pm U.K.

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Cherie,I hope your son is not too hungry. Let me put it this way, Sony discontinued the AV3400 in 1979. Unless you find a collector who may pay a few dollars, the unit is pretty much worthless. Sorry.

Cherie
Saturday 9th July 2005
11:14 pm U.K.

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Hello there! my first time - so i have available.... SONY Matic Portable Videocorder... Model# AV3400 - NO.TV-122 in a over the shoulder casing. good condition. Could anyone kindly tell me if it is worth anything. My mom is trying to sell all my things at a garage sale right now.... not to happy! but my son needs to eat. thanks in advance for any responses. Cherie

rp
Tuesday 5th July 2005
5:53 pm U.K.

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Till.Rückerli, if you are using this unit as a stand alone recorder you do not need to feed any signal into the external sync connector. The auto off usually occurs if there is moisture present. It may well be that the machine was stored in a garage or outbuilding before your purchase and there is condensation in the machine. Keep the machine in a fairly warm environment for a while. (Like Spain!!!)

Mic Dixon
Monday 4th July 2005
8:20 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone. If anybody is interested in buying a working Lo Band U-matic edit suite, comprising 2 x 5850s, RM 440, 2 x JVC 14" monitors, Tascam mixer, cables and manuals, have a look on ebay. Consumer electronics/professional,studio/video. I used this suite between 1985 and 1995, editing a variety of projects including a number of current affairs programmes for channel 4. I'm really impressed by the passion shown on this site and would like to see these machines go to a good home. Auction on 'til monday 11th July, Best wishes.

Till.Rü[email protected]
Sunday 3rd July 2005
10:46 pm U.K.

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Dear Forum!I bought a very cheap BV-800P. When I try to record the "Auto Off" light lights up for short time and the machine stops.Sometimes, the cassette is loaded, but the tape gets not winded arround the head.What kind of signal should be feeded to the "external sync" connector? Is black burst ok?Unfortunately I havn't a user manual...Thank you in advance

Till

Matthias Thiem
Thursday 30th June 2005
5:59 am U.K.

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Hello U-matic users.I just started to get U-matic stuff and I have Tapes of the Type AMPEX 187 KCA-60 that do not wind corectly in my VO5630 machine, while other Tapes work. So my question is, are there some "well known" Tape types to stay away of because of stickyness or the like?

Thanks in advance, Matthias

Chris
Wednesday 29th June 2005
7:34 am U.K.

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Thanks RP - I looked at and cleaned the pinch roller and it looks to be in good condition with no obvious signs of wear. The problem is occuring with all tapes (whether previously played or not), but they are still fine in pause or search. Would you say that you are reasonably confident that this is a tension/speed issue? Is there anything else that it could be such as signal level?

Does anyone have any documentation on a Sony VO-5630, particularly in relation to tape speed?

rp
Monday 27th June 2005
3:54 pm U.K.

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Chris, I am not sure as I have not owned one of these for a while. I would be loathed to touch anything on those boards. You could try replacing the pinch roller, though. These are all the same for all the desktop U-matics, so it doesn't matter whether it's for a BVU200 or VO5850.

George
Friday 24th June 2005
5:54 am U.K.

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Need Delay Line For Sony DXC 3000 AP Camera new . or card board used

any body know the FREQ ??? MHZ of the Delay Line or can get it from have the Manual please writ

Mark
Wednesday 22nd June 2005
2:37 pm U.K.

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Thanks RP, will check this out today.

prakash
Wednesday 22nd June 2005
7:29 am U.K.

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I'm looking for used PD170p sony camera for sale

Chris
Tuesday 21st June 2005
9:35 pm U.K.

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Hi RP,

Many thanks for your posting on the Umatic PAL site. You have confirmed a suspicion I had on the tension as the belt that drives the actual tape spindles has been replaced. I've had a look to see if I could track down the pots you mention but I couldn't find anything obvious. I wondered if the following info from my investigation helps at all. So..

SY Board - (horizontal at the bottom) only 1 pot, not labelled anything except RV2. This board does have a number of cables that seem to go to the main tape drive motor.

SV Board (vertical) - has about 12 different pots, doesn't have anything marked as back tension, but it does have pots for capstan, drum, slowspeed, trcon, swb, amongst others

YC (vertical board next to SV) - looks to control all the video functions such as chroma, lumiance, gain etc.

Does this help at all? Any thoughts are highly appreciated before I start fiddling!

Regards

Chris

rp
Tuesday 21st June 2005
9:01 pm U.K.

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Mark, check the threading ring is not jamming, i.e. the hinged posts are not becoming trapped anywhere. Also the belt on the threading motor is not slipping/broken. Do not use any lubricant as this can cause even more problems especially if it gets on your tapes and the head drum.

Mark
Tuesday 21st June 2005
7:27 pm U.K.

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Hello all. We are having trouble with a VO-5600 here at our office. We recently purchased the unit from eBay. Slight dent on the side of the unit, was working well until now. The unit will not accept a tape. When inserted, the tape makes it to the base of the pin which will open the tape flap and allow the tape to spool. After this, the tray motor(?) should take over and pull the chassie down with the tape, lifting the tape flap and spooling the tape out. This does not happen with this unit. Once the tape if fully docked it will not budge any further. Is this a problem with the entire chassie, a wiring issue? Any hints would be most appreciated, and I will provide further details if I was inaccurate or unclear with the above. Thank you all for your time.

Regular Contributor
Monday 20th June 2005
6:00 pm U.K.

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This has been said before - this is a forum for people interested in or using the obsolete U-matic video format, NOT the fountain of all knowledge, especially for modern systems such as DVD machines.

ABALLAH
Sunday 19th June 2005
9:12 am U.K.

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hi there sir or madam i have this jvc dvd player with the model number xv-m555bk but when i put on vcd cds the sound comes but when i put dvd cd the sound doesnt come

Roderick
Friday 17th June 2005
7:46 am U.K.

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Peter

The manual for a BVE-600 is a few hundred pages, which I am not going to scan. If you can be more specific what you are looking for, I may be able to help you.

Juriean Brands
Thursday 16th June 2005
4:41 pm U.K.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to get a RF signal (RF OFF TAPE that is) from a BetaMAX ?? I want to connect a Betamax to a TBC for the DOC.

RP
Thursday 16th June 2005
1:11 pm U.K.

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Chris - sounds like tape tension. Should be pot on one of the SY or SV boards, but I cannot remember which. Don't tweak anything until you are sure that it is the right one or you will mess the whole thing up. May be marked "back tension" or something like that.

Chris
Tuesday 14th June 2005
10:09 pm U.K.

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Hi,

I have acquired a Sony VO-5630 to transfer a number of old (roughly 15 years) tapes to a digital format. However, I have an odd problem - on first play the tape generally plays Ok but if I rewind and play it again the picture has gone - audio still plays. Now what is really odd is that if I pause the tape the picture appears and if I fast forward the picture displays fine! Anybody have any ideas what is going on?

Chris

peter
Tuesday 14th June 2005
2:54 pm U.K.

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please could someone help me b4 i go nutz - does ne1 know where i can get a copy of the user manual for a Sony BVE-600? in ne format TIA

thomas
Monday 13th June 2005
3:37 pm U.K.

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Hello collectors,

we offer used Sony DXCM 3294 camera and two video cassette recorders Umatic

simon
Sunday 12th June 2005
12:28 pm U.K.

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i am using Winproxy 2.1 i can't using webcam becouse then i open my friend webcam on my clinet PC show a massage "Sorry, you appear to be behind a firewall and are currently unable to use the Yahoo! Webcam service" . Plzzz Help me as soon as.

Craig Felsman
Sunday 12th June 2005
9:36 am U.K.

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Does anyone know where I can find a site dealing with U-matic problems? l have a Sony V0-5630 with ejecting problems; currently have a tape stuck inside machine still laced-up around head drum that wont come out. Machine plays and records beautifully otherwise. Any info much appreciated!

Juriean Brands
Saturday 11th June 2005
2:40 pm U.K.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to get a RF signal (RF OFF TAPE that is) from a BetaMAX ??I want to connect a Betamax to a TBC for the DOC.

Didier Gzuck
Friday 10th June 2005
10:44 pm U.K.

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Gary Frank Inkman, 63, of Garden Grove, an owner of an electronics repair store, died April 24, 2005, of causes yet to be determined. Visitation: 4-9 p.m. today, MacDougall Family Mortuary, Santa Ana.

RP
Friday 10th June 2005
10:20 pm U.K.

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Jim - the obvious question - is the camera / line switch in the line position?

Jim
Friday 10th June 2005
1:42 pm U.K.

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HI! A question regarding the camera use for a Sony 6800. Unit is immaculate, and seems to perform all functions properly, However when I try to record, no usable image is seen. Perhaps I am trying to use the wrong camera. It is a panasonic WV330 ccd b&w unit with a bmc vidio out. (the camera is fine when connected to a monitor)I am connecting it to the sony's bmc "video in" connector instead of the dedicated "camera" input. Any thoughts? Your help would be appreciated! Jim

RP
Thursday 9th June 2005
4:17 pm U.K.

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Duffy, Start it off at £1 or 1$ or the listing fees may exceed the highest bid! Sorry....

Duffy Johnson
Wednesday 8th June 2005
10:00 pm U.K.

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Hi...I'm looking to sell a VO-2600 on eBay and am trying to get an idea how much to charge. It's in good shape, if a little dusty. I also have 2 dozen tapes, all in very good condition. Any help would be appreciated.

RP
Tuesday 7th June 2005
9:16 am U.K.

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Kevin - it sounds like a sync problem. Have you got an external device plugged in when you are playing the tapes (i.e. spg or camera or another VTR)? Is the mode switch in the "normal" position?

Kevin Flynn
Tuesday 7th June 2005
4:19 am U.K.

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I have a BVU-950 with a problem. I get a rolling horizontal distortion line all through my playback of prerecorded tapes. The line has some video tearing. Also, I get the same with horizontal picture rolling when I record then play back?

What's wrong with my machine? I have no TBC board installed. Does that make the difference? Do I have worn heads? Something else? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Badal
Friday 3rd June 2005
10:13 pm U.K.

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hi

Jean Napoleoni
Friday 3rd June 2005
4:01 pm U.K.

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Bonjour. Je désire vendre 2 magnétos U-matic 1 JVC CR 4400 E , 1 SONY VO 4800 PS .

rein
Thursday 2nd June 2005
10:47 pm U.K.

rein.oosterling@actrix.co.nz

George,

Which Delay line frequency?

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