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Rod
Thursday 21st August 2008
10:36 pm U.K.

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Hi Edo,In short the answer is no. There are a few machines in the VO-7 series that will play PAL & NTSC, but only low-band. The VO-9800 & 9850 will play low, hi & SP but only in PAL or NTSC depending on the model.

edo
Wednesday 20th August 2008
6:52 am U.K.

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Hi,i am looking for a player (dont really need record, wont mind it though) capable of hi lo band + sp.i know some models are pal ntsc, so is there a pal ntsc hi lo sp combo model?if not, i wont mind 1 pal 1 ntsc deck. must be in excellent condition, for digitizing aging tapes.Thanks

Flo
Tuesday 12th August 2008
6:54 am U.K.

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Hey, just use a time base corrector and A/D converter and some basic video program like Sony Vegas. I don't know exactly which unit you use but it probably has a composite out which the TBC should accept, if you don't have a TBC just go into the A/D converter (I use a Datavideo DAC200). Let me know if that works.

Pete
Monday 11th August 2008
5:05 pm U.K.

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Hi allcan anybody advise me of the best way of transferring u-matic tape contents from my Sony 5630 to computer mpeg format.What would be the best connectors/software programmes to use.

Much obliged if you can help.With thanksPete

cenogene
Monday 11th August 2008
4:07 pm U.K.

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Who can help me to find the service manual for the Sony Umatic 7020? Thanks !

Michael Wincott
Thursday 31st July 2008
9:54 am U.K.

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Thank you Munsoor. It was very kind of you to drive down to deliver, and really nice to meet you. Nearly all the machines are in good working order. The DXC-M3 camera works perfectly too.

Munsoor
Thursday 31st July 2008
6:44 am U.K.

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Thanks to the U-Matic PALsite Chatpage!

I found someone to take all the equipment I mentioned above. I didn't know how many people were still using U-Matic equipment - and it surprised me a bit! And I think that everyone will be happy to know the equipment has now found a good home!

Munsoor

Munsoor
Thursday 24th July 2008
1:20 pm U.K.

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Hi. I've got a lot of old u-matic equipment which is being cleared. This includes: Sony VO-5800PS, 5850P, VO-2630, VO-2630, VO-4800PS, RM-580, RM-440, DXC-M3. And lots of tapes.

Is anybody interested? I can deliver in London, or post in the UK for 35. Otherwise it will all have to go to the rubbish dump in the next few weeks (sorry!).

Munsoor

Bren
Monday 21st July 2008
1:11 pm U.K.

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Hi Roderik.Apologies for the spelling mistake on my last post

Bren
Monday 21st July 2008
1:05 pm U.K.

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Hi Rodrick, Ill take your advice on board, however Id just like to point out a spelling mistake I think you made on the last post You made.If Im not mistaken Roderick as You have Posted it should be spelt RODICK with the ER left out, As English Language or spelling was never my strong point I apologise for this

Regards........Bren

NORMAN
Monday 21st July 2008
9:03 am U.K.

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Dear Bren,I have about 6 Umatic editing recorders in my workshop, 3 are SP, and are in exellent working order and have no further use for them, If You are in UK, Shipping is 35 POUNDS sterling,

Roderick
Friday 18th July 2008
10:37 pm U.K.

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Bren,It would probably be helpful if you would let people know where you are. These machines are very heavy and often hard to ship.

Bren Neil
Wednesday 16th July 2008
7:48 am U.K.

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If anyone can help please. Im after a SONY SP umatic editing recorderMust be SP, AND BE ABLE TO VIDEO INSERTMany Thanks

Olivia
Saturday 5th July 2008
4:54 am U.K.

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Thom
Wednesday 14th May 2008
2:04 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

I am trying to find the pinouts for the Sony RM440 U-Matic editing control. I've searched half the internet for it, but can't find it. Can anyone help me?

Kind regards, Thom

Roderick
Thursday 1st May 2008
11:38 pm U.K.

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Or you can find the old posts here:http://www.chatpage.co.uk/umatic/archive.html

Roderick
Thursday 1st May 2008
11:27 pm U.K.

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This is getting very sad!

Did anyone archive these pages before they disappeared?

Craig Felsmann
Thursday 1st May 2008
4:25 am U.K.

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What's happened to the Beta Chat Page?????????Ye, U-matic 'rocks'too!...

Regards, Craig.

Adam
Wednesday 30th April 2008
9:13 pm U.K.

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U-matics rock!

Craig Felsmann
Wednesday 30th April 2008
3:44 am U.K.

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Ken:

Where are you?

mike
Tuesday 29th April 2008
9:12 pm U.K.

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Thanks Roderick, I did look at stanleyson but somehow missed the 60min ones,or my excuse will be they wernt there when i looked!!!Thanks for pointing it out.Regards.MIke.

Francesca
Tuesday 29th April 2008
7:32 pm U.K.

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FREE used U-Matic Tapes, to anyone who wants to collect from Solihull (near the NEC, Birmingham UK)

I don't know much about U-matic things but I hope I came the right place! I am just trying to clear out and it seems a shame to throw these out, I don't have many, about 10 tapes, a mixture of KCA-30, KCA-60 and KCS20,

I picked them up when I was at university and they were clearing them out (it seemed like a good idea at the time), so probably full of peoples media coursework, who knows!! I've dragged these across the country up from brighton, with no way to play them, and now i've given up and want someone to reuse them.

if you want to pay postage I can post them, I just don't want them to go to waste.

please respond ASAP

thanks,

Francesca

Ken
Friday 25th April 2008
10:36 am U.K.

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Hello folks, We are downsizing. I have a Sony Video Cassette Recorder VO-2631 with about 50 Used Tapes (KCA-60s and UCA-60s etc....) and a Service Manual for a JVC CR-8300E. The recorder works.

Roderick
Monday 21st April 2008
10:20 pm U.K.

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Google is your friend!0.27sec found this: http://www.stanleysonline.co.uk/category-100.htm

mike
Friday 18th April 2008
6:30 pm U.K.

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Hi All. Does anybody know were i can buy new sp umatic tapes "big ones" that are longer than 20mins in the uk?I have a VO-9850pMany Thanks.Mike.

Colin99
Saturday 12th April 2008
11:04 pm U.K.

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To Rich re screeching halt:I've had this problem today playing some clapped out tapes on a VP9000 (NTSC). Solutions I have used include:1: Reduce the back tension by adjusting the SKEW control fully to the right. This is a good one!2: Bake the tapes in a good quality fan assisted oven at 50C for 3-4 hours. Run them within 48 hours of the bake process.3: Make sure that the defective tape has not contaminated the machine. Clean the guides and heads with Isopropyl Alcohol and head cleaning sticks (you can buy these from grandata.co.uk). Next, play a known good tape and ensure there is no squealing, even with the SKEW control fully left (maximum back tension). If necessary leave this known good tape playing until all squealing stops, ie the tape has cleaned up the tape path.

After all of the above, try your dodgy tape again. Start by inserting the tape, SKEW control fully to the right, and see if you can get a good freeze frame. If this is OK then the heads are able to spin OK against the tape, and you can try releasing pause to see if it will run without squealing.

If it still squeals after all of the above attempts, you could only try another machine. Sometimes one machine will do this where another won't.

Hope this helps.

Colin (www.video99.co.uk)

Colin99
Sunday 30th March 2008
11:12 pm U.K.

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To Charles re s-video vs dub.

I've been through this myself. There does not seem to be a simple conversion from dub to s-video. There are two ways around this:

Feed the composite signal into a unit with (digital) comb filter. This will extract to s-video and recover virtually all of the signal integrity. I use a GTH Electronics ACE unit, and colour bars played back through this are far better than composite fed straight to a monitor. That said, I've actually found a strange ringing problem between umatic decks and the GTH ACE box which I cured by feeding via another video recorder. It may well be that you can get very good results by going into a video recorder at Composite and out at S-Video, if the machine has a comb filter (analogue or digital). Machines to try are high end SVHS or Hi8 decks from Sony or Panasonic.

The second method would be to feed the dub into a video recorder which supports dub in and s-video out. One or two Betacam decks could do this, and I even have a scrap S-VHS deck which can (the heads are shot but it doesn't matter for this). It's a Panasonic AG7350 or similar, from memory. These old bangers turn up on eBay from time to time, so that's a possibility if you have the space for one.

Hope this helps.

Colin

Blake J
Saturday 29th March 2008
11:03 am U.K.

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Thanks for the info Roderick. I am in Melbourne, I have just ordered some tapes and some power cables. I look forward to setting the units up and learning how they work.

Roderick
Tuesday 25th March 2008
8:32 pm U.K.

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Blake,Welcome to the wonderful world of U-matic! You don't need PAL specific tapes, all U-matic tapes will work with your machines. And yes, they do use normal IEC powercables. If you are in Sydney, I have a pile of old U-matic tapes that are just taking up shelf space, you are welcome to pick them up. They are obviously used but may just get you started.

Blake J
Monday 24th March 2008
7:16 am U.K.

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I just picked up 2 x Sony V05850P machines and have a few questions. These are Australian machines and I assume they are PAL format (Maybe what the P stands for in the model name?). Do I need to purchase PAL specific U-Matic tapes? Can U-Matic tapes be used more than once like conventional VHS tapes? I did not receive power cables with the units but the 3 pin socket looks very much like a computer power cable. Can anyone confirm if they require a special cable or if a computer cable will do the job? Thanks, Blake.

Robert Zacktisson
Thursday 20th March 2008
10:17 pm U.K.

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Hi all! Just got hold of some old stuff.... a VO-6800PS and a BVU-150P. I just have power for the VO-6800, not the BVU. Does someone know the pinouts for the 12v 4 pin XLR power cable for the BVO-150P.

RegardsRobert

Adriano
Sunday 9th March 2008
2:25 pm U.K.

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Hi there everyone!!

I want to sell a JVC U-Matic CR6060ET pal/secam/ntsc Recorder/Player. It is a working machine and flawless. Contact me for photos, info and make your offer.

alex
Wednesday 27th February 2008
11:20 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have a high band ntsc player for sale or for rent have 2 hours of tape to transfer any help much appreciated

Joe Mac
Thursday 14th February 2008
9:24 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have a user or operators manual in photo-copy or PDF format. If not, can you help me understand why the unit I have (VO-7630)is constantly in 'standby' mode - light on. However, I can't see a switch for this or a 'remote' function.

Help appreciated.

Charles Mapleston
Wednesday 13th February 2008
5:50 pm U.K.

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Hello U-matic experts! I have many old U-matic tapes of TV programmes I made which I want to transfer to digital video, hopefully using the DUB output on my U-matic deck (VP-9000P); I know this is similar to S-video but not the same. I have a Sony DUB to S-video cable, but that is only giving me a B&W output. Does anybody know how I can alter the chroma signal to give me a colour output so I can avoid using composite video for my transfers? I believe there may be some 'magic box' available, or perhaps I could build one if it is fairly simple? I'm sure if someone was able to provide such a converter box there could be many customers for it! Thank you in anticipation. Charles

Roderick
Monday 11th February 2008
8:40 am U.K.

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Rich,Older Ampex tapes (80's & early 90's) are rather prone to 'sticky tape syndrome' the most likely cause of your problem. It is caused by the emulsion on the tapes absorbing too much humidity which softens the emulsion and it starts scraping off during play. The tapes can be fixed by extracting the humidity from the tapes. There are commercial places that will do that for you or, if you have a fair bit of time on your hands, you can attempt it yourself. Google 'baking a tape' for useful hints - but do not put a tape in the oven as the search title may suggest!!

Rich
Saturday 9th February 2008
9:21 am U.K.

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I have a few Ampex tapes that will only play half way through before coming to a literal screeching halt on my VP5030. The unit has only just been serviced and is otherwise in perfect working order. Has anyone got any idea what could be causing this and if there is a fix for it what would the fix be?

Clinton
Saturday 9th February 2008
3:55 am U.K.

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has any one got any PAL vo-6800ps, vo-8800ps in Australia please email [email protected]

no ebay, private sellers only.thanks

Colin99
Monday 4th February 2008
10:04 pm U.K.

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To Dave, re VO9600.

See my posting of 6th Sept. I found with this fuse blown and no 5V supply, that the LED timecode readout was not working on a VO9000 (similar but different model). I would suspect that the 5V line might be missing on your VO9600. You should see the LED display operate without a tape inserted.

Colin (www.video99.co.uk)

Gus
Monday 4th February 2008
1:43 pm U.K.

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Dave: Don't forget to leave the machine in power on at least by one day, this assures that it is not going to have humidity problems due to the much time without working. This it is a cheap and safe method, agree?Hope this info help you.Best regards,Gus.-

Dave
Sunday 3rd February 2008
8:58 pm U.K.

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I just read my above message and realised it doeasn't mention the model. Doh.

It's a Sony VO-9600P and it is for sale on Ebay at the moment, but I will have to revise if the LED is knacked.

Cheers

Dave

Dave
Sunday 3rd February 2008
8:39 pm U.K.

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Hi there

I need some advice. My question is this:

When the machine is switched on, there is no red LED counter displayed. It's been years since I used one of these machines and I can't remember if the counter comes on once a tape is inserted. As you may have guessed, I don't have a tape to try it out. Is the timecode display knackered or am I right about the need to insert a tape first before it lights up?

Thanks in Advance

Dave

Gus
Saturday 2nd February 2008
7:21 pm U.K.

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To bebop1065 and anyone else that want to try to back to life any of this beauties, those that has been left per indetermine time on the attic or basement: don't be scared (have no fer)in leaving the machine in power on and in stop position during one or two days before operating them; the normal heat (warm) produced by th machine itself, will evaporate the humidity that affects the efficiency of solenoids and most important, the parasitic capacitances of the electronic boards, wich shifts the adjustments made at factory, and will soften the lubricants of the mechanism too.It worked on my machine, that was stored since 1998!

Gus
Saturday 2nd February 2008
6:47 pm U.K.

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I've purchased recently a SONY VO-2631 machine. Works perfect, thanks God, but i want futher information about this format, like gaps sizes, head positions, pin assignment of inputs and outputs, where to download the Owner's and service manuals of the VO-2631.

Thanking in advance,Gus Argibay.-

glyn
Thursday 31st January 2008
9:33 pm U.K.

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hi, anyone know the pin to pin connections to connect a RM-440 to a VO5850P and VO5800PS CHEERS

Hershe
Tuesday 22nd January 2008
7:02 pm U.K.

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After migrating 50 tapes with no problem, the picture on our borrowed BVU800 went blank. We replaced the video cable and had video for the first 3 minutes of our next tape before it went blank. Any ideas/advice would be most appreciative. We have 85 more tapes in the collection to digitize.

bebop1065
Thursday 17th January 2008
7:30 pm U.K.

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Correction.

The machine is NOT an A4772008 but rather a VP2000.

Thanks,bebop

bebop1065
Thursday 17th January 2008
7:20 pm U.K.

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Hi guys,

I found an old A4772008 in the basement at work. It rewinds, fast forwards, ejects and pauses. It just won't play anything. It seems that the drive motor isn't engaging the take-up reel.

It won't play the full-size or the smaller size tapes. I have no idea why it was put on the storage shelf or when it was last used.

Any ideas?

Thanks,bebop

Roderick
Thursday 10th January 2008
8:30 pm U.K.

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Nyquest, How are you watching the tapes? Are you using the 'Monitor' output or the 'Video' output? Is it going straight into a monitor or through a digital device?

Blockiness is normally associated with digital pictures and the VO-9800 is a analog machine.... If you are feeding the signal into a digital capturing device, my guess would be that that is where the problem sits. Try to connect the machine directly to a video monitor and see what happens. And if you could post a picture of the 'effect' somewhere, that could help people solving the problem.

Cheers

Nyquest
Tuesday 8th January 2008
1:30 pm U.K.

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Hi I have a VO 9800P.I am getting blocky video output on high contrast areas at random points in my tapes (6 different tapes)However if a crossfade happens at one of these points the "blockyness" dissaperas as though it only occurs at certain frequencys??I am no expert on this, will a head cleaner sort this. Machine bought from MVS video supposed to have had a service we have only used it 3 times since now this apperas but only had 3 months warranty (bought 6 months ago)Thanks in advance.

Dave.

Maciek Szymanski
Monday 17th December 2007
3:45 pm U.K.

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Andrea:

What do you mean by "U-matic camera" - a camera that can work with a U-matic recorder or a U-matic camcorder? You can use any camera with composite output with U-matic. If it's broadcast camera with 14 or 26-pin socket you can hook it up to the portable U-matic and you have an ENG setup (you can control your camcorder from your camera, review recordings in viewfinder etc.). As for camcorders I've never hared about U-matic camcorder or camera dockable recorder. I suppose they has been introduced with Betacam. In the golden age of U-matic, and even in early Betacam usage the ENG setup was camera + portapack recorder + optional batery belt to power everyting :-).

Joe
Monday 10th December 2007
12:55 am U.K.

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Wanted - Sony VO-9600P or VO-9850P decks in serviceable condition. Will pay good price for these decks if anybody has any. Thanks

francois
Monday 3rd December 2007
9:16 pm U.K.

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Good evening Colin99 . I 've worked with BVU high band in SECAM in french TV station FR3 (now france3) . I remember the machines were the same as PAL but you have to change one (or more) of the 3 long circuitboard to convert the machine in SECAM . Regards Francois

jonas sorman
Thursday 29th November 2007
8:43 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

I'm looking to sell a U-matic BVU-820 + BVT800. Do you know what they are going for these days.

Sincerely,

Jonas Sorman

Andrea
Wednesday 28th November 2007
5:41 am U.K.

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I've been tasked to look for a U-matic camera. Can anyone here fill me in? Are there any for rent or for sale anywhere? The only site I could find that used the words camera and U-matic is in Kathmandu.

Francesco C
Wednesday 28th November 2007
1:30 am U.K.

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>>Evenin' all. Cool site by the way. I've just bought (aka rescued) a U-Matic recorder/player (funnily enough) from a guy in Stoke. Being a film & tv student in my 2nd year - i'm not even in the low band category when it comes to knowing about VTR tech in detail...but I am learning.Can't seem to find any info on the net about this deck and nor does anyone else. When I research how it works I plan to record onto it on playback tapes on it. Therefore it would be great if someone could give me some info on this machine such as its' specific spec, year of make, common errors, dos' and don'ts' etc. This is my first u-matic buy as I am beginning to collect old pro and broadcast tech, and impress the uni girls...haha maybe not.There seems to be so much conflicting info about U-matics. I read on one site that Broadcast Video U-matics came out in the early 80s'...yet on another that BVUs' came out in exactly 1976, which is also when the 200s' came out. Could my u-matic be one of the first High Bands?Any feedback good. Thanks for reading. :-)

Unit notes:SONY BVU 200PNo: 11438

Tom
Tuesday 13th November 2007
5:14 pm U.K.

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Anybody out there who has a KC-1C Cleaning Cassette to spare?

delta925
Sunday 28th October 2007
1:55 pm U.K.

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I have a VP 5030 now basically working after replacing drive belt athough still struggling on rewind, but of course after 25+ years tapes could be stiff too.

I have tapes from two sources and one is a studio production. To get the tapes to track I have the tracking control fully anticlockwise and possibly need to go further.

I am guessing the nominal tracking point on this machine has drifted and somewhere inside the centre point of the front control can be adjusted.Hence can anyone please point me to the correct PCB and part reference(s) for the internal adjustment trimmer(s)?

Thank you in advance.

Roderick
Tuesday 23rd October 2007
10:23 pm U.K.

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Hi Glenn,The menu's on a VO-9800 only show up on the monitor output AND need a video signal at the input. Then switch the machine to 'Local", make sure the 'Search dial" is in 'Jog' mode and off you go! 'Menu' + 'Search' = step through the menu's, 'Data' + 'Search' = Change settings and hit 'Set' to store the settings.

glenn
Tuesday 23rd October 2007
10:01 am U.K.

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Hi, Just got a Sony u-matic vo-9800. Anyone know where i can obtain the menu codes? cant seem to get video out in any usable form. ebay seller says works perfectly, so assuming something is not set up properly. thanks!

katherine
Tuesday 23rd October 2007
3:59 am U.K.

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My u-matic JVC deck suddenly only sends out a picture that is completely snow! Audio is okay but video useless. I cleaned the heads but no improvement. Any tips?

Lance
Sunday 21st October 2007
3:12 am U.K.

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Hello All,

I was currious if anyone has any old reel to reel video spools,N1500,N1700 tapes lying about they might want to part with ? I am currently researching vintage video formats for a anthropological video research project of mine, any assistance or material presented would be much appreciated. Please feel free to e-mail if anyone can help.Thank You for Your Time.

Cheers, Lance.

Tom
Monday 15th October 2007
11:56 pm U.K.

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I have a question I hope someone can help me with; is the Audio Monitor minijack on a VP-5020 mono or stereo? Thanks.

reglain
Monday 15th October 2007
6:18 pm U.K.

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VO 5630 and BVU 950P for sale - used in audio post - make an offer

James
Sunday 14th October 2007
6:35 pm U.K.

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Colin: I have a capacitor wizard, which works quite well, with a needle movement indicating good, compare or bad. Not quite as good as your Atlas. I have found that all the surface mount electrolytics needed replacing in my Panasonic, and Panasonic actually sell capacitor kits (an expensive way to buy caps). I retro fit standard radial caps. As long as the original caps haven't leaked and you don't damage tracks after removing the old onesI always thought secam couldn't be edited and had to be transcoded to PAL.In this manual i have, it mentions a secam high band alignment tape (RR5-1SB-SECAM) as well as the pal high band alignment tape (RR5-1SB-PAL), leading me to think they were recorded different. The manual also refers to a 924khz colour under sub carrier, but i think this is the same for PAL high-band as well. So, i'm not sure...I'm sure with 1" C format, it recorded the same as PAL and we changed a card on the input, to secam in and a card on output to get secam out. A lot of Sony stuff was denoted 'PS' pal/secam.Will post if i find out more about HB/SP secam.

Sebastien Martinez
Wednesday 10th October 2007
10:22 am U.K.

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Hello, I have a VO6800 recorder and i would like to know wich kind of tapes fits with it, and where i can buy them

thank you

colin99
Tuesday 9th October 2007
6:38 pm U.K.

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James:Re capacitors, have you tried a Atlas ESR60? Perhaps borrow one (they cost 89 to buy). It's a magic unit which tests the Effective Series Resistance of capacitors, see mine here:http://www.colin99.co.uk/extras/jvc_psu_3.jpgAs you can see, it's detected a duff capacitor in a JVC power supply, in this case low value but several others in the PSU had the right value but terrible ESR. A session with one of these may show up more capacitor trouble in your old Panasonic.

Re the Umatic Secam High-band: What I'm trying to find out is whether Secam High-band or SP recordings, are still is Secam. They may be transcoded to PAL for the recording then back again at playback. I know low band Secam recordings really are Secam recordings, but High-band and SP may not be. Are there any hints in the user manual?

By comparison, crummy old VHS records Secam as a Secam recording. But slightly less crummy S-VHS records Secam as PAL, so a PAL S-VHS player will play a recording from a Secam S-VHS recorder.

I'm trying to find out whether I need a High Band/SP Secam Umatic player to be able to cover all Secam Umatic tapes. Tricky eh? From what I can see, Secam wasn't used much in studios, they tended to work in PAL because it's easier to edit with, then convert to PAL at the transmit stage.

Regards,

Colin

Erasmo
Friday 5th October 2007
3:28 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have a PAL U-MATIC deck available for sale?

James
Wednesday 3rd October 2007
12:41 pm U.K.

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Thanks, will keep an eye out for an FS -200, as there seems to be a problem with my AG-8600, despite changing all the bad capacitors. Another model that has built in TBC and is of pro quality is the AG-4700

Regarding secam high band U-matic, i have a manual for the BVU-50S, which is a high band secam portable u-matic from 1979. I think there was a secam version of the BVU -200 as well.

colin99
Sunday 30th September 2007
9:54 pm U.K.

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To James re VHS with TBC:I'm impressed with a Panasonic NV-FS200 I picked up on eBay for next to nothing. The TBC can perform nothing short of miracles on some otherwise unplayable tapes, and the Digital Dropout Compensator is a real bonus too. I've once had a multi-generation tape though which played better with the TBC switched off. The FS200 is a TBC-equipped version of the FS88 (I have one of those too).

PS: Re that VP9000 Umatic I repaired (just to get back on topic!), I measured the current through the N25 ICP (fuse) to the 5V rail derived on the servo panel and it was around 240mA. It is now fitted with the proper N25 having obtained some cheaply from Cricklewood Electronics.

PPS: Still looking for an answer as to whether SECAM recordings existed in High/SP band, or was it only on Low Band where SECAM was recorded differently to PAL onto the tape?

Colin

serpico009
Friday 28th September 2007
6:27 pm U.K.

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thanks Roderick, giving it a try now. It gets used infrequently here at the office to dub copies from old SP masters, it may collect some dust. But god knows what it went through before we bought it! They're easy to replace cause the used ones are fairly cheap in the US but the catch is you end replacing them after a year. I'm fairly competent in a DIY, learn-as-you go kind of way but I don't have the skills to fix these things or replace parts.

Roderick
Thursday 27th September 2007
10:25 pm U.K.

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Serpico,It sounds like the machine you are using has had a rough life! Have you tried cleaning the heads? When you do, make sure to also clean the ACE head (big black thing in the tape path before the drum). It reads the control pulses from the tape which could be the cause of the 'rolling picture'.

serpico009
Thursday 27th September 2007
5:17 pm U.K.

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Buckethead: Thanks so much, that did the trick! I had to do it 3 or 4 times but it finally worked. Once the tape was retracted I just manually ejected it using the wheel, no problem.

But (there's always a but!) a new problem has arisen: very bad picture output! I've tried both of the vid outs (2) and it is outputting a very noisy picture, lots of static/snow and some rolling bars.

The signal goes from the Umatic to a VCR and from the VCR to the monitor. I checked all the connections and the bad signal originates from the Umatic. I fear I did something irreprable when I fixed the other problem.

colin99
Wednesday 26th September 2007
11:01 pm U.K.

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SECAM on Umatic:Can someone answer this please: We all know that PAL and NTSC recordings can be in low, high band or SP. But I've only ever seen SECAM on low band machines. Is this because (like VHS to S-VHS) SECAM was not natively supported by the High Band and SP machines, but instead transcoded to PAL for recording?

The reason this matters is I want to be able to cover every possible Umatic tape, and SECAM High/SP seems elusive, hopefully because it doesn't exist.

Thanks for any help,

Colin

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colin99
Wednesday 26th September 2007
10:32 pm U.K.

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Re VP9000: Fixed it! The 5V supply from the servo panel, which is distributed to logic around the machine, is derived from a 12V line via a discreet regulator. In the circuit is a N25 semiconductor fuse, that's 1A fast-blow. It was reading 600 Ohms. I replaced it for tonight with a subminiature 1A glass fuse and the machine runs fine. I'll order up a N25 fuse later.

How about that, and without a service manual!

Colin

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colin99
Wednesday 26th September 2007
5:36 pm U.K.

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VP9000 not running - help!I've bought a VP9000 (USA model) which I need urgently for playing some NTSC High Band tapes. The machine arrived in a strange state, the loading ring was almost completely laced up despite no tape being in there and the carriage being up. I powered up the machine on a big 110V transformer, and the head drum sat there spinning. Dolby and SP LEDs lit on the front but no other lights (ie no counter display), which is all very wrong.

I wound the loading ring back to the start position and powered up again, and usually the head would just spin (eventually going slower but never stopping). Occasionally at power up the loading motor would run for a moment so getting it closer to the almost-laced position again. No other response.

I suspect a PSU fault but have no diagrams for this model. Any help most appreciated. Anyone else seen this kind of problem?

Thanks!

Colin

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Werner
Friday 21st September 2007
4:59 pm U.K.

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Hi all,I've got a serious problem concerning my Vo-5800PS.When I insert the tape, it goes in fine, but when it is in, it automatically start Fast-Forwarding the tape. Pressing the Stop or any other key doesn't do anything. After 1,5 minutes of tape forwarding it stops.None of the key work now, except the Eject key (which is a relief :-)).But I can't get the tape to Rewind or Play.Anyone had this issue before, or even better, know how to solve this?Thanks for your respons(es).Werner

colin99
Friday 21st September 2007
3:59 pm U.K.

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Wanted

I require a working NTSC Umatic player (or recorder) which can accept large and small tapes. Importantly it must be able to play High Band / SP format recordings, so the VP5030 and similar machines are unsuitable. What would be appropriate would be an NTSC VO-9600 or VP-9000 designed for the USA market for example. The 110V mains requirement is not an issue.

Price must be sensible including UK shipping.

Cheers all,

Colin

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buckethead
Friday 21st September 2007
1:48 pm U.K.

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serpico009, try this : Remove the top cover. Pop up the hinged pc board that covers the reel table. What you need to do is activate the optical cam sensors (side by side at 1 o'clock). I found it easiest to do if you remove the single screw from the sensor mounting bracket and swing it up for access. You might be able to do it in place, if you have the patience and dexterity. Cut a piece of cardboard from a cereal box, about three or four inches long and 1/4 inch wide, and bend it to form an L shape. Starting with the power off, insert the cardboard L into the left sensor only (the one closest to 12 o'clock). Keeping that sensor activated, rotate or push the cardboard tool so that both left and right sensors are activated. Next, remove the tool from both sensors and the unit should unload the tape.

serpico009
Wednesday 19th September 2007
4:20 pm U.K.

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Roderick, sorry my wording was a bit convoluted. I have the Umatic hooked up to a VCR, and I'm recording VHS copies from some of our older Beta-SP masters. Def not jamming a VHS tape into the Umatic!

Buckethead, first off awesome name! My friend and I have gotten way into "The Elephantman's Alarm Clock", great album. We've gone through 3 used Umatic units within the past 2 years or so, and in at least one case it was because of a cracked or worn out belt (which a local repair shop would have fixed for $300!). I've had this happen before when I let the tape Umatic tape run to the end, and have fixed it by alternating between FF and RW until the tape catches.

"I manually activated the final loading solenoid and that unloaded the tape so it could be ejected." I'd like to try this, what should I be looking for inside the unit?

Thank you again, you guys are princes.

come
Wednesday 19th September 2007
3:53 pm U.K.

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Hi there Umatic fans ;)

I was wondering if there is any way to remotely control a VO-5800PS (which has a 33 pins remote connector) with traditional 9pin rs422 protocol? Via wiring or via a convertion box?

Thanks!

buckethead
Wednesday 19th September 2007
3:01 am U.K.

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craig, nigel and serpico009 : I have a sony vo-9600 which was doing the same thing, loading the tape and then locking into standby mode. I manually activated the final loading solenoid and that unloaded the tape so it could be ejected.

What caused the problem was the belt located at 9 o'clock on the reel table (12 o'clock being the rear of the unit). When the belt gets old and stretched it loses the necessary bite to move the tape loading arm to the final lock-in. My replacement belt was a square .075 x 4.4".

With no cassette in the unit, the composite ring with a wide cam to trip the two side by side sensors activates both. Note the sensors at about 1 o'clock. When a tape is put in and lowered by the loading motor, the cam is rotated to the rightmost sensor only. When play is pressed and the loading arm loads the tape around the head, the cam should rotate and activate the leftmost sensor only. With the belt stretched or slipping, the cam will stop just short of the leftmost sensor and voila, "standby mode" is activated.

Hope this helps !!

Roderick
Tuesday 18th September 2007
9:42 pm U.K.

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Serpico, this doesn't make sense!You're playing a VHS tape in a U-matic machine? Where does the Betacam tape comes into play?What machines are you using?

Anyway, if you are using old stock it may be suffering from 'sticky tape' syndrome. Try manually resetting and ejecting the tape by turning the worm wheel on the right hand side of the loading mechanism. Takes a while and is boring but your best bet.

serpico009
Tuesday 18th September 2007
3:54 pm U.K.

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Afternoon, I'm hoping someone has advice for the following problem

I was dubbing a VHS tape from a VO-9600, using a Beta SP tape. The Beta SP tape played to the end and now will not eject, rewind, fast forward, etc. The Umatic is in standby mode. I've had the top and bottom of the unit off to see what could be done; the tape is still wrapped around the drum head, and it looks like possibly there is not enough tape/slack left for the unit to catch? At any rate, when powered on the head spins for about 2 seconds then whirrs to a stop. If I press and hold rewind when powering the unit up, the indicator light illuminates briefly and then the unit goes into standby mode. Is it possible to manually rewind the tape when it is in this psition?

doctor
Monday 17th September 2007
12:43 pm U.K.

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The Value of home recordings

Do you have tapes full of old TV shows you recorded in the seventies? Don't throw everything away without looking!

This may come as a surprise to some, but TV studios until recently did not keep tapes of everything. The tape was expensive and so it was recycled, or thrown away. Some well-known examples of series with episodes gone missing are "Dad's army" (one or two episodes missing) and "The avengers" (first series missing) and "Doctor Who" (over a hundred missing episodes).

If you are about to junk your early tapes, check http://www.missing-episodes.com first. Just to make sure.

James
Tuesday 4th September 2007
9:52 pm U.K.

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Hello, anyone have any experience using the BVT-810P TBC with the the VO-5850P or VO-9600P u-matic (low band). I know the BVT-810P is intended for use with BVU high band/sp u-matics.There was never a low band machine with TBC and just working out best way to transfer some low band tapes. I also believe the VO-9600P would give a better picture than the older VO-5850P.Also, off topic, looking at transfering vhs-dvd using machine with TBC, for a better transfer. A good machine that comes to mind is the Panasonic AG-8600 (player with built in TBC), i believe one of the last industrial models Panasonic made. My question is, do domestic machines give a better picture (forgetting about TBC) due to HQ circuits and similar playback enhancements that perhaps the older industrial machines dont have. Modern vhs decks seem to give a very good picture with very little dropout. Obviously, a domestic machine doesnt allow for connection of external TBC.Any thoughts on best machine for transfer? I always rate the Panasonics over the JVC and Sony, but the Panasonics are prone to cap failure.

Andy
Monday 3rd September 2007
12:37 pm U.K.

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I would go for eBay. Everything sells over there.

O Web
Thursday 30th August 2007
5:02 pm U.K.

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Hello-I'm trying to sell two U-Matic players- one is a VP-7020 player and the other is a VO-9850 player/recorder. They both work great.

Would anybody know of a good place to post this info? Or is anybody interested, perhaps?

Thanks!

Roderick
Monday 20th August 2007
10:19 pm U.K.

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Hi Jonothan, Welcome! There should be no problem connecting the 'Video out' to the 'Video in' of your flatscreen. You won't need a 'magic' box. Could you possibly have used the wrong connector on your Scart? Some of them are confusing with their labelling. Or, as most flatscreens have multiple inputs, just try a normal 'Video in' to make sure all is working.The TV 8-pin connector has the same signal as the 'Video out'. It was an old system which connected both inputs and outputs to modified TV's to allow you to record 'off-air'.

Jonathan Shine
Monday 20th August 2007
10:20 am U.K.

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Hi There! Great Site! I recently obtained a SONY VO-5800 and need any assistance anyone can give me in hooking this up to a flatscreen tv. I recently tried with a BNC (with Phonos) from the output BNC slot on the Umatic to a scart input on the monitor but no signal was recieved. I'm sure I need some kind of analogue to digital converter box but I also notice there is an 8-pin "TV" slot on the back of the player. Does anyone know if I can get this "TV" lead from anywhere, and if so, whether it will allow me to receive a picture on my flatscreen? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks.

Eric Schwab
Thursday 16th August 2007
5:24 pm U.K.

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Hi,I have a Sony VP-7020 that currently has a tape stuck in it. It will not eject nor play, rewind or fast forward. I know there is a work around if you open it up, but I want to do it correctly. Can anyone help?

Thanks.Eric

Andy Princz
Monday 13th August 2007
6:50 am U.K.

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Hi there,Looks like the gears shifted (moved, jumped) during shipping and must restore them to their original position.Meantime I did find a manual for the U-Matic, so I hope my tech guy can fix it.

GreetingsAndy

Roderick
Sunday 12th August 2007
10:50 pm U.K.

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Andy,

What do you mean by 'timing for VO-5800 '?

Andy Princz
Wednesday 8th August 2007
10:45 am U.K.

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Hi, URGENT!!!!!!!!Does anybody knows where one can instructions for timing the VO-5800 PS??

ThanksAndy

Maciek Szymanski
Saturday 4th August 2007
9:48 pm U.K.

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My VO-5850 recorder has problems with sound recording. As I don't have the service manual nor schematic I've to do some reverese-engineering ;-) and I'm not sure about head functions of this machine. There are two linear heads and I suppose taht one is combined record/playback head for audio and CTL tracks and the other one is the erase head. Or I'm worng?

Maciek Szymanski
Saturday 4th August 2007
9:44 pm U.K.

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Natale, I'm afraid I can't help to much - I don't know VO-6800 mechanism. The question is if there is no tension signal due to the swith failure or the mechanism failure. Have you looked at the open machine when the failure occurs? Is the switch activated or not? And when the failure occurs - just after the tape load or during the play operation?

Maciek

Andy Princz
Friday 3rd August 2007
1:31 am U.K.

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Hi there,Just purchased a Sony VO-5800 PS recorder, it all looked good and very promising till we put the cass in. It starts up and loads ok but the minute it wraps itself around the drum it reverses everything and pulls the tape back like I was shutting it off. (The recorder does not shot itself off).Any help will be appreciated. Got my technician trying to figure it out but this is the first time he's seen a 3/4" machine.ThanksAndy

colin99
Thursday 2nd August 2007
7:00 pm U.K.

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Anyone know of a high-band mod for the VP5040? In particular I want to be able to play high band NTSC tapes (I already have a high/sp machine for PAL). Thanks for any help.

colin

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Stone
Thursday 2nd August 2007
5:54 pm U.K.

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Hi, does someone knows the new-prices of the U-Matic-machines an the year of production (starting production) ?

Natale
Wednesday 1st August 2007
3:16 pm U.K.

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To Maciek Szymanski

Hi Maciek. First of all, I thank You for Your answer.

However, I have tried to clean the Tension Regulator switch, but nothing is changed.

In my opinion the problem can concern the playback tension, therefore, the tension regulator solenoid or the tension regulator arm.

I attend Your opinion.

Thank You in advance for any suggestions.

Natale

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