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


has any one got any PAL vo-6800ps, vo-8800ps in Australia please email cjradloff76@yahoo.com.au

no ebay, private sellers only.thanks

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


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)

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


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.-

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


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.



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


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


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


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!

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


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.-

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


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

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


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.

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



The machine is NOT an A4772008 but rather a VP2000.


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


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?


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


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.


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


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.


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



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 :-).

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


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

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


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.


Hi all,

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


Jonas Sorman

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


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.


>>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

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


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

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