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Monday 29th September 2008
10:36 pm U.K.


Hi Joe,Is the 'stand-by' light still on? That would normally indicate that the tape hasn't fully loaded which is why it won't eject.Can you play, wind or rewind the tape?

I haven't unloaded a tape manually for a long time but seem to recall there is a worm-wheel on the right hand side of the loading mechanism. You will have to turn that and extremely slowly things will move.

Joe S.
Monday 29th September 2008
6:18 pm U.K.


I have a Sony VO-9800 that won't eject a large shell cassette. The tape is threaded around the head. The TC display shows "Error-02". Does anybody know how to manually unthread and eject the tape? Anybody know what the error code means? Thanks in advance.

Matt Loader
Friday 26th September 2008
8:18 pm U.K.


Hi All,I'm currently disposing of a lot of U-matic recorders / players that I picked up with a job lot I bought...I have the following:VO 5850PBVU 800PVP 5030VO 5800PS

They are untested but have been in storage for some time undisturbed. I'm really looking to cover my costs from this purchase so I'd like 120 for the lot- to be picked up from Milton Keynes...Mail me if you're interested!



Lester Barnes
Thursday 25th September 2008
12:57 pm U.K.


I Have a Sony VO-3630 - if anyone wants it then they can have it gratis. I'm in W1 - It had a service with new pinch rollers etc five years back but has not been used since

Saturday 20th September 2008
8:28 pm U.K.


Hi, brand new in box Sony VO-2630 - any use to anyone?live in London.

Klaus Jensen
Monday 15th September 2008
7:52 pm U.K.



I'm looking for a cheap U-matic player. LO,HI,SP in PAL format, it dossent have to record, but it dossent matter. I will pay for shipment.

Klaus Jensen, Denmark

Thursday 11th September 2008
1:32 pm U.K.


Hello, I am trying to locate a BKU-903 tbc board for a BVU-950P. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.regardsHarrison

Maciek Szymanski
Thursday 11th September 2008
6:46 am U.K.


The analog video technology has became oblotete. That's fact. But from other hand there are still people like us interested in it - for various reasons. And getting information about this technology becomes harder and harder to find. I've set upa bulletin board at memebot.com related to analog video at:


The idea is to be not restricted to one format an cover also other things like cameras or mixers. I hope it will help to build a comunity of analog video users.


Maciek Szymanski
Wednesday 10th September 2008
9:14 am U.K.


Hi Lilah!

You can use any camera with composite output with U-Matic recorder. If you are looking for a tube camera have a look at german e-bay, you will find there few ones, in PAL usually. For example: http://cgi.ebay.de/JVC-Profikamera-KY-1900E_W0QQitemZ180286798741QQihZ008QQcategoryZ21165QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem



If you are going to use a portapack recorder you will need also a 14-PIN camera cable that allows to control the recorder from camera. For studio use a standard BNC coaxial cable is enough. I've two JVC KY-1900E and as it's not a very good camera as compared to Ikes but in good lighting conditions and with properly adjusted registration it gives quite nice picture, especially the halftone reprodustion is really good. It can use any 12V power supply with 4-PIN XLR cable.


Tuesday 9th September 2008
2:43 pm U.K.


Hi all! Nice to be in a forum where I don't have to justify why I like the look of Tube cameras!

I have access to a high band U-matic PAL SP recorder, but I'm desperately looking for a U-matic camera and power supply. To rent or purchase in London. Does anyone have a camera or know of anywhere I could acquire one? Everything I've found online seems to be NTSC or won't ship out of another country.

Wednesday 27th August 2008
7:48 am U.K.


Maciek Szymanski,That what was hoping to hear :)Guess i'll buy a few decks.tx all!

Maciek Szymanski
Tuesday 26th August 2008
6:51 am U.K.


Hi Edo!

The umatic are quite nice to service - the parts are big and not very cludged inside, there is quite good access to everything. Mechanics are quite obvious and control logics easy to figure out. The drum replacement shouldn't be any problem. The drum itself is a problem. You can buy it, but it will cost more than a secon machine. Or two.

Monday 25th August 2008
5:04 am U.K.


Rod, many thanks again.I'll have a look around, but since the TV was government owned back in the umatic days, they have weird regulations and bureaucracy (they would probably have to have a bid for 'purchasing used production equipment' and buyer would have to buy the whole lot or something).Being a person of high technical skill, but no knowledge of the umatic's innards, can the deck be reconditioned 'at home' (i know many of the old betamax vcrs are easily serviced)?how difficult can it be to replace the heads?on the same subject, is there an online site where i can get spares? or is it better to get another deck for parts? can new heads be obtained nowadays?

Friday 22nd August 2008
10:52 pm U.K.


Hi Edo. I don't think there are any U-matic machines with component output, it's all composite. The VO-9*** series do have a 'dub' output, which is basically the same as a S-Video output but you'll have to make up an adaptor as they have different plugs.

The only suggestion I would have to find one in or near Israel is to check with television stations or production houses. Most will have gone over the digital by now and may have some gathering dust in a corner somewhere. A good condition machine shouldn't cost you much more than $400, or at least that is the going rate in Australia ;-)They all show drum hours in the menu so check for those details. When used in a professional environment with good quality tapes, you should get about 1500 hours from the heads.The bigger problem with these ageing machines are the loading mechanisms, make sure the load / unload a tape without too much noise, an indicator it may fail soon.Hope this helps.

Friday 22nd August 2008
6:26 pm U.K.


Rod, thanks for the answer. So my best bet would be 2 v9xxx machines? Does these decks have component output? I am transferring many Umatic Masters for archiving on LTO4 tapes, so the deck must be able to give good picture, and handle over 400 drum hours.Any ideas where i might find good, reliable decks (I'm in Israel, so probably would have to 'blindly' ship one over)?

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


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.

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


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

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


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.

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


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

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


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

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