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Tuesday 14th October 2008
2:07 pm U.K.


I have some technical service manual U-MaticRM 440, VO 6800PS , VO 5850P/S, VO 5630, VO 4800P/S, DXC 3000P, CMA 8, BVE 600 (operation manual only)If you need it, please contact me

Monday 13th October 2008
5:00 pm U.K.


hi. my u-matic sp sony say: eoor-20. somebody knows this error? this errror was after error-02

thank you

Maciek Szymanski
Monday 13th October 2008
9:05 am U.K.



In U-Matcis timecode is passed through RS-232 interface. Normally timecode from the player and the recorder and used as reference for controlling the machines. Your EC-740 is a three machine controller. I don't know this particular unit, but generally it's intended for controlling two players and one recorder. If your audio equipment has RS-232 interface and timecode you may use as a secon player for performing audio inserts. There should be also some GPI outputs on the controller. These outputs can be used for controlling other equipment, and switching functions of the machines. The setup generally depends on what you want to do with it.

John Evans
Sunday 12th October 2008
5:44 pm U.K.


Ok, thanks for the info. The controller is a FOR.A EC-740.I think this will work?

SO, if we set it up like that as an edit suite, can I get a timecode and clock out of it somewhere to sync our audio recorder?

Jeremy Emmerson
Thursday 9th October 2008
9:05 am U.K.


Hi All

I have 2 Sony 5000 series that I am wanting to sell. Problem....I and the machines are in South Africa and I'm guessing that most of you are alsewhere in the world. Anyway one is a VO 5800 PS and the other is a VO 5630. I've never used them. But I picked them from a Director friend who I know only used them for play back and the odd showreel transfer. Any one interested?

Maciek Szymanski
Thursday 9th October 2008
7:03 am U.K.


Hi John!

To set up an edit suite you will need following connections:

- Controller to PLAYER with 9-pin RS-232 cable (or 33-pin parallel).

- Controller to RECORDER with 9-pin RS-232 cable (or 33-pin parallel).

- Video from PLAYER out to RECORDER in. Best will be with a 7-pin DUB cable, but a standard BNC composite cable will do. You will have more picture degradation.

- Audio from PLAYER out to RECORDER in with two XLR to XLR cables.

- Video and audio monitor from PLAYER to monitor (special monitor/TV socket).

- Video and audio monitor from RECORDER to monitor (special monitor/TV socket).

You may add some additional eqipment (mixers, titler, video processor etc) in video and audio route between PLAYER and RECORDER. Also sometimes controller may use a reference video signal from PLAYER or RECORDER for synchronisation, especially if used with TBC, but it's not required.

John Evans
Wednesday 8th October 2008
8:11 pm U.K.


At School we have a BVU -800 and a BVU-820, we are trying to figure out how to hook them up. We have an edit controller( It's not a sony controller though, can't remember what it is) We also have portable deck, camera and a couple of monitors. We want to set it up to synchronise with our digital audio suite. We have the 9-pin cables and so on, so any advice?

Monday 6th October 2008
4:11 pm U.K.


My name is sauronbaggins@yahoo.co.uk

Joe S.
Thursday 2nd October 2008
5:40 pm U.K.


I solved the threading and eject problem. I spoke by phone to a professional video service tech at Sony's service center in New Jersey, USA who knew the VO-9800 backwards and forwards. Yes, there is a worm gear attached to a belt driven pulley that moves the threading actuator. In the VO-9800, that worm gear is on the left hand side of the machine. And yes, it takes forever to unthread the tape as it is a gear reduction type setup. After winding all the threading arms back to their initial postions, I wound the tape elevator gear by hand to eject the cassette. I powered the deck up and all error codes had been cleared. The deck has been working for the last three days with no problems.

Joe Aragon
Wednesday 1st October 2008
6:27 pm U.K.


I have a problem with the dynamic tracking of a BVU-820 recorder. I'am going through the alignment of DT board, does anybody have any ideas of getting rid of the noise on the screen when you use the suttle control when you go frame by frame. We use these U-Matic to record date on the side of the imiage. so if the imiage has a noise in the imiage we lose the data.

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.

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