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Friday 22nd January 2010
9:51 pm U.K.


John, you may find that the tapes are recorded in 'High Band' and your VO5030 only plays 'Low Band'. This will give you the picture but only in B&W because of the way the colour signal is recorded. The only option you have is to find a machine that plays 'High Band' such as the BVU's or VO98** series. Sorry.Think of it as playing a stereo tape through a mono amplifier, it is never going to be stereo!

John Jebb
Monday 18th January 2010
1:59 pm U.K.


I have NTSC tapes and a Sony VO 5030 which can play NTSC tapes through my ADVC 300 to my computer. I am in the UK. Beautiful pictures but all the tapes will only play in B&W. Anyone know of an engineer with experience of U-Matics or have suggestions. I have tried all the knobs and switches with no success. I assume it's the deck as the ADVC works fine.

Thanks, John

Jeff Benard
Sunday 17th January 2010
7:40 pm U.K.


I have some vintage 1/2 inch helical scan industrial videotape unopened ampex 194 2400 DD if anyone is interested in them .

Saturday 16th January 2010
1:21 am U.K.



Friday 15th January 2010
8:59 pm U.K.


For all those people with 'Standby' issues on the umatics. Normally this means that the tape hasn't fully threaded. This can be because of a multitude of things. A few things to look for are:

-Is the tape path clean and can the tape be fully threaded

-Check the contact switches along the threading path

-Are there any loose connections or wires? If the unit has been shipped recently that could be the problem. Check all connections, best if you pull the connector out and then reset.

Good luck

Friday 15th January 2010
6:47 pm U.K.


Looking for a service agent in the Boston / Providence area who could help with a SONY VO9600P, comes on in StandBy mode, and won't hop out. Or, if there is a simple fix, I'd love to know too. Thanks

Monday 11th January 2010
10:45 pm U.K.


We have a SONY VP-9000 3/4" U-Matic Player. When we turn the power on, it comes on okay, but when we hit "Play", the unit goes into standby mode. If we hit "Play" and then "Pause" immediately, we can see a picture coming through to the computer, but then if we hit "Play" again, it goes straight back into standby. Is there something that we are missing?

Saturday 9th January 2010
11:48 pm U.K.


RE: VO-5850. Just hook it up like any other video recorder. Video Out to PC Video in, etc. You may need a BNC - RCA adaptor, available at all electronic stores.

Paul Smyth
Monday 4th January 2010
11:41 am U.K.


Hi I have just been given a sony vo 5850 which I intend to use for my animations and music production does any one have any good advice for connecting it to a PC and VT purchace, I'm based in Tyneside ;)

Many Thanks

Guy Jean Genevier
Friday 1st January 2010
4:44 am U.K.


I have a Sony U Matic VO 6800 PAL/SECAM (France-EU) with the bag, but no batteries. I don't use it, so if somebody is looking for this machine send me an offer. I am located in France - Marseille.

Will Ward
Wednesday 16th December 2009
1:26 pm U.K.


Hello, I have a lot of used u-matic tapes, production and editing kit, plus Ronford Baker heavy duty tripods in flight cases, its all surplus to requirements. However I do need to transfer quite a few of my u-matic archive to DV (could be as many as 200 x 20min tapes). Perhaps a deal could be struck?

Sunday 13th December 2009
12:17 am U.K.


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Brian Grant
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
12:00 am U.K.


Hi everyone. I'm new to the site. I have just been given a Umatic 9600 SP. It looks in immaculate condition and I need to transfer a number of old Umatics to digital. When I play a tape, I get what looks like a half picture on the monitor. I can make out the image but it feels like a sync problem of some sort. Cleaned the heads as described in an online manual but the problem persists. I know it's difficult without seeing pictures but anyone got any ideas? Anyone a Umatic owner in Surrey? Thanks Alot

Dan Smith
Thursday 26th November 2009
11:58 am U.K.


Hi there

We have a VP-7030 which has just started giving me problems. When I press 'play' the tape plays back for up to 2 seconds then I loose display on the TV. The tape keeps turning and if I press 'pause' I get display back (on a paused frame). I am able to 'fast forward' through the tape with full display. But as soon as I press 'play' the screen just goes blank. I am connected directly to my TV using the rear BNC video output on the player. Anyone got any ideas whats going on? Thanks! Dan Smith

Monday 23rd November 2009
5:47 pm U.K.


Hi tony i would be happy to transfer your 1" tapes

Jo Rodgers
Saturday 21st November 2009
12:20 pm U.K.


Hi there, I have a U-matic VP9000P which has seized up - anyone want it for spares? Free if you collect. Based Northants.


Wednesday 11th November 2009
7:01 pm U.K.


Anyone HELP!Where can I get a dub in/out connector or cable for my Umatic the 7 pin one.Or anyone want to sell me one for silly money, need one desperate???????

Sunday 8th November 2009
7:30 pm U.K.


Hi and hope you are all well , has anyone started an "A" or "C" format club or chat page for the broadcast one inch reel to reel video systems,dating fron 1966 onwards which was the mainstay of broadcast for 15-20 years? Anyone interested in one inch formats or need any tapes copied to DVD or Hardrives for archive? Is anyone interested or is it only me?Thanks for reading this and any replies? Peter

Thursday 5th November 2009
8:28 pm U.K.


i have recently bougt a Sony VO-9600P recorder, for viewing some old tapes. I was able play only 1 tape...Each time I switch on the power button, the VCR starts rewinding a little bit. Then, when I am trying to load a tape, the "Standby" indicator immediately lights on and the VCR seems "asleep", as the VO-9600P doesn't load the tape. The misfunction seems to be a black trap located on the left of the tape tray. When I gently push it with a screwdriver, the Standby indicator lights on. Does somebody already encounters this kind of problem? I would be very grateful if somebody could help me to fix this issue. Big thanks & regards, Amon

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