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Craig
Tuesday 31st January 2017
5:58 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have any EPK's from older movies? Back in the 80's, I believe they were all on U-Matic. Was looking to see if anyone had any leads on them.

Juha Jauhiainen
Saturday 5th November 2016
7:19 pm U.K.

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http://www.digiommel.fi/Improved%20Image%20Quality%20of%20Old%20U-matic%20Recordings.pdf

Here is perhaps the best Low Band player in the world (PAL). Also with a Y / C output of course. If and when the others do not get played back your tapes, we can. Comments are welcome.

Roderick
Friday 4th November 2016
9:42 pm U.K.

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Michael,

First step would be to thoroughly clean the threading path.

Most likely problem is a build-up of dirt that stops the threading ring from completing its' cycle.

If it doesn't activate the switch at the end, the machine goes in 'tape protection' mode and takes tension off the tape.

Have a try and let us know if you had any success.

Mr. Michael Heap
Friday 4th November 2016
7:56 pm U.K.

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The Sony VO-5850P has developed a tape transport fault so that when inserting a cassette into the recorder the tape is at first stretched out round the record head in the normal way. The tape then almost immediately goes slack. The recorder does not go into the standby mode. Play, record, search, fast forward, fast rewind do not work. The cassette cannot be ejected.

I am advised by a video repair engineer that this is due to the failure of a component on the circuit board that controls the tape transport and that as it is impossible to identify the component that has failed the best remedy is to replace the entire circuit board. However the Sony VO-5800 /5850 series are obsolete in the UK and circuit board spares are difficult to find. Advice welcome.

Karl Webb
Saturday 15th October 2016
3:31 pm U.K.

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Hi folks,

I have just powered up my Sony VP 5030 player after it not. Ring used for a while. The machine then made a tripping noise and loads of Smoke came out of it, its smells terrible. I have taken it outside and left it while I try and figure out what happened. I think it must of finally gave up the ghost

Ron
Monday 10th October 2016
10:54 pm U.K.

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Hi,

I have recently purchased a VO-9800P and it seems the machine is stuck in SP/High Band mode. When I place a Low band tape into the machine it loads fine and plays but the SP/High light remains on and there is no video signal.

I have read that there is a pin that falls into a slot on SP tapes that identify the tape type. Could this pin switch be faulty? Is it an easy fix?

Or is there a manual override to switch the machine between High and Low band?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Ron

Richard Roberts
Sunday 21st August 2016
2:33 am U.K.

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This my first post so I hope I am on the proper chat page. I have a Panasonic U-matic system which includes the NV9240, A960 and NV9600 and am located in San Diego, CA. I also have several 3/4" tapes. The equipment has had very little use and have been stored in their original boxes for the last several years. I also have a complete set of manuals for the equipment. If anyone has any interest in this equipment it is for sale. Please email and comments or questions. Thanks, RT Roberts email [email protected]

Richard Roberts
Sunday 21st August 2016
2:27 am U.K.

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This my first post so I hope I am on the proper chat page. I have a Panasonic U-matic system which includes the NV9240, A960 and NV9600 and am located in San Diego, CA. I also have several 3/4" tapes. The equipment has had very little use and have been stored in their original boxes for the last several years. I also have a complete set of manuals for the equipment. If anyone has any interest in this equipment it is for sale. Please email and comments or questions. Thanks

Peter Engberg
Monday 8th August 2016
9:22 pm U.K.

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I just sold my Sony VO-5850P with a specially built switch for playing and recording high band and low band tapes. It also had a TBC. The selling price was Û 425, and it was in perfect working and cosmetic condition. Does anyone in this forum know the average market price of such a machine today?

I also want to sell my VO-9800SP recorder, which is in good condition. Bids are hereby invited!

Juha Jauhiainen
Wednesday 27th July 2016
11:21 am U.K.

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Hi

Here is link to our site: http://www.digiommel.fi/u-matic.html

There you will find everything you need to know how U-matic tapes are digitized. Y/C-output, Sticky-Shed Syndrome etc.

Sorry, some of the pages are still in Finnish.

You will find more technical documents: http://www.digiommel.fi/index.html

Kindly

Juha

Roderick
Tuesday 12th July 2016
10:51 pm U.K.

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Eddie Moran,

Your best bet is to have the tapes transferred to DVD or something.

Tapes from the 80's are rapidly reaching their 'end of life' point so even if you bought a machine you would only get some joy out of it. And that is if the tapes are still playable which all depends on how they were stored.

It doesn't say where you are based but if in Australia, I can have a look at that. Otherwise search for video digitising services in your area.

eddie Moran
Monday 11th July 2016
8:54 pm U.K.

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HI. I have a bunch of HUD tapes from my time flying the F/A-18 in the mid to late 80's. They are 3/4" U-Matic tapes.

I want to watch them again but can't find a working DVR for this format. Well, I can but a grand?

Any ideas? All I need to do is play them, not record anything.

Eddie

mark
Tuesday 5th July 2016
3:04 pm U.K.

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Hi Again,

As I have been archiving my tapes using a VP-9000, I have noticed that at times the dolby noise reduction turns on and off. I have tried cleaning the audio and video heads, but some tapes still play this way. Sometimes the audio flickers in and out of dolby, while other times the tape will play a few minutes of either dolby or non dolby. Is there anything else that could cause this or is it just the quality of the tape? Is there a way to permanently turn off the dolby so that it constantly does not flick back and forth between noise reduction and non-noise reduction? Would cleaning the tape help with this problem? If so, any procedures for cleaning umatic tapes?

My experience with umatic and beta was mostly as VT operator and some basic editing, so I do not have much experience in machine maintenance.

Thanks

Mark

Roderick
Friday 1st July 2016
11:28 pm U.K.

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Max,

I think it is high time you started thinking about digitising the collection.

Temperature is only part of the problem, humidity is a real killer for magnetic tape.

And these tapes are now well past their 'use by' date.

Find a reliable professional company to do the transfers for you, the tapes are likely to need some preparation to minimise the risk of severe damage due to 'sticky tape' syndrome.

Max
Thursday 30th June 2016
4:14 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

I'm conserving about 60 U-matic videotapes of different brands (Sony mostly, Memorex and Ampex) from late 70 into some plastic storage boxes at home. As it's getting hotter and hotter these days (30-32°C), and unfortunately I don't have an air conditioner, do you think that it could be particularly dangerous exposing them at these temperatures? Thanks in advance

mark
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
9:28 pm U.K.

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Thanks very much for the reply, however I found someone that has loaned me their very clear and working VO-9000 deck to digitize my tapes. As I could not find anyone locally that would service it and my mechanical / electronic skills are very limited, I decided to dispose of the unit. I have kept most of the boards, power supply and rack ears which I may put on up ebay later. Right now I just wanted to get rid of the 100+ tapes I have been storing for a few years now. They are from an old cable access channel that I worked for a few years ago, and they went to throw them out. I tried to save as much as I could while I was there, but I'm afraid that the last tapes that are still there will fall victim to the garbage eventually without being preserved in some way.

Thanks Again,

Mark

Roderick
Tuesday 21st June 2016
10:44 pm U.K.

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Mark,

What the machine needs is cleaning and lubrication.

It is not a hard job, albeit time consuming, but will require some basic technical skills.

If unsure then take it to a professional repair shop.

From the description it looks like the machine doesn't fully complete the threading cycle and as a result doesn't activate the switch at the end to tell the machine controls all is well.

You'll have to check the whole threading ring, clean it and remove any hardened or sticky grease.

Make sure you check the contact switch and that it is activated by the threading ring, that last 0.5mm is critical!

Best of luck.

mark
Thursday 16th June 2016
3:42 pm U.K.

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Sorry. I accidentally posted this in the Betamax Chat.

Hi Everone,

I have a non-functioning BVU-870 U-MaticSP deck. It powers up, however when I put a tape in, it sticks in the door and has to be given a bit of a push to go in. When it goes in, it threads half way. If I manually engage one of the latches it will complete the threading. That is as much as I have been able to get it to do.

When I press any buttons on the panel, the buttons light up but nothing happens inside the machine, other than the eject button which will eject the tape.

Does anyone know what could be the issue here? It looks to be a complete machine. I have all the boards, however I do not know if they are working and I am not very technical in a electronics way. I was given the deck to do some 3/4" tape dubs, however it looks like I will be throwing the machine out and looking for a working one, unless it is a cheap or easy fix.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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Vershelden Herman
Thursday 28th April 2016
7:33 pm U.K.

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Hello

Waer can hi fin paerts for U-MATICS VCR SONY VO-5800 ent VO-5850 BELTS CAPSTAN ROLLER (PHINS ROLLER) ENZ...?° PLEAS CONTACT MI .MAIL [email protected]

THANK JOU

Emanuel
Monday 14th March 2016
10:45 am U.K.

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I have a sony lunatic but v0 5850p for sale, also a sony bvt 500p digital time base corrector,for sale offers welcome

Also a dvnr1060 colour corrector/ noise reducer digital vision

Verschelden Herman
Sunday 6th March 2016
2:34 pm U.K.

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Hello,

Can jou help mi wear a find belts , pinch rollers parts vor Sony U-Matics for VO-8500 and VO-8550 recoders?.

Thank jou ..

Herman Verschelden

nicholas
Sunday 7th February 2016
1:43 am U.K.

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for sale two fully working vo 5800, converted to s-video but easily converted,£50 each,plus two for spares,collect from oxford.

Andreas Widerĝe
Thursday 21st January 2016
10:46 pm U.K.

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Looking for a working + good condition Sony VO-9800P or similare Pal machine that can play back lo-band, hi-band and sp. Please contact me at andreas at filmtek dot no. Thanks!

Andreas Widerĝe
Thursday 21st January 2016
10:44 pm U.K.

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I have lots of new unused Umatic tapes if anyone is interested. Please drop me a line andreas at filmtek dot no.

Martin
Sunday 10th January 2016
4:39 pm U.K.

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The U-Matic chatpage is back, unfortunately recent posts have been lost.

J. Rosemann
Saturday 18th February 2012
2:45 pm U.K.

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Dear Forum users I have a question concerning the U-Matic VO-5630. I have a few Tapes in NTSC Format, can the VO-5630 read the NTSC-Tapes and give in Output Signal in the PAL Format, or would I need a special Decoder for that?Thank you very muchJ.Rosemann

James
Thursday 19th January 2012
12:47 pm U.K.

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Hi there has anyone any CVC video cassettes or know where I can get some, I recently purchased everything from an old duplication distributors from back in the 80's and the machinery and lots of other gear was in with this lot, also the CVC video but only a handfull of tapes. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Dianne Simms
Monday 16th January 2012
8:53 am U.K.

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I have more than 6 boxes of u-matic tapes belonging to my late father and they are all of our family .. We have 3 machines, 2 sony and 1 national, the 2 sony have switches which are sticking but the national seems to work but we dont know how to connect it to a modern tv or monitor and then copy them to either dvd or hardrive

We would love to buy a working machine but am unable to find any here in Sydney, after attempting to move my dad's machines and knowing how heavy they are, I cant see any being posted

Any help would be so appreciated

Dianne Simms

phil m
Wednesday 4th January 2012
9:08 pm U.K.

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hi everyone im looking for some high band sony u matic machines 950 1000 all models playback record edit anything considered any quantity drop me a line

John Raines
Thursday 29th December 2011
9:34 pm U.K.

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Hello all, I recently acquired a VO-9850. The hours meter as displayed on the front panel reads over 15000, which confuses me because it's documented to go only to 15000. How should I interpret this display?

Roderick
Sunday 25th December 2011
8:21 pm U.K.

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The VO-98** series will play all three U-matic formats, low, high & SP. There are no mods for High Band machines to make them play Low Band.If you only have Low Band tapes, have a look at the 58** or 7*** series, they play Low Band only.

David Wolaver
Tuesday 29th November 2011
5:39 pm U.K.

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From all my Research, A Sony BVU-950 PAL Deck Will Not Play a Low Band PAL U-Matic Tape in Color. Are there any Mod's for a BVU-950 PAL for Low Band Option. Or Do I Need a VO-9600 PAL Deck that Plays all PAL U-Matic Tapes..Thanks, David

Lizzy
Thursday 17th November 2011
10:56 am U.K.

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We have a Umatic VO 7630 for sale. £ 200 o.n.oWe are located in central London (W1), call 020 7494 6300 to arrange collection.

Broadcast Services Ltd
Monday 24th October 2011
12:11 pm U.K.

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We have a Sony BVU 950 U-Matic VTR available for Hire - please visit www.broadcast-services.co.uk for details & Hire / Duplication & transfer costs

Barry
Monday 10th October 2011
8:50 pm U.K.

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I've got a variety of umatic machines that I'm happy to sell, I've got players and recorders. Im London based, they all work or if you need parts from them that would work to.

Richard Simmonds
Sunday 9th October 2011
5:50 pm U.K.

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Hello

Is any one selling any used u-matic tapes i'm after allsorts but preferably tapes with documentaries, continuity or schools and colleges programmes.

Best regards

Richard

David Collier
Friday 7th October 2011
1:09 am U.K.

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[email protected]..sounds like the loading belts rubber does not last 20+years, good luck

Pat H
Tuesday 4th October 2011
8:15 pm U.K.

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Hi I'm looking for some Umatic decks. VO9800P VO9850P BVU950PI have a collection of old Umatic tapes to capture can convert to digital files.Anybody got one in the UK or can ship there?Thanks

[email protected]
Thursday 29th September 2011
10:45 am U.K.

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I have a Sony U-Matic Cassette Player VO 5800 PS.Help! Any advice welcome!I obtained it around 1983, but it has had only about 200 hours use. It worked fine until about a year ago. Now when I insert a cassette, only an inadequately small loop is drawn out. (I've tried several cassettes, including a new unused one).

When the fast forward or rewind buttons are pressed, the mechanism clicks and the head drum revolves, but the forward or re-winding do not run.On 'Search' it makes the usual rattling/tinkling sound briefly when the knob is turned to either side, but then the sound stops. When I change the direction of search buttons the spinning flywheel changes its direction of spin.

If I switch the mains switch on the VCR on and off rapidly when the inadequately small tape loop has formed, the threading ring motor comes on for brief instants to inch the threading ring round step by step until I can get the tape loop big enough for the forward and reverse to work. But the ring motor will not come on to drive the ring round to the play position. The threading process stops far short of completion.

I've renewed all the drive belts, but with no improvement.

Something is timing out?

I should be VERY grateful for any suggestions towards repair.And/or reference to where I might obtain a copy of the service repair manual.

Richard JohnsonAberdeen, Scotland

john82380
Monday 26th September 2011
11:02 am U.K.

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Hey Everyone I have alot of u-matic machines I need to get rid of....Was wondering if anyone is interested in buying these machines?? To name a few here are some model #'s....VP 7020 I have a few of these....VP 5000 I have a few of these as well....SLO 323 have a couple.....I also have Wegener Communications Mainframe new in a box....I have alot of machines in this broadcasting era...If anyone is interested shoot me a offer....Would like to get rid of everything!!

Richard JMS
Sunday 18th September 2011
6:56 pm U.K.

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Hello

Can someone help me find the avaliability of sensor bulb, this is a stanley 23Volts, 3Watts. I've just brought an 5850-vo brillant machine but if i cannot resolve issues with the 2860p it can go for spares or repairs very soon.

Kind regards

Richard

Peter Benner
Thursday 15th September 2011
7:34 am U.K.

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Hello from New Zealand is there any one around the globe that would be interested in the following machines - we are open to offers. We have 4 x BVU800P 1 x BVU820P fully functional.Timebase correctors BVT 810P x 1 BVT 800P x 2 fully functional with interconnect cables. Low Band VO5850P x 2 VO5040P x 1 BVE 800 editor x 1 also not that this is Umatic specific but we have a Grass Valley VPE131 editor with drivers to suite the above machines plus a Grass Valley VPE341 system. If there is any interest out there please flick me an email Thanks

Richard JMS
Monday 29th August 2011
6:13 pm U.K.

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Hello

I don't know if asking at the right place but, i'm after parts for my VO-2860p in particularly a pinch roller assembly i presume this is what i need? advice is appreciated. As well as causing crease patterns on the tapes i seems to be having issues with recording function. as pretty floorless picture comes and goes however when paused the picture is back until it's released :/

Kind Regards

Roderick
Friday 22nd July 2011
11:14 pm U.K.

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Regarding 'Error 20'. The manual tells me this is a System Error and that there will be a suberror shown on the monitor lower right corner.If you can post the suberror code I may be able to give more information.

tim
Friday 22nd July 2011
7:41 pm U.K.

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Hello

I have a VO-9800P machine that has two separate problems.

One. It's giving me an error 20 on eject every time. I don't have the service manual for this unit but others are telling me it's a reel motor problem.

Two. It has a huge skew error. All skew mechanisms appear to be OK but again, no service manual to check for tolerance.

Any input is appreciated.

thanks

tim

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Friday 22nd July 2011
9:21 am U.K.

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Hi Does any one have a VO 9600 PAL that they would like to sell.

Please let me know Kind RegardsChris

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Wednesday 13th July 2011
3:17 pm U.K.

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Hi I am currently looking to buy an alignment tape, jigs and U-Matic manual for a VO 9800 NTSC and PAL machine.

Can any one help me with this,Kind RegardsChris

Bruce Josephs
Monday 23rd May 2011
11:07 pm U.K.

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Am looking to purchase a U-matic 9000 series player. Am based in Sydney, Australia.

If you have one or know of one for sale, please contact me on (0412) 016 568 or by replying to the post.

Bruce Josephs
Monday 23rd May 2011
11:06 pm U.K.

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Am looking for a 9000 series U-matic player. Am based in Sydney Australia.

If anyone has one for sale or knows of one for sale, please contact me on (0412) 016 568 or by replying to this post.

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Friday 20th May 2011
12:59 pm U.K.

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Hi I am looking to purchase two U MATIC machines must be the 9000 series, and be player recorders.

Please let me know what you have available

Kind RegardsChris

Ferris
Monday 9th May 2011
1:57 am U.K.

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Hi. I have a SONY U-Matic Video Cassette Recorder Model V0-5630, a SONY 27" TV Model CVM-2711PS and a SONY Video Camera from the same era along with 100 or so U-Matic Cassettes. These items have been in storage for the past 15 years or so. I am in Gosford (Sydney) NSW Australia. If a collector in the area is interested in picking this kit up for free please let me know.

Roderick
Wednesday 4th May 2011
9:43 pm U.K.

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Janelle,Your best bet would be a Sony VO-9800 or 9850. Those machines play all varieties of U-Matic (low band, high band, SP). The tape could have been used to record in any of these formats.Are there any markings on the tape to indicate if it is PAL, NTSC or SECAM? Taht could be the next problem. But if you know that the tape was recorded locally, changes are that a machine you buy locally will work with the tape.

Janelle
Wednesday 4th May 2011
8:33 pm U.K.

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Hi.I have a KCA-60XBR video cassette tape. Which player do I need to purchase to play this tape?Thanks.

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Saturday 26th February 2011
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CAN ANBODY SUGGEST A SOURCE OF VIDEO HEADS/DRUMS AND A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM FOR APAL VO5800PS.

I AM INTERESTED IN MODERNISING IT,REDUCE THE TAPE SPEED,SEPERATE Y/C INPUTS/ ANDPSUEDO RGB OUTPUTS,POSSIBLY USING CIRCUITY FROM VIDEO SENDERS.THANKING YOU FOR ANY HELP.

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Thursday 10th February 2011
4:38 pm U.K.

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Your site is great, thank you, I have learned a lot of knowledge. I found you on the http://findata.gov

AsiwajuTee
Thursday 3rd February 2011
6:08 am U.K.

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Hi All, I'm in the market for 2 U-Matic Vtr players, must be PAL output, High Band with a TBC(time base correcor). Please does anybody have any ideas Where I can get purchase any in good condition. Please need is URGENT!!!

THANKS

Roderick
Thursday 27th January 2011
9:57 pm U.K.

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Hi Leon, Let me try to explain.

RF off tape is used for DOC (Drop Out Compensation) in a TBC (Time Base Corrector). A RF out is an output you can connect to the aerial input on your television. It would also show a channel number because you will have to tune your television to a specific channel. You would rarely find that connector on a professional machine for obvious reasons.Finally the 'TV' connector, usually a greenish 8-pin connector, was a left over from early video recorder connections. The connector provides both inputs and outputs and allowed a videorecorder to be connected to a specially adapted TV so that you could record 'off air' television. Early model videorecorders didn't have build-in tuners. The connectors stuck around for a while because they were a convenient way to connect a VCR to a monitor, connecting both video and audio signals with one cable.

Cheers

leon
Wednesday 26th January 2011
11:31 pm U.K.

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hey guys! i have a question concerning some u-matic devices. why do some (like the sony vo-9600 and the sony vp-9000 ) have both an rf (off tape) and an rf out connector? what is the difference between those connectors? i have read that the rf (off tape) connector is used for connecting an external tbc and the rf out connector is used for connecting a monitor or tv. but why is there an extra connector labelled tv then? i would be very happy if anyone could help me and explain what these connectors are used for (and what kind of signals are transported through them)

Andy Humphreys
Saturday 8th January 2011
3:06 pm U.K.

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Hello, I have a VP-7040 u matic player that looks like the head needs a clean. Can anybody suggest how?

Zdenek
Saturday 1st January 2011
3:34 pm U.K.

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Hello,I am looking for service manuals of umatics BVU-200P and VO-2950. I offer complet service manuals of BVU-850, BVP-360, BVH-2000PS or BVT-2000P for change. My manuals are in JPG format, shooted with very good digital camera. Please write to me at [email protected]

John
Sunday 21st November 2010
10:22 am U.K.

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I have for disposal an Ampex CVR 75 Betacam SP machine S/N 52315.I've also advertised this machine on the Betacam chat page. This machine is fully functional, free, and up for grabs, without dents, digs. scrapes, or gouges This is a golden opportunity to delve/venture or whatever, into the weird and wonderful world of Betacam SP. This machine will interface with Sony Umatic machines. It comes with a Maintenance Manual, User Manual etc. It is available for collection ONLY anytime from West Yorkshire. More details from [email protected] or call 01274 864826

Roderick
Wednesday 17th November 2010
8:54 pm U.K.

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Confusingly, if the 'Standby' light is on it is not ready. What is indicates is that the threading cycle hasn't completed.Try if you can, carefully, to turn the threading ring a little further clockwise. With a bit of luck that should engage the switch and put the machine back in action.

nick.cope
Wednesday 17th November 2010
12:30 am U.K.

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Hi All, I 'm trying to back up some old videos and have been loaned a Sony VO9600. It was working fine until today, with a tape loaded inside which was running fine whilst running a test recording/copy onto a DV deck, after stopping the machine and then wanting to start again all the front panel transport control buttons won't work, the tape won't eject, although the standby light is lit. Can anyone give any advice on what to do and where to go from here. Is it possible to manually eject the tape? I have opened it up and had a look inside, but can't see anything obvious... many thanks for any information.

tom
Monday 8th November 2010
12:40 am U.K.

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Hi Jodi,I agree it's not a good idea to use the 2610 for tape transfer. But if you need a user manual or service manual you can download a PDF version for free:http://tomislavmikulic.com/sony-u-matic-vo-2630.html

The 2630 model documentation includes everything you need for 2610 plus some extras related to European TV systems PAL and SECAM. Cheers, Tom

Jodi Hoover
Friday 5th November 2010
12:39 pm U.K.

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Thanks Roderick! I realized right after I posted that I should have asked about machine quality right away!

Roderick
Thursday 4th November 2010
8:32 pm U.K.

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Hi Jodi, I have a service manual for a VO-2630 but only in paper.

But really, if you are planning to transfer some of your tapes you probably should be looking at a better machine. The VO-2610 is almost 40 years old and very basic. For startes it is only 'low-band' and some of your tapes may be 'hi-band' or 'SP', which won't play well on your 2610. BTW, all the tapes look the same, it is just a different way of recording the footage onto the tape.You would be much better off trying to find a decent VO-98** which will play all formats. They regularly show up on Ebay for a $ 200 - $300. Anything more is a rip-off!Best of luck

Jodi Hoover
Thursday 4th November 2010
7:23 pm U.K.

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Hello all- I hope you will forgive some very basic questions from a newbie. I work in a University archives and we have a number of 3/4 inch tapes. While the eventual plan is to transfer material of interest- first we need to figure WHAT is of interest. I just unearthed a Sony VO-2610 and decided to see if it would power up. It does!

I have two main questions:

1. Does any one have access to a PDF of the manual?2. I got the eject button to work once and only once. Now it lights up but nothing happens. Does anyone have any troubleshooting tips?

Thank you so much!

nmugford
Tuesday 2nd November 2010
6:19 pm U.K.

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have vo5800 does anybody know a source of replacement headsor drums.

Richard Johnson
Saturday 30th October 2010
8:38 am U.K.

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Fallecture??

A very helpful person in MA USA has explained the fuse-like glass tube to me:

Believe it or not, that little fuse style device ain't a fuse or any type of protection device.... IT IS A 'ELAPSED TIME' READOUT.

A column of mercury is placed in a thin cylindrical tube with a gap (bubble) in the fluid, the "fuse" tube in placed in parallel with a voltage (current draw), usually placed in line after the main power switch or in your case of a VCR, maybe placed on a motor voltage input. As the voltage is applied to the Elasped Time Readout, the voltage potential SLOWLY, SLOWLY, causes the the bubble in the column of mercury to move. Each line on the glass tube represents either 100 (or maybe 1000) hours.

When the bubble reaches the end of the tube, you simply swap the "fuse" around so that the bubble goes backward (it is polarity sensitive). Usually they would mount the readout in a standard old fashion open fuseholder so that the device could be reused.

These devices have been around for decades, proabably since the 1950's. They were usually used in lab or industrial equipment, but for a vcr, they were a fool-proof, simple way of indicating the amount of time that a piece of equipment had been used. (no curcuitry need, permanent static memory, no real moving parts, practically indestructable if not broken, etc.)

My V0-5800PS VCR is still not threading properly.

Richard Johnson
Friday 29th October 2010
4:45 pm U.K.

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P.S. I suspect that something is timing out. I have discovered that if I switch the mains switch on the VCR on and off rapidly when the small tape loop has formed, the threading ring motor comes on for brief instants to inch the threading ring round step by step until I can get the tape loop big enough for the fast forward and reverse to work. However, the ring motor will not come on to drive te ring round to the play position. I think there must be a timing-out problem.

Also, I have found a curious fuse-like component (glass with metal caps at each end and 6mm diam by 30 mm long) fitted like a fuse between a couple of clips on a small circuit board near the threading-ring drive motor. The glass is thick and contains a thin (about 1mm diam) column of mercury. Along side the mercury column is a scale marked in divisions 1 to 10. The column of mercury in it is not continuous; it has an empty gap in it about 1 mm long near the 1 division on the scale. Can anyone please tell me what this component does and whether the murcury column should have a break in it?

Richard Johnson
Wednesday 27th October 2010
2:06 pm U.K.

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I have a Sony UMatic V0-5800 PS video recorder which I bought new around 1983. It has not had a great amount of use over the years. The last time I used it, about a year ago, it was working fine. I switched it on today and, although the tape cassette (I've tried several) is taken into the machine, it does not load properly: I have removed the top bottom and left hand side covers. Some symptoms are: The tape is drawn out of the cassette into a small loop round one guide pin, but then nothing further happens. The ring that draws the tape into a loop round the rotating drum does not itself rotate now and thus a big loop is not formed. I've tried winding the ring round by hand, lubricating it with PTFE on the way; the motor runs to reset the ring to its original position when I put in a cassette, but again, no proper big loop forms round the rotating drum. The standby light remains on. On 'Search' it makes the usual rattling/tinkling sound briefly when the knob is turned to either side, but then the sound stops. However When the fast forward or rewind buttons are pressed, the mechanism clicks and the head drum revolves, but the forward or re-winding do not run. The cassette ejects OK when the eject button is pressed. I should be very grateful for any suggestions.

Roderick
Friday 22nd October 2010
9:57 pm U.K.

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Hi Wilber, It sounds like the tapes are suffering from 'sticky tape syndrome'. This is not uncommon for tapes from that era. The good news is that it can easily be fixed, if you know what you are doing. Have a search for 'sticky tape' and 'bake a tape' for some suggestions how to fix this. I actually run a small business (www.lightmotif.com.au) doing exactly that but distance may be a problem.

Wilber
Thursday 21st October 2010
11:00 pm U.K.

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Hi everybodyI just have a curios questions that it needs to be asnwer by an very good expert (or may be not I'm just ignorant) Back on 1979 when this u-matic machines were top of the line I participated on a different colleges' basketballs games that the Government (Educational TV) of El Salvador recorded in this types of machines. I'm trying to recover these old memories recorded on this tapes(to show them to my kids), but they (government authorities) have told me that the tape(films) got stucks and they do not know what to do make these tapes come back to life without damaging them.Does anybody know what to do to unstuck them? Is there any way to make them go back to life and rerecorded them in a different format?Please advice.

tom
Friday 24th September 2010
7:29 am U.K.

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Hi Danko!

I got the same machine ( VO-2630 ) and just acquired service manual in PDF format.I'll dig it out and see if I can do some tests for you.

Now, isn't it amazing, we worked together at Zagreb TV station awhile ago.

Check this out:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=213562986334#!/video/video.php?v=156133517747971&oid=213562986334 or

http://hrdesignstudio.com/video/broadcast/index.html

Cheers!Tom

Roderick
Monday 20th September 2010
9:57 pm U.K.

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Hi Anthony,

It would be helpful if you let people know where you are located.For instance, I do have a SECAM player, but I am in Australia... Probably not much help for you.

And how did you end up with SECAM tapes bur only NTSC machines?

anthony
Monday 20th September 2010
3:43 pm U.K.

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Hello,

I am working on a Umatic tape conversion/preservation project. The objective is to digitize our Umatic tape collection before the tape becomes defective. All my tapes are Umatic-Secam. We have a few functional ntsc players but none that can play secam.

Does anybody have a functionnal umatic-secam player ? I am looking to buy one.

Thank you

tom
Friday 17th September 2010
6:10 am U.K.

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Hi guys,This site is a very pleasant discovery. Nice to see U-matic fans together.

I got four machines, two of them I would like to bring back to life:VP-1210, VO-2630, VO-5630 and VO-5850.

The older ones don't work but they power up and motors spin.If anyone can help with service manual for VP-1210 or VO-2630 I would be very interested in.I have only Operating manual for VO-2630 pdf, it is in Eng, Ger. and FR. Contact me directly if want a copy.

Thanks.Tom

Roderick
Tuesday 14th September 2010
10:02 pm U.K.

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Hi Serpico, the '187' is an Ampex tape.....

John Thompson
Tuesday 14th September 2010
7:59 pm U.K.

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just a word of thanks to the two people who very quickly got in touch about the BVU-800P service manual. I have now bought a PDF of the entire operation & service manual which I found at online-manuals.com.

If anyone else out there is stuck I also have copies of the BVU-800 and VO5630 service manuals. They're rather big files though. :-)

serpico009
Tuesday 14th September 2010
1:26 pm U.K.

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Thanks Roderick, I'm going to try this today. Most of the 3/4" tapes I have are Sony. This one, as far as I can tell, is a no-name brand. Just has "187 KCA-30" printed on the casing.

John Thompson
Sunday 12th September 2010
12:22 pm U.K.

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Hi, I have a BVU-800P high band umatic with no colour either EE or off tape. I've traced the fault to the CD14 board but as I only have a PDF of the US version of the service manual ( BVU-800 ), I'm now a bit stuck.

If anyone could provide me with scans or a PDF of the relevant sections of the Pal manual I'd be eternally grateful.

Roderick
Thursday 9th September 2010
10:03 pm U.K.

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Hi Serpico,

Sounds like the whole tape track needs a good clean. Use some cottonbuds (Q-tips) and cleaning alcohol to clean all the posts, erase and audio heads on the track."Sticky tapes" often leave a residue behind which will stop a good tape from running and causes the squealing noise.

What brand tapes are you trying to play? Ampex and Agfa tapes are notorious for 'sticky tape syndrome' and will cause problems if not treated. Sony tapes are usually less problematic. Once you have cleaned the whole path, use a known good, clean tape and let that run for 10 - 30 minutes. Often that will clean the video heads.

Let us know how you go.

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Thursday 9th September 2010
1:19 pm U.K.

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Hi All,

I am looking for a U-Matic player , I need a VO 7630 NTSC machines.

Please let me know if you have one of these available, My email address is [email protected], alternatively my mobile 07931 902556.

Kind RegardsChris

serpico009
Thursday 9th September 2010
12:57 pm U.K.

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Hi Roderick

I put a small amount of cleaning fluid on a cloth, placed it against the drum and rotated the drum slowly a few times, then did the same with a dry cloth. I let it sit for a few hours before I tried the tape again.

The unit we have has one leg left, maybe half a leg, lots of other issues with (I sometimes have to "trick" it into playing a tape by hitting stop and then play in quick succession, often times a tape will hang when I press play and the unit just sits there making a high pitched whirring sound) it so this might just be a death rattle

Roderick
Wednesday 8th September 2010
10:19 pm U.K.

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When you say "wiped down the drum", what did you actually do?From the description of the result, it looks like you may have made the situation worse if you weren't extremely careful with the heads.Video heads are very sensitive to 'up & down' movement, you may have dislodged the heads' alignment.

It is also good to give the ACE head a good clean to ensure it tracks properly.

serpico009
Wednesday 8th September 2010
7:06 pm U.K.

mark@bullfrogfilms.com

hello, all! I've encountered a problem with my (US model) VO-9600 player that I believe I've had before and may have posted about.

I was dubbing a VHS tape and there was alot of picture noise and flutter that the tracking on the VCR I use to record wasn't helping. I opened up the Umatic and wiped down the drum, then reinserted the tape. Now, I have loads of snow and picture noise that totally obscures the image.

I've tested the inputs and outputs and tried other 3/4" tapes with the same result. I thought condensation might be affecting it so I left it on all night but with no change. Anything I could try, anyone else had this problem?

dv
Friday 3rd September 2010
6:27 pm U.K.

danko.volaric@zg.t-com.hr

Hi, I have VO2630. It lights up, the head drum is spinning, but won't thread the tape and play/rew/fwd/eject buttons are dead. Motors spin when I manually switch them.I would be happy to try solving it by myself and would appreciate any help or suggestion.

jasper
Sunday 22nd August 2010
11:57 am U.K.

jasperjacobson3@hotmail.com

Hello everybody,

I,ve got a VO-5630 for sale. You can find it on Marktplaats.nl.

Jasper

Jon
Wednesday 18th August 2010
9:43 am U.K.

online@sladey.com

Hi Roderick. Thanks for your reply. Haven't been able to find much info on back tension etc on the internet that is specific to u-matic. As I understand it the skew is supposed to help with this but appears to do nothing (although it is working by pressing against the reel on the inside). Perhaps the supply reel is too tense? One oddity though is that having left the VTR powered up for four hours yesterday, the picture is remarkably improved, so whether warmth helps things or not I don't know. Any suggestions welcome! Jon.

Roderick
Monday 16th August 2010
9:38 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

Hi Jon,

I am a tad too far away to have a go myself (Sydney, Australia) but it sounds like a tape tension problem. If you have a service manual, see if you can find adjustment procedures and see if that helps.

Jon
Monday 16th August 2010
9:52 am U.K.

online@sladey.com

Hi guys. I was wondering if anyone here with a bit of engineering expertise would care to take a look and Frankenstein me a working machine out of three ailing decks... I have a VP9000, VO9640 and a VP7040 (all PAL). The 7040 seems to be fine however it's lowband which isn't very useful fo my high and SP stuff as it plays monochrome. The 9640 picture is totally distorted but i did try swapping the upper drum from the 7040 and putting it in the 9640 and gave the same results. The 9000 is probably the best starting point as I can get a disorted but recognisable picture if i turn the tracking 9/10ths in one direction. In still mode the vision seems normal (i.e. shuttle noise bars in the correct place but otherwise fine). Capstan seems to be running OK but thats as far as my knowledge goes. If anyone is in the South East of UK and fancies a go then let me know... after I have dubbed my dozen or so tapes you can keep all three VTRs. Jon.

Richard Chester
Monday 2nd August 2010
10:37 am U.K.

Ritch_Chest@my-box.de

What ever happened to the U-matic Chat Page? only Spammers here ? Where are the good times gone? Sorry for that....

David
Friday 30th July 2010
1:39 pm U.K.

bantheinternet@hotmail.com

Hi, I've got 2 U-matics going on ebay tonight. A VP-9000P and a VO-5630. They're starting at 99p. Thought I'd just let you know incase anyone's interested.CheersDB

Brian Grant
Thursday 29th July 2010
5:39 pm U.K.

bgflicks@gmail.com

I have two Uimatics I don't need anymore. A VO9600 and a VP7040. Both in working orderalthough the VO 9060 probably needs a new head.

I don't want any money for them. Just like to see them go to a good home

If interested contact Brian Grant

bgflicks@gmail.com or 07932 052424

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