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Luigi Serrantoni
Monday 18th October 1999
9:52 am U.K.


I've just buy a vo-9600pI've not instruction manual, do someone know if it is available somewhere on the net?My main problem is now how to read the working time counter (hour counter), do someone know?Thank you in advanceLuigi

Eric Benson
Monday 11th October 1999
12:27 am U.K.


Hello, My name is Eric, and I've got a few questions on hooking up some U-matic equipment. My stuff is old but functional. Got two Model 5800 Sony umatic machines. got a #440 Sony editor with two working cords. I can't figure out how to make the dang editor work, to be flutter free on my edits. I'm just doing a start an stop method , which is rediculessly full of fluters. Can any one of you old , or new timers talk me threw this ? Or does someone have a menuel ? Please, Please , please, I need some advise !

Thanks , i hope, Eric benson Arvidbee@aol.com

Malcolm Ellis
Thursday 7th October 1999
10:23 am U.K.


U-Matic Equipment Sale: includes Players/recorders, portables, cameras, new and used U-matic tapes. Also used domestic VHS machines for sale. Please phone Malcolm at Wizard Video Productions on01428 682896

Monday 4th October 1999
10:54 am U.K.


Re manuals. I think it's unlikely you will find a copy as a .pdf file.Even today, sercive manuals are still copy-righted unlikey to me madegenerally available. You best bet is probably to find some one who has anunwanted manual which they can let you have.


Thursday 30th September 1999
8:51 pm U.K.


U-matic SP machines for sale: Sony VO-9850 edit recorder 600.00 Sony VO-9800 recorder 400.00 Sony BVU-150 portable recorder with time-code 500.00 Sony VO-6800 portable recorder(low-band) 200. 00 email or call 01303 891468 for full list of equipment

Saturday 25th September 1999
11:08 am U.K.


Could you please provide us a quote, availability and delivery time for 1 unit of BKU-701 board(PAL).

J Benavides
Thursday 23rd September 1999
5:44 am U.K.


I am looking for the internal cable layout of the 14 pin Q cable for my U-matic 8800 and Sony camera cable video connection. Does anybody know where I could get this type of info on the Internet. I tried sony, it did not work.


Sunday 19th September 1999
5:01 pm U.K.


Does anyone know what an RX-DATA socket is for, It's on the back panel of a Sony 5630 and is a 1/8 inch jack socket.....

Erik Versaevel
Thursday 16th September 1999
7:41 pm U.K.


Hai there, just joined the club of U-Matic owners.I've had an VP-5030 for free (!)

Looking for manuals (preferbly .PDF) does anyone knows the value of this nice piece of Metal Weight?? :)

Greetings Erik

PS Please reply via Email

Wednesday 15th September 1999
9:11 pm U.K.


HiHas anyone got a TBC board for a Sony BVU-920/ 950 U-matic machines(BKU-903A) and digital noise reducer (BKU-904) and service or operator manuals for the BVU-920/ 950. if so could you please email me with some pricesThanks Steve

Glyn Thomas
Wednesday 15th September 1999
11:50 am U.K.


Thankyou Steve,

For the information, I cannot seem to get to the wizoo.com sitetoday but I will try later...

I am sure there are many music guys out there who have put somethingtogether for a TV company on low-band... who need to sync up to aMIDI sequencer for music starts and stops.

I will keep investigating.

Thanks again


Wednesday 15th September 1999
11:05 am U.K.



This site's a lot more friendly:


Wednesday 15th September 1999
11:01 am U.K.



The only way I can think of to sync to a low band is with a MIDI time code generator, like a JL Cooper MTC/SMPTE generator. This would work if say, dialogue and sound effects had been recorded together on audio track one with the video signal and track two (often re-recordable) was left empty to hold a sync signal.

You could then theoretically write MTC to the empty track and build up MIDI sequences along with the footage and sound already on the tape.

The whole thing would then have to be mastered to a second VCR adding your audio work to the original.

To find out some more (much more than I know!) visit:http://www.uni-karlsruhe.de/~un7d/info/game/doc/mtc.htm

I haven't actually tried this myself but if anyone has, it would be good to hear from you. Hope this is helpful in some way.

Friday 10th September 1999
1:26 am U.K.


Does anyone know of a production house which sells umatic (BRS) 10 minute tapes as well as dubs them for a low price. Right now I am paying $5 for both dub, tape, and black hard case. By the way my tapes are evaluated; one pass.

Thanks everybody.

Glyn Thomas
Thursday 9th September 1999
3:40 pm U.K.


Hello all U-matic folk...

I would like to compose music for TV & film companies. I met up with a TV composer by chance a couple of weeks ago who advised me that I need to invest 200 -300 on a Low Band U-Matic recorder...as this would be the format that I would be working too. So my questions arewould anyone have a low band u-matic recorder which I could sync mysequencer too, that I can buy & what is the time sync format that is used.

Any advise would be welcome.




Nick Koper
Wednesday 8th September 1999
8:04 pm U.K.


I have a Sony BVU800P player/recorder with a small defect. In playback mode the TV picture is shaking up an down the TV screen (it looks as if vertical sync doesn't function correctly). Playing back the same tape on a different machine doesn't show the problem, so the original recording is OK. Recording a stable video signal also results in a shaking picture, but then 'frozen' on the tape (verified with a correctly functioning machine). When I playback a tape by using the Jog/Shuttle mode, I do not encounter the problem (vertical sync seems to be OK).

Is there anybody who recognizes this problem? Any clue what could be wrong with the machine? Any suggestions for repair?

Regards,Nick Koper

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Wednesday 8th September 1999
11:35 am U.K.



I don't have access to my old Umatic catalogues at the moment but I don't think the 5630is an editor. Edit machines have a flying erase head ..an extra head on the video head discwhich erases the video track a tad before the new one is laid down.

Many VCRs (of all breeds) will do a 'sort' of assemble edit quite well,but the lack of a flying erase head means that the old track is simply overwritten by the new ..and there are traces of the old left behind...

This leads to the sort of fluttering-coloured bands yousee at the edit points...

On the other hand if your machine is a proper editor thenyou should always work on a blacked tape in insert modeNever assemble edit unless you really have no choice (i.ehave come to the end of a blacked section) The reason forthis is that it ensures a continuous and stable sync track..

As for that 7 pin cable ..i don't think youcan connect the machine to anything otherthan another VCR or a TBC via that outlet..

It _doesn't_ carry Y/C in the form that we would normally understand it.

It carries Y and the C component in the form of the 'colour under' signal.


Matt Rathney-Quinn
Wednesday 8th September 1999
11:27 am U.K.


Yo Paul! How are you mate ..long time no hear!

I can confirm that Paul's software works seriously well and cancontrol all sorts of lovely toys with indecent accuracy.

We're very lucky to have Paul Here as a member of the list, apart from being an utterly decent sort of a bloke his softwareis beautifully engineered. An example of how it should be done!

...you don't fancy developing some NLE software which would release usall from the dreaded windoze do you Paul ;-)


Daniel Napier
Friday 3rd September 1999
3:11 pm U.K.


High Band Umatics for Sale!!!! I have the Following: 2 X BVU 800P Umatic (One only good for Spares) 1 X BVU 820P Umatic 1 X BVU 870P Umatic 1 X BVT 800ps TBC Sold as seen, as far as I know there all in working order!

The lot for 600 o.n.o.

klaus esser
Wednesday 1st September 1999
6:37 pm U.K.


Hi!Looking for second hand remote cables for RM-440/ VO 5800 /5850PKlaus

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