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roger
Monday 21st August 2000
7:57 pm U.K.

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Im am having problems with my sony vo 6800 ps portable u-matic recorder after inserting the tape I't just makes a clacking noise without actually loading the tape , the only way to get the thing l;oading is to jame the tape down verry hard (to hard for the good of the machine)Anyone know this problem?please mail megreetingsroger

John
Monday 21st August 2000
11:12 am U.K.

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Sydney, Australia - anyone know of good place to get cheap used U-Matic tapes, or even reasonably priced new ones?

Thanks.

Walter Steenvoorden
Monday 21st August 2000
7:26 am U.K.

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Matt, as i experienced myself a lot of bussinesses in the UK operate with clubs, like Unions for Cameraman, Associated Audio Personel etc. etc. In Holland we do'nt have "clubs" like these, but seminars and instruction classes done by 3rd party companys, specialized in PR and product promoting. Who are hired by supliers of AV-stuff. But i also have to admit that a lot of places in the big world of AV are hard to get into. I teamed up with a big productions company ages ago, who invite me to Sony,Panasonic,Ikegami and other production presentations. They also can sneak me into AES and even EBU meetings.Since i work for a mediacompany this all has become a lot easier.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Sunday 20th August 2000
9:25 pm U.K.

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Haven't you heard Tom?

Information and catalogues about video equipment fall under the official secrets act in the UK. If you're a VERY good boy , after 20 or so years in the game, you might just get invited to a seminar on some piece of crap you wouldn't buy in a million years being held at the opposite end of the country!

I recently complained to Panasonic about this and got back a letter of vague apology together with photocopies of the OHP slides the bloke had used in his talk! ...weird!!!

They just don't seem to appreciate that even if you but their kit used, a few years down the line, you're still keeping it in circulation and aiding new buyers by helping them realise the capital they have tied up in their old kit. Nor do they seem to realise that even if you're routinely hiring kit, you'll only hire stuff you know! ....one of the reasons why I rarely take out anything other than a UVW100 ...I know the camera and won't have to fanny about for half the shoot (or the night before)working out what does what...

Tom Mountford
Sunday 20th August 2000
8:35 pm U.K.

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Howde everyone!

My shelves are full of big catalogues from audio dealers like StudioSpares, RS, Canford, Raper & Wayman etc... but I can't seem to find any video dealers who send out fat glossy video kit catalogues. Anyone got any names? Thanks.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Sunday 20th August 2000
11:50 am U.K.

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I think there's a preset inside the machine to set the tracking neutral position though I don't advise anyone to start twiddling 'till they know WHAT they're twiddling!

JSP
Saturday 19th August 2000
11:59 am U.K.

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to TROY in regards to manuals

Theres heaps of manuals popping up on ebay, unfortunately for me they are usually all for NTSC machines and not PAL.

Tom, I have a sony vp-5040 that is very similar, always has been since I got it and I just leave the knob all the way to the right, never thought about it really.

Also im trying to get a fairly priced 5600/5630 5800/5850, or even a JVC front load low band umat recorder, in South Australia.

John

Tom Mountford
Friday 18th August 2000
6:54 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone!

I've got hold of a recently made low-band recording (on SP tape) to try out the VP-5030. When the tracking knob is in the 'fixed' position I get a regular flurry of white tearing across the bottom of the picture. When I turn the knob all the way to the left it instantly clears to an absolutely perfect picture. Is the deck just badly off bonk and in need of a line-up or should I just leave the knob to the left? Cheers.

Walter Steenvoorden
Friday 18th August 2000
11:52 am U.K.

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We'ge got a HDW-700a WSP with an Agenieux lens on rent for $ 1250 an hour. With a depost on it of a $4000 as a minimuim. I dont thank anyone sells these things second hand yet. You can only get these HDW machines new from your local Sony Broadcast and Professional reseller.P.S. These machines are not you're everyday ENG-camcorder machines, their high-preformance high resolution digital movie camcorder For conversion to TV broadcast you'll need a full size deck with an AD/DA mapper and a conversion board. The output from the portable HDW machines is good for previewing but not broadcasting

majed
Friday 18th August 2000
4:35 am U.K.

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hi loking for hdw 700a hdcam and hdw250 portapl recorder and 9 inch monitor

Troy Thoele
Friday 18th August 2000
1:03 am U.K.

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Help wanted - I need a service manual and a users manual for a sony VP5000 player. Copies or scans are fine. I'm looking for info on the sync connectors and the remote connector so I can use it in a cable station.

Thanks,Troy

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Thursday 17th August 2000
3:55 pm U.K.

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ROLF!......

Don't worry about it; My Mother never got used to it either, fortunately my wife is rather more tolerant; at the moment my edit suite's set up in the living room ...... The Triumph Herald having taken my dad's business unit over. ....some day I'll get round to building office space in there <g>

...I BVH in the living room Hmmm ....

I'll take a look at the site you mentioned Tom, thanks.

BTW ..when you pass your test what you really want is a Morris Minor van <g>

Tom Mountford
Wednesday 16th August 2000
7:43 pm U.K.

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'Ello there!

I'm getting the BVH from the BB-list (www.bbist.co.uk) there's loads of great stuff being offered on the site, most of it at pretty fair prices. BB-list offers an 'escrow service' so even though you're buying blind you get 48-hours to try the kit out after it's been delivered.

I'm taking driving lessons at the moment so by the end of the year I should have a car of my own to load up with as much old gear as I can get my hands on! My parents have never quite warmed to the large pieces of roaring machinery that keep appearing in my room and getting in the way of the hoover...

Frans and Angie
Tuesday 15th August 2000
9:32 pm U.K.

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hI,

I am searching for a front loader edit UMATIC, and tech. books for the CR-6060E from JVC .. HELP!, I have a JVC CR6060E it works fine, but I need a editing machine pref. PAL and NTSC if not, only PAL will be okay, somebody?????

Maybe we could swap something .. please phone me ..

Frans LupschenVijverstraat 826443 XP BrunssumPhone : 31-45-5640360 (045-5640360) Netherlands.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Tuesday 15th August 2000
8:13 pm U.K.

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Tom,

Transport.... from where to where?

..Can't your Dad or somebody nip round in an estate car or summat?

Let me know how you get on with it; this sounds like my brand of madness <g>

Matt

Tom Mountford
Tuesday 15th August 2000
7:18 pm U.K.

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Howde! Yep, I've found a BVH-2000 (recorder) for a hundred quid, they're gonna' get back to me on the cost of transporting it - I dread to think!

Walter Steenvoorden
Tuesday 15th August 2000
1:14 pm U.K.

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Tom, Tapes in Hilversum , Holland still suplies one inch. They sell both types, the B-tapes (as used on the Bosch BCN-series) and the Sony C-tapes as used on BVH and Ampex machines. you can find them online at http://www.tapes.nl , i don't know if they ship outside holland. The've got a lot of tapes in stock for fairly good prices. Recently i bought some new M-II tapes for a bargain!

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Monday 14th August 2000
10:43 pm U.K.

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Good kick eh :-) ...It's knowing where to kick I suppose.

...DOn't tell me you've found a 1" machine???

The tape is expensive; too expensive, best seek out some second hand ...I think Stanleys do new stuff.

Tom Mountford
Monday 14th August 2000
10:32 pm U.K.

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Hi Matt, and all,

Sure is a dodgy connection somewhere - I resorted to giving it a good kick and it came back to life again. All seems fine but I'll search for the cause anyway - there's nothing worse than kit you're never quite sure will work the next time you go to use it. I've cleaned up the heads but they're very tired - loads of sparklies and streaks but not bad for a freebie machine.

P.S. Anyone know of a supplier of 1"C format videotape?

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Monday 14th August 2000
12:01 am U.K.

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Hi Tom...

.....God! 1982! year you were born! ...scary!

..anyway, enough of my mid life crisis rehersal .... Clean the heads Tom, then , with a wooden dowel or somethng wequally non-conductive, start GENTLY proding components..

Electrolytics are my favourite ..the often 'go' sometimes piddling down their own legs, but it might be something as simple as a connection which has become oxidised

...but the way to go is a gentle examination of the said beast looking for dry joins etc ...it's quite possible the heads are gone or just badly choked ...does that model mute the video 'till there's a stable rf signal off the heads?

Tom Mountford
Thursday 10th August 2000
8:40 pm U.K.

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Howde!

Our clients turned up on a location shoot today with a beat-up 5030 lo-band player from their boardroom (they got it in Jan '82 - when I was born!) and wondered if we wanted to take it off their hands as it was just gathering dust. Why aren't there more people like that?

The tape laces perfectly and all the transport is remarkably still very quick off the mark and acurate. When I first hit play I just got sound - the video was absolutely blank. After a while it flickered into life, kept a good picture for a couple of minutes then dropped to black again. I've left it playing tapes for a few hours but still no picture - just absolute black. Anyone got any ideas?

Cheers

Walter Steenvoorden
Thursday 10th August 2000
6:53 am U.K.

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Reply on 1 Inch Machines. Sony also made the BVH 3000 series on wich they based their DVH digital 1 inch machines. Wich also has players and editors with the same type number

Walter Steenvoorden
Monday 7th August 2000
7:50 pm U.K.

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Does anybody know what value the capcitor C10 on the PW1A board has inside an Philips BTS LDK6 CCU module, i know this one is tricky since it's a single (one phase) mounted needed for the 12.5 volt stabilisation.

steve
Monday 7th August 2000
9:18 am U.K.

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Quantity of used U-matic SP portable tapes at 2.50 each email if interestedSteve

Benny van den Burg
Saturday 5th August 2000
11:53 am U.K.

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Sony BVW 400 AP Beta SP Camcorder 353 hrs for sale 7950/$14000Canon J1 lens 18X with 2X Extender Broadcast Quality Cost originally 8500/$15000 Sell for 950 /$1600

Tom Mountford
Thursday 3rd August 2000
9:04 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone!

I've just been looking around for one-inch VTRs, I don't want anything too old so I've been looking at Sony's BVH series, pretty damn sexy looking machines if you ask me! I'm interested in the BVH-2000. It was said by someone to be "One of the best broadcast tape machines ever made". I've found two at the right price - The first has a pretty bare control panel with little else but a PLAY button on it, the other has edit controls and a RECORD button. Why is one a player and the other a recorder when they both share the same model number? I know it's not a U-matic related question but I'd be grateful to anyone who could explain it.

Also I noticed that one-inch machines output a loud one second 'rumble' on the audio once they get up to speed. Anyone out there have any clue what this is? Is it an indicator they're up to speed or what?

Cheers.

Ian Greenhalgh
Wednesday 2nd August 2000
10:26 pm U.K.

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Does anyone know the differences betwee the BVU-150 and VO8800 Sony SP portables? They seem almost identical in features and specs, is the BVU-150 a more high-end pro model (higher-priced)?

alex
Monday 31st July 2000
9:45 pm U.K.

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For sale: 2 videorecorders SONY U-MATIC VO 2600 (player) and VO 2650 (editing) with remote editing controller.Write me if interested. Good price and all in good conditions!

alex
Monday 31st July 2000
9:40 pm U.K.

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Vendo banco di montaggio U-Matic composto da 2 videoregistratori Sony V0 2600 e 2650 con centralina tutto in ottime condizioni.Se interessati scrivete

Walter Steenvoorden
Thursday 27th July 2000
7:48 am U.K.

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I sold it! , i own a clean bass ment now!

Connie Jones
Tuesday 25th July 2000
7:10 pm U.K.

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We are looking for a manual for the Sony U-Matic VO 5600. Thank you.

Walter Steenvoorden
Tuesday 25th July 2000
11:58 am U.K.

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On sale FAST! (gone in a week , i hope)1x Hitachi Z-one-C with Sony BVV-1a PAL versions (drum 298/thread 1199 hrs) 3CCD imaging >650 TVL, gives a nice low smear picture at just 12.9 lux. with sony BVV-1a Betacam SP recorder module (needs playback adapter for playback!). Gives a nice picture comes with tripod plate, portabrace raincover and carrying case, 2 batts and a charger. Ideal for ENG/EFP, low budget film and event videography.

David Giffard
Monday 24th July 2000
9:57 am U.K.

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I can't rewind on my Sony 2860P Umatic. I would be extremely pleased if someone could email scans of relevant circuit diagram or post a photocopy or loan a manual or give suggestions as to the cure.Many thanks.

Ian Greenhalgh
Saturday 22nd July 2000
10:20 pm U.K.

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Hi,

can I use SP tapes in lo-band and hi-band decks? I've got a stack of tapes for the SP standard, but only lo-band and hi-band equipment, is there any problems using these kind of tapes in theses decks?

Richard Taylor
Friday 21st July 2000
9:13 pm U.K.

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I have new Sony video drum assemble for a vo5850 # A-6709-365-A.A video drum assemble for a vo5000 #A-6709-396-A and a capstain motor Part # 8-838-019-01. These parts are new still in original box.E-mail for prices.

Alan Paternoster
Thursday 20th July 2000
8:01 pm U.K.

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I have a JVC BR-6400TR which I need an RF converter for. The uk part is JVC part number PU 54120, parts 54121 thru 23 are not the correct items but if anyone has one of these I may be able to convert it. Any info very welcome,,,,, I love the unit and apart from this it's great (units aren't built like this anymore). Cheers,,,,,,,I also have a Sony VO-5850 that I'm not using,,,,,, if anyone wants to make me an offer ???? it's just too heavy to keep moving around.

Terry Kelly
Thursday 20th July 2000
6:19 pm U.K.

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Hey, folks!I just aquired two Sony BVU 200A machines (top load decks) and an edit controler. The major drawback is I have no manuals! Can anyone help me? Where is the cheapest place to get tapes?

Jon Weirmeir
Thursday 20th July 2000
1:28 am U.K.

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Hi!

Does anyone know anything about the 33 pin cables used inUmatic remote control and the "stuff" carried on them?

I've been looking high and low for a pinout diagram, with no adu.

Help!

steven tutty
Wednesday 19th July 2000
4:56 pm U.K.

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I own two U-Matic decks, a BVU-800 and a VO-1600. My BVU-800 is my flag ship and will not modify it. Can I modify my VO-1600 to use a Beta Hi-Fi Processor, such as the HFP200 to obtain AFM Stereo audio?I live in Canada and we use the NSTC system of 525 lines.

John
Wednesday 19th July 2000
9:10 am U.K.

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FREE! I have a Sony VP-5040 player which I am happy to give away free to a good home. It is in good working order, and includes the user manual and remote. Note that the cable for the remote is missing though.

I am located in the suburb of Marsfield, in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Please email me to arrange pick up details.

Regards,

John

EFI
Monday 17th July 2000
5:05 pm U.K.

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HELLO!PLEASE CHECK EBAY USER: EFI WE HAVE LOTS OF VIDEO EQUIPMENT INCLUDING THE AMPEX ACE25!THANKS!.eFi.

roger
Saturday 15th July 2000
3:08 pm U.K.

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hoi ik ben op zoek naar een umatic montage set niet te duur maar hij moet wel goed zijn

zouzou.
Saturday 15th July 2000
12:17 pm U.K.

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hello.i'm looking for a sony betacam sp recorder(bvw2800)& a wide anglelenth for professionel camcorder& audio mixer 8 inputs++++...i'm ready to buy it now.

roger
Friday 14th July 2000
9:12 pm U.K.

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Problems with me sony vo8600ps It won't take the tape in unlessthe tape loader is jammed down , it justs makes clacking noiseanyone knows this promblem?also has anyone a (service) manual for this old portable

Walter Steenvoorden
Friday 14th July 2000
2:17 pm U.K.

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Needed Hitachi FP-10 Tripod plate. And if possible Porta Brace bag for Hitachi FP-10 / FP 15. I hope anybody still has these

steve
Thursday 13th July 2000
9:01 pm U.K.

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Low-band U-matic machines priced for quick saleSony VP-5040 Player 200. 00Sony VO-5630 Recorder 100.00Sony VO-5800 Recorder 200. 00Sony VO-5850 Edit Recorder 250.00Quantity of each availableemail for further detailsSteve

Eddie Nascimben
Thursday 13th July 2000
2:17 pm U.K.

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SECAN VHS COPY I WONDER IF ANYONE COULD HELP I NEED TO MAKEABOUT 1000 COPY OF VHS TAPE ON SECAN FORMAT ( FRANCE SYSTM ) THATFROM NTSC BETASP MASTER. IN LONDON or IN [email protected]

roger
Thursday 13th July 2000
12:50 am U.K.

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Hi:Can anyone tell me how to demag the heads of my vo6800 sp?

roger
Wednesday 12th July 2000
7:12 pm U.K.

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Can anyone give me some advice on how to demagnitize the heads of my sony v0-6800 ps ?

Patrick
Wednesday 12th July 2000
5:55 pm U.K.

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Looking for a video head disc for a Sony VO-2860p - The recorder is "PAL" standard. Does anyone have a disc for sale ?

roger
Tuesday 11th July 2000
11:39 am U.K.

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does anyone have A (service)manual for the vo 6800ps for me ?

Walter Steenvoorden
Tuesday 11th July 2000
6:41 am U.K.

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Peter, SVHS taps cannot be played on a VHS machine this is due to the increased bandwith wich is used with SVHS. And when you put a Metal SVHS (i.e. JVC Professional S, Digital S)tape in a older type of VHS it could damage the life of your recorders head

Peter
Tuesday 11th July 2000
3:22 am U.K.

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I have inherited a pair of National AG6500 and a panasonic remote panel and Sony VO5630. Unfortunately no instruction books. If anyone has a book for either I would be grateful for the info.

Also can SVHS tapes be played on a VHS machine?

taPeter

Matt Rathney-quinn
Monday 10th July 2000
12:13 pm U.K.

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For those who were wondering Terry's sit is _Excellent_ and can be found at

www.callnetuk.com/home/terrym

Not only has Terry collected some fine machines but he seems to have most of them working. Well worth a look.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Sunday 9th July 2000
10:30 am U.K.

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Terry,

I'm sure many of us would love to visit your site ...if only we knew the url!

ashi
Saturday 8th July 2000
2:34 pm U.K.

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I m looking for pal U matic set 9800 and 9850 please contact at 4104333566 also i m looking bvw50 65 and 70

Terry Martini
Saturday 8th July 2000
11:22 am U.K.

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Hi! You may like to take a look at my own site which features beta and umatic in the VTR section. I am hoping to expand both sections over time.

Peter Phipp
Monday 3rd July 2000
5:12 pm U.K.

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Sony BVU110P portable highband umatic converted to SP format. Fitted with full Time code boards. Manual included. and 12 tapes. 350 ono.Sony DXC537 2/3 inch 3 chip camera with low hours in excellent condition. With CA537 backend and cables to connect to umatic or Beta portable.. All original manuals etc. 1500 without lens or 2000 with Fuji 16x zoom lens. Can also add hi8 backend for 200 EV9000P. Tel 020 88782226 or email.

Tom Mountford
Sunday 2nd July 2000
8:14 pm U.K.

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Hi all!

There's been a lot talked about using NTSC U-matic kit, America's full of clapped-out ex-community TV stuff going for loose change. There's literally thousands of items in ebay's video section on their US site (I looked at ebay's UK site but there's almost nothing video there at all!) Shame, because it's a great way of buying used kit on a budget.

Interestingly, unlike other video formats, U-matic cassettes last for the same length when used in PAL or NTSC because it's the drum that changes speed and not the tape - clever little gimmic. It's worthwhile remembering that many NLE capture cards just won't handle intercutting PAL and NTSC material and will usually output in the standard captured i.e. NTSC in, NTSC out. If the kit hasn't got a transformer that can be swithched over to 240v then that's going to be more hassle.

On another note my, well my employer's, new system is arriving from Freehand in Guilford sometime within the next couple of weeks. Discreet edit*, paint* and effect* on an IBM Intellistation M PRO. Phwoaarrr!!!! Can't wait!

steve
Thursday 29th June 2000
7:09 pm U.K.

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Sony BVU-950 High Band SP Edit Recorder for sale 650.00

Merijn van den Berg
Wednesday 28th June 2000
7:21 pm U.K.

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a question about my BVU800, there are a lot of plugincards in it like the MD12, YD9, CD14, AU13, RS3, SV9, and a TC card. What are all these cards for, Walter, you know this! I want an TC generetor in my umatic. thanks

Walter J.F. Steenvoorden
Wednesday 28th June 2000
2:00 pm U.K.

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Wanted for costumer of mine: Sony VO5800 / VO5850 RM 440 editing suite, in a fairly good condintion at a resonable price (local TV station!). PAL version. Needs to be somewhere in Holland, or willing to ship!.

Selling for the same guy: Sony VO2800 (2x),Sony VP2000 , RM 430 with cables (Recorders/Players are (near) defect,but usable for parts, RM430 condition good but cables faulty)

Selling:Sony VP9000 with BKU 701 NTSC, Needed: Hitachi FP 10/15/20/21/C-series/H-series tripod plate.

Walter Steenvoorden
Monday 26th June 2000
9:11 pm U.K.

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Question:Yesterday i dubbed from a Sony HDCAM HDW-F500 to a BVW-75 (DT)Betacam SP, and for no apperant reason, the limiter light of my Berhinger Audio DA converter kept hitting +6dB in the (output) red, (the meters on the BVW-75 acted normal) whilst at the same time connected to a 5K$ Hewlett Packard digital scope, it reported no audio overclipping what so ever?. When i use a DAT or a Digi Beta as source it stayed normal (i.e. >0dB). The Audio on the BetaSP sounded great , but i did not feel that happy seeing all those overloads on my meters. Does anyone know why it does this with HDCAM.

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Sunday 25th June 2000
10:11 pm U.K.

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>>>>>>I don't see any problems with converting NTSC to PAL once the footage has been digitised onto the PC, the difference in fields per sec shouldn't be a problem, although there may be some issues with sequences of video where there is rapid horizontal movement, converteing these from 60 to 50 fields may cause some undesirable strobing of the moving objects.<<<<<<

The problems may be more complex than this. I've seen postings on NLE newsgroups posing the question and, though I've never tried it myselfthe general concensus seems to be that it doesn't work well.

>>>>How well do NTSC lo-band recordings play back on PAl umatic decks with NTSC playback capability like the SOny VP5030?<<<<

Well enough but the output is not true NTSC rather NTSC with the subcarrier at 4.43 Mhz; You can't capture this ordinarily any more than you can capture from one of the NTSC playback PAL VCR's; It's not a TRUE NTSC signal. If you insist on going down this route then you will need a US spec mains deck for playback and are probably best mastering back to it.

Matt.

Ian Greenhalgh
Sunday 25th June 2000
9:30 pm U.K.

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Hi,

I forgot to mention that my Hitchi FP-15 was bought from the US, and so I'm guessing it needs to be used with an NTSC umatic portable. I don't see any problems with converting NTSC to PAL once the footage has been digitised onto the PC, the difference in fields per sec shouldn't be a problem, although there may be some issues with sequences of video where there is rapid horizontal movement, converteing these from 60 to 50 fields may cause some undesirable strobing of the moving objects.

How well do NTSC lo-band recordings play back on PAl umatic decks with NTSC playback capability like the SOny VP5030?

Ian Greenhalgh

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Sunday 25th June 2000
3:16 pm U.K.

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>>>>>>>>I've decided to get myself some decent albeit old video kit to use to make shortfilms. I've been using a Panasonic SVHS-C camcorder and editing using my PC andcapture card. I HATE VHS/SVHS with a passion as the quality is OK first gen but afterthat.... you know the story. I have plenty of experience with MII and DVCPro camerasand editing decks from my college years, but I ain't got the money for digi kit, so I'vebought some kit from eBay:

Hitachi FP-15 3-tube camera $100 Sony VO8800 umatic portable $185 (NTSC!) SonyVP5030 lo-band VTP 20 (PAL) 3 Sony BP-60 batteries & charger $60 Kangaroo casefor VO8800 $30 FP-15 Hard Shell Case $35 30x once-used sony 20min SP tapes $35

I've got some 110v-240v transformers so using US kit is no problem. <<<<<<<<<<

Ok I assume you're in the UK or Australia and am therefore a little concerned at the use ofNTSC kit. Certainly you'll be able to capture NTSC footage with your capture card.You'll need a BNC to Phono lead and whatever your audio outputs (XLR?) to phono. Usethe composite input on the capture card. the problem will come when it's time to output,presumably to VHS or SVHS; I'm not 100% sure that you can render a PAL file fromNTSC footage. Your 8800 should run on 12V and it might be better to use a pukka 240V-12V supply; I think I'm right in saying this can be applied via a 4-pin XLR socket?(anybody care to correct me on this) Most 12V equipment can be happily run from aGOOD 12v supply such as sold for CB radios etc; take the time to replace the postconnectors with an XLR though.

NTSC converts relatively poorly to PAL and to be quite honest I'm not sure if you'llachieve the results you expect; there is also the point that you'll need an NTSC monitor orTV with that facility. Personally I think much better results would have been obtainedwith a PAL lo-band setup. I use a JVC 4400 myself and coupled to a Panasonic F10 itproduces good solid results which capture and process well. I paid just 30 for the JVCand lowband machines generally are not expensive. Personally I wouldn't pay more thanabout 60 for even a 6800 , 30-45 for a Cr4400 or Vo4800 ..though Higband modelsare a little different.. and a converted machine or one with a load of pukka accessories isobviously going to be worth more

>>>>>>I suppose I could use an SP player like the VP9000 seeing as I intend to outputthe finished video to VHS, and DVD. I'm not bothered about archiving on SP, as a DVDcopy will be fine for my own archives.<<<<<<

You could, but an SP recording deck would be good, particularly if you can assemble editproperly; most PC based NLE systems have issues related to the 2Gb windows file limit.Personally I now output mostly to SVHS using a JVC 7500, cheap, cheerful, easy to runetc and the tapes are easily duplicated; results are good. For playback I use a 7630 and Ioriginally mastered onto that machine, the lack of a proper assemble edit function proveda slight problem.

It should be possible to make up a camera lead; I don't have the pinouts to hand for the8800 unfortunately ..perhaps someone would be kind enough to post these up? ....what'son the camera? ..again pin-outs will be needed. You can use good quality SCART cablefor camera leads but it DOES have to be GOOD pukka Scart cable..

Have funMatt

Ian Greenhalgh
Sunday 25th June 2000
1:36 pm U.K.

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H,

does anyone have a PAL portable umatic VTR for sale, I'm looking for something cheap as a starter deck, for light amateur use so doesn't have to be a low-hours unit, just something that works and is cheap!

Ian Greenhalgh

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Ian Greenhalgh
Sunday 25th June 2000
11:27 am U.K.

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I've decided to get myself some decent albeit old video kit to use to make short films. I've been using a Panasonic SVHS-C camcorder and editing using my PC and capture card. I HATE VHS/SVHS with a passion as the quality is OK first gen but after that.... you know the story. I have plenty of experience with MII and DVCPro cameras and editing decks from my college years, but I ain't got the money for digi kit, so I've bought some kit from eBay:

Hitachi FP-15 3-tube camera $100Sony VO8800 umatic portable $185 (NTSC!)Sony VP5030 lo-band VTP 20 (PAL)3 Sony BP-60 batteries & charger $60Kangaroo case for VO8800 $30FP-15 Hard Shell Case $3530x once-used sony 20min SP tapes $35

I've got some 110v-240v transformers so using US kit is no problem.I was originally planning to buy a lo-band portable such as a Sony 4800 or a JVC CR-4400, but I couldn't resist the lure of the SP format over one of those old clunkers. Seeing as I don't have an SP deck other than the VO8800, I'll have to capture from that deck. What is the best way to connect this deck to my capture card which has phono composite and Svideo connectors? In order to minimise the ehad wear on the portable deck I'm gonna have to get an SP deck, what do people reccomend, and how much should I be looking to pay for a used deck that has enough life left in it for light amateur use? I don't need an edit deck, and I suppose I could use an SP player like the VP9000 seeing as I intend to output the finished video to VHS, and DVD. I'm not bothered about archiving on SP, as a DVD copy will be fine for my own archives.

Does anyone have any experience of using a Hitachi FP-15 with a Sony portable umatic? The cam doesn't have a Sony 14-pin connector so how do I connect then - BNC?

Any help appreciated by umatic newbie.

Ian [email protected]

John
Sunday 25th June 2000
5:57 am U.K.

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Anyone have a JVC CR-6060E for sale that is in good working order. Am in Australia, so would prefer one that's not too far away.

Thanks,

John

DARYLIZ COLON REYES
Friday 23rd June 2000
7:37 pm U.K.

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I HAVE A VERY BIG SITUATION. IM IN CHARGE OF A VIDEOLIBRARY AT WORK, BUT IVE GOT PROBLEMS WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER, AND THE U-MATIC TAPE GOT FUNGUS. MY BOSS IS WORRY BECAUSE WE CANT FIND AN EQUIPMENT THAT SOLVED THAT SITUATION. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A U-MATIC TAPE CLEANER THAT WORKS CLEANING THE FUNGUS IN THE TAPE. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME.!!!

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Friday 23rd June 2000
11:48 am U.K.

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>>>>>Name: Scott WilsonEmail: [email protected] 20th June 10:29 pm U.K. Time What is the function of a TBC?<<<<<

Time Base Corrector....

As the name suggests, and In very simple terms it smooths aout all the jitter and timing errors inherhant in any helical scan VTR's picture.

This is important in editing since any timebase error will be compounded as a result of dubbing. Also in non-linear editing it helps since some capture cards can baulk at serious timebase error such as from VHS etc ..results in dropped frames etc....

Matt

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Friday 23rd June 2000
11:42 am U.K.

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>>>>>1) How expensive are replacement Saticon tubes (2/3" - H4101) roughly?<<<<<

'bout the same as rocking-horse droppings. tubes have a shelf-life and good ones will be hard to find

>>>>>2) Where can you get them?<<<<

same place as rocking-horse dropppings and hen's teeth.

3) Just how complicated is it to do your OWN alignment/calibration on a 3-tube camera? What kind of equipment is a must to do this job?

Quite! If you are already an A V or electronics person you migt be able to teach yourself to handle it. If not don't; you'll probably wreck a perfectly good camera.

>>>>Are there ways to get it done WITHOUT special equipment or training?<<<

Blind faith and arrogance? couldn't really advise it; you need the manual, 'scope, some test charts, good multimeter, be a good solderer.....

(If not, how expensive a job is it to have somoeone else do it?)

YOu CAN do this; it's probably a good alternative to building a model boat as a hobby, but you can do it, tyou're gonna lear a lot of electronics in the process and the results may not be 100% but you CAN do it!

Matt

Jim
Thursday 22nd June 2000
9:27 pm U.K.

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I'm looking for a Sony BVU-950 3/4" deck w/ timecode card. Anyone have one in good shape??

Eric Walusis
Thursday 22nd June 2000
4:29 am U.K.

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THREE CAMERA QUESTIONS!

1) How expensive are replacement Saticon tubes (2/3" - H4101) roughly?

2) Where can you get them?

3) Just how complicated is it to do your OWN alignment/calibration on a 3-tube camera? What kind of equipment is a must to do this job? Are there ways to get it done WITHOUT special equipment or training? (If not, how expensive a job is it to have somoeone else do it?)

Okay, I know that was more than 3 questions, but if anyone can help, PLEASE respond to: [email protected]

Thanks!

Peter Phipp
Wednesday 21st June 2000
8:56 pm U.K.

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For Sale; 3 tube Hitachi FP21 camera in flight case with power supply and all original manuals . In very good condition (serviced by Hitachi) with connecting cables to go to a Umatic portable recorder. Sell for 750 . or will exchange for something else? a VTR maybe. I need a Betacam machine of some sort. Tel (020)88782226 or email [email protected]

Scott Wilson
Tuesday 20th June 2000
9:29 pm U.K.

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What is the function of a TBC?

steve
Tuesday 20th June 2000
5:27 am U.K.

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various u-matic machines for sale also edit controls, lights and cameras. Full list available at http://www.mvsvideo.co.uk/equipment_list.htmSteve

VP - 2000
Sunday 18th June 2000
4:17 am U.K.

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Ive got a VP-2000 i wanted to know how much its worth in workin condition. Dose anyone wanna buy it. E-Mail me.

Gianni
Friday 16th June 2000
11:53 am U.K.

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some vendors(fast 601, that work at 50mbs) tell me that new camcorder sony sx50mbit has not future(?) because sony maybe will make new camcorder with hd recording or disk recording(?). i dont know, i know only that i'm going to be crazy.i must do new investments, but i want to do good investments, like in 1989 when i bought M7,9800,9850,8800, and i am still working!!i would like buy a camcorder that is really a new standard, the substitute of beta sp, and so, buy a nle that work in the native format of the camcorder(fast say that they are the only on the market at 50mbs,we are talking about mpeg2).my eyes look at avid xpress or matrox edit, but they are jpeg,(old jpeg?). And now what is the solution? i wait, i wait, but i am tyred. if you have the solution.................bye Gianni from italy

Walter J.F. Steenvoorden
Friday 16th June 2000
10:05 am U.K.

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I just read another Sony article about a home-use camcorder wich can record 10 min DV -quality picture on a !!MINI DISC!! (huh?). The use as special 650 MB minidisc or MD -D2 disc wich goes into a small -DCR PC-1- like camcorder. The picture's aren't that bad in the 10 minutes SP mode, when in the VP mode it's comparable to Hi-8 and records about 13 to 15 minutes. and if used in longplay it records 20 minutes, but that looks like VHS (buh!). The Disccam as sony calls it, has a lot of cool editing functions in it, theirfore it could do as a professional camcorder for quick on the spot, self operating programmaker cam, for local stations. But i don't like the recording time of just 10 minutes, Sony's working on a 30 minute version disc.How do you U-matic people feel about Minidisc camcorders? (Personally i think it has it's pro's and con's but will not be able to do the things a u-matic is made for, minidisc is just good for easy audio editing!)

Walter Steenvoorden
Thursday 15th June 2000
8:36 pm U.K.

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Just done some reading on the SX 50 format: Sony sais that this new 50 megabit standard has been made for DVD autohoring and Editing with Avid/Media100/Pinacle. The camcorders will range from a cheap but good working 4:3 IT 3 ccd 480K PowerHAD (as in UVW-100, EVW-300) machine to a 4:3/16:9 FIT 3 CCD machines (SDTV equiv of the HDTV HDCAM camcorders). Also their going to implent the SX50 in to the hybrid edit recorders (the ones with a harddisc onboard). I think after seeing a demo this system is superior to DVCAM or DVCPRO or even DVCPRO 50. The cam's are super light compared to other betacam machines , they just weigh in about the half of a BVW 400 machine.If anyone else has anything about the SX50 format, please e-mail me!

Jan H.P. from Denmark
Thursday 15th June 2000
2:19 pm U.K.

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For sale:1 rm440 editcontroler W/cabels taken out of studio in good working condition.nice lokking.2 rm 440 editcontroler no cabels unknowcondition but I belive they work.fair costmetic lokking.Price $150 U.S.D. or offer Thank you Jan H.Pedersen

Merijn van den Berg
Thursday 15th June 2000
10:04 am U.K.

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Hi!

I'm looking for some info about sony editcontrollers, I can't find any info about it, especially i'm looking for info or a picture of the bve 600.

Regards

Merijn

John Freitas
Thursday 15th June 2000
3:46 am U.K.

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My 5800 was working great, I just finshed recording about 30 minutes on it, hit pause and left the room. I came back a few minutes later and hit eject button, nothing, not even a lighted button, I had to remove the tape (it was stuck in the 5800) and noticed the arm that takes the tape around the head was in the 7 or 8 o'clock postion. After winding back the motor to the start I was able to rempve tape, but still nothing lights up or works other that when you start it I can hear the motor for just a sec. The lights in the tape bay and the meters work, but thats it... Any idea what I can do??? is there two fuses for this machine??? if so where are they????

HELP... my other two decks are still in the shop and so far it has a bill of over $1200.00.......

Jon Weirmeir
Wednesday 14th June 2000
5:52 pm U.K.

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I was just wondering...What is the "RX" connector for?

Also... Anyone in Metro Detroit, MI USA looking to dispose of UMatic stuff, please email me.

Luigi Serrantoni
Wednesday 14th June 2000
10:32 am U.K.

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for sale in ITALY3/4 high band (BVU) editor recorder PALmodel JVC PR-900Elike new - used only for hobby

John
Wednesday 14th June 2000
9:43 am U.K.

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Hi there

I wish to get my hands on a "skew lever control arm" for a sony VO-5630. Its the same one I beelieve on the 5600, 5000, 5020, 5030, 5800 and 5850's, I could be wrong, mines glued at the moment.....

Also im in AUSTRALIA. But if its cheap enough I will import.

Thanks for your time,

John

John Freitas
Wednesday 14th June 2000
3:51 am U.K.

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I have a 5850 and two 5800 vo decks... they all three have started acting up in the last two months. one lost the control board, the other just stopped working and the 3rd would not track right... anyway the question is I started to use sp tapes and was wondering if that might have caused my problems? anybody ever use sp in a VO recorder before????

Walter Steenvoorden
Tuesday 13th June 2000
5:00 pm U.K.

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Needed: service manual/manual Hitachi FP10E/K (3ccd), and a "timecode machine",a socalled "Uhrschreiber" for a Robotron CF-1 Cintra 1 inch machine.

Clive
Tuesday 13th June 2000
3:54 am U.K.

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WANTED

PAL Sony VO-7630 deck, in good working order.

Clive

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Allan Edwards
Tuesday 13th June 2000
1:30 am U.K.

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I am looking for images of the SONY DXC -3000 (SP) for training purposes. anything would be excellent.!

harrison
Friday 9th June 2000
2:28 pm U.K.

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bvu'for sale,Sydney Australia. i have 3 bvu 800p's for sale in good working condition, including cables & full manual + parts. $A1000

Ruban Jayathas
Friday 9th June 2000
3:09 am U.K.

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hello,i am from sri lanka and we are looking at buying a few U-Matic recorders, players and a TBC. does anyone know where i can find them . i would also like to know why it is necessery to couple a umatic to a TBC when i use it waith a betacam as a player. please include a price list as well about the items requested to my email address

thanks in advance

Walter J.F. Steenvoorden
Wednesday 7th June 2000
2:54 pm U.K.

waltersn@zonnet.nl

It could be that your Audiopcb has gone baserk or that the tape head misses a track during playback (try cleaning it with some aclohol moistend filtcarbon). Do you see the VU meters (audio 1 and 2)give a reading?. Or it could also mean that the Audio doesn't get recorded, i'm afraid (if the head is not good) you'll need a new head , and one for a 5800 series is going to cost (or you could get one from another machine). If it's the PCB, try some contact fluid (Clean it up good after you used , to prevent shortcircuits)Good luck!

Steven Keller
Wednesday 7th June 2000
2:11 am U.K.

keller@theramp.net

I am having some problems with my 5850 and I was wondering if someone couldhelp.

The problem is that it will not record the audio correctly. When I amrecording the CH1 and CH2 meters are working and I get the audio out of theheadphone jack but there is no audio playback. The problem is the samewhether I use the Mic, Line or Dub inputs.

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks,

Steven Keller

Merijn van den Berg
Monday 5th June 2000
6:46 pm U.K.

fantv@hotmail.com

Hello,

I'm looking for a BVU800 or higher for video-editing.

I'm in Holland so I need a PAL version.

thanks...

Merijn

Peter Phipp
Monday 5th June 2000
5:10 pm U.K.

peterphipp@globalnet.co.uk

I am looking for a power supply board that goes into a BVU800. Does anybody have a "dead" BVU800 for sale ?peterphip[p @ globalnet .co. uk (London UK)

Matt Rathney-Quinn
Friday 2nd June 2000
11:40 am U.K.

matt@tfgtv.freeserve.co.uk

1) Make sure the tape has a red record button fitted. It's about 5mm in diameter with a bloody great 'R' on it. Removal prevents recording.

2) Press Record AND Play; many Umatics will go into preview (or E to E) mode if Record is pressed on it's own..

..Don't you have technicians?????? I know a good onw who would move down there for the right money!!!

Walter J.F. Steenvoorden
Friday 2nd June 2000
7:48 am U.K.

waltersn@zonnet.nl

Just some qeustions on the new Beta SX50 format, does anyone now if it requires a playback adaptor (i.e. the BVA400 pb apaptor for the UVW/BVW series Betacam SP Camcorder). And what kind of drop out compensation is used? (Thinking on Digi-beta theory). PS. Ikegami and Avid will release an even better version of their DNS - series diskbased camcorders,HDCAM qaulity on a big scsi disk on the back of a 4 ccd (1R, 2G, 1B as used in Ikegami's HK466 Studio cam) camcorder. I hope Sony's SX50 camcorders are as good as an Philips LDK150 of an Ikegami HL79W (DVCPRO50). I find Sony's DNW- series SX camcorders a bit dissapointing (when compared to the Philips LDK 150). Hope someone knows a lot 'bout SX50 i've got a lot of qeustions.

Tony Walker
Thursday 1st June 2000
2:58 pm U.K.

twalker@plymouth.ac.uk

Can anyone tell me how I can get a Umatic rec/player to record.I think I'm going mad - I press the rec button etc but it will not record.I have student how needs to print her digitally edited video onto Umtic a.s.a.p.Please, please help if you can.

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