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Viktor
Sunday 5th August 2001
7:20 am U.K.

chacalep@hotmail.com

I had another question: does anyone know if I can download the footage from VO8800P onto a PC with Pinnacle DC10 Pro? If not what are the alternative ways of downloading?

Thank you for your adviceViktor

Viktor
Sunday 5th August 2001
7:13 am U.K.

chacalep@hotmail.com

Hi,I wonder if anyone is selling editing equipment/monitor for Umatic SP and audio cables (or complete set) for VO 8800 P. I need to connect a mike on Sony DXC 3000P to the machine and from it to the editing deck or a computer (video cables could be helpful but I think those are easy to buy). I'm new to Umatic format (I shoot on 16mm) and I'd be greatful for any offers and advice.RegardsViktor

Rein Oosterling
Saturday 4th August 2001
8:21 pm U.K.

oosterli@contact.net.nz

Don,

Check if both drum and capstan rotate. If the unit senses that drum or capstan are not working it shows a warning. Did you check the take-up reel motor?

Rein

Roland Pickett
Saturday 4th August 2001
5:16 pm U.K.

rpe@sitesource.co.uk

As a goodwill gesture to any of the palsite subscribers who think that I am a s**t or jealous or whatever, I intend to give away the Quantel effects unit including all the spares etc. featured at http://www.u-matic.com or http://www.u-matic.co.uk with the express proviso that the lucky first claimant by e-mail collects it within the next week from Peterborough. I can tell you now that it weighs about 300kg and comprises 6 units which fill a 19" rack plus the control panels and disk drive etc.

Don
Saturday 4th August 2001
2:18 pm U.K.

don_clay@lineone.net

Hello, Thanks to Rein & Lexion. I have removed the tape OK, but! When inserting a tape, it is wrapped around the capstain ok, but then the (slack tape lamp) begins to blink. All other controls are then inactive.Help please, and thanks. Don

Rein Oosterling
Friday 3rd August 2001
7:54 pm U.K.

oosterli@contact.net.nz

Hi all,

Now I am confused. I have a question for the US people on the list.Do you use low-band and SP? Is there no high-band in the NTSC format?I allways thought NTSC isn't using SP. But never too old to learn.

Rein

Matt
Friday 3rd August 2001
6:21 pm U.K.

matt@tfgtv.co.uk

Oh yes and black your edit tape in the edit recorder.....

Matt
Friday 3rd August 2001
6:19 pm U.K.

matt@tfgtv.co.uk

Have you tried using the composite connections to link the machines rather than the dub connectors?

Mat
Friday 3rd August 2001
4:00 pm U.K.

mat@marjacq.com

Hi

I still have an editing problem. I have two decks, the playback can read Low/High/SP (it has three little lights). The recorder however only has two lights - High/SP. My problem is this. The footage to be cut is on low-band and my edit tape is low-band blacked. I'm afraid it won't edit and when in assemble edit and rolling, the right hand (recorder) monitor is in black & white. When you play back its just black. I tried a Hi-band tape and it recorded across but the image could only be seen in the search mode, in play its black. The guy I bought the stuff off said it had all been upgraded (but years ago and he had hardly ever used it). Do you think that upgrade means the recorder just won't read Low-band and I shall have to go and get another transfer, this time to hi-band?

Very frustrating.

Mat

Matthew north
Friday 3rd August 2001
11:07 am U.K.

info@gothic-rock.freeserve.co.uk

Hello,

Does anyone know of any retailers in the UK selling NEW or fully erviced umatic recorders.

Thanks

Matthew north

Nick
Friday 3rd August 2001
5:34 am U.K.

cataniaprod@yahoo.com

Rein,

Glad I can clarify some terminology. Sometimes I get confused with the low/high band issue. (something new to me) In the U.S, there is standard U-Matic and then there is U-Matic SP.There isn't any low/high band. They pretty much phazed out the standard U-Matic and now starting to phaze out the U-Matic format all together. Funny thing though, you can record in SP and playback the same cassette on a standard machine.(and vice versa) You can also use standard cassettes with SP decks and SP cassettes with standard decks. Although, the SP decks can detect a standard cassette by way of mechanism and will only record standard on that cassette. You could easily make a couple of holes in the back of the standard cassette to trick the SP deck to think it is a SP cassette when it in fact is not. Although, I wouldn't do this all the time because the tapes have different oxide particles on them and will ruin the head over time. Funny thing also, I haven't been able to find any U-Matic NTSC decks that will either playback or record PAL or SECAM.

Matt
Friday 3rd August 2001
1:11 am U.K.

matt@tfgtv.co.uk

Just for clarity.

Hong Kong PAL is just standard as in the UK and most other PAL countries.

The 60HZ PAL is an oddity...

Rein Oosterling
Friday 3rd August 2001
12:19 am U.K.

oosterli@contact.net.nz

Thanks Nick. So I am blackening and striping my tapes. I only whish there was a way to write timecode on a U-matic tape after the blackening. I think that a JVC PR-900 is able to do that with a VITC signal (when I look at some sections of the diagram). But my BVU -950 is not able to read VITC. Problems, problems.

Don and Micael: What I can do is give you the procedure to remove a tape from a VO-8800. The principle should be the same. Or did you allready remove the tapes? Anyway here we go:1: Remove the upper lid of cassette-up compartment.2: Remove the upper case.3: Push down on the eject key.4: Turn the pulley of threading motor by hand so that the threading ring rotates into the unthreading mode. When the unthreading mode is completed, the lock of the cassette-up compartment is released and rises automaticly. At this time, hold down the cassette-up compartment by hand so that it does not rise when the unthreading mode is completed and the tape is not damaged.5: While holding the cassette tape lid so that it does not close, rise the cassette-up compartment slowly.6: Remove the tape remaining in the machine carefully so that the tape is not damaged. Use gloves when you handle the tape!Hope this helps. If not now, maybe in future. Although I have used the VO-8800 a lot, I never had to do this. (Knock on wood). I allso have a question for the list: Does anybody know if there is a TBC that has a Y/C 924 KHZ input and a Y/C 4.433 MHZ output? The TBC inside the BVU -950 only uses one memory for both Y and C. And an extra 30 lines for Y/C are most welkom.

Rein

Walter Steenvoorden
Thursday 2nd August 2001
8:07 am U.K.

waltersn@zonnet.nl

PAL differs is some countries. Some south american broadcasters use a 60Hz PAL system M/N with an increased bandwith, VHS tapes are incompatable with the B/G/E norms of PAL. However DVDs will playback from this format. The 60Hz does break down in 25fps, but uses a drop end of frame, slide in start of frame correction. It looks horrible!

Nick
Wednesday 1st August 2001
8:22 pm U.K.

cataniaprod@yahoo.com

Hi, this might clear up some terminology within the English languge and video. When you black a tape, in English it is called "blackening" or "blackening a tape". "Striping" a tape refers only to putting time code on the tape. Striping doesn't have anything to do with actually blacking a tape. This is terminolgy used in the U.S. I'm not sure about other English speaking countries. Hope this is of some help.

Lexion
Wednesday 1st August 2001
7:57 pm U.K.

lexion@talk21.com

Hi all!

Sam2Man -

You'll be pleased to know that PAL is PAL across all tape and disc formats.

Thera -

U-matic cassettes are as rugged as the machines that record them provided they are ALWAYS REWOUND and ALWAYS stored VERTICALLY. I've been transferring about 40 tapes for a recut of an archive TV programme, some were left un-rewound since the original online edit in 1985!!!! These were virtually unplayable and full of dropout but the ones stored correctly looked like they'd been recorded yesterday -and I'm viewing on a broadcast grade monitor. The archival stability of Mini DV is yet to be known (I presume you meant the DV cassettes as opposed to 'DVD' discs - professionally replicated ones (not 'burnables') should hopefully last 50-100 years). I've had varied results archiving on Beta, Fuji and Sony tapes have still been good after ten years but my Maxell ones are full of noise and dropout after only three years. Atmospheric conditions also play a major part in tape decomposition. If there's a lot of pollution, dust, cigarette smoke and so on then you can store tapes in airtight plastic bags (provided there's low humidity otherwise you'll get a bake-in-the-bag effect!) In short if U-matic is your house format then keep on using it until your machines pack up.

Michael Morris / Don -

I had the same problem with a 4800 portable years back. You should be able to remove the rear panel from the 6800, unscrew and flip out the PCB on a hinge and rotate one of the tape transport wheels manually until all the tape is back inside the cassette, eject should then hopefully work.

dave
Wednesday 1st August 2001
6:51 pm U.K.

jack_holcomb@hotmail.com

Man, Ive been gone only a month and look what Ive missed!

- someone devised a card for SVHS/Umatic interfacing (I emailed about that, I think he is a customer of mine!)

Links to and pics & Home Movies!

...and it sounds like Roland is jealous of Rein - get over it!

Its good to be back!Dave

Peter
Wednesday 1st August 2001
7:44 am U.K.

bennerp@paradise.net.nz

Hello

Does anybody have or no of some Sony BVT 810p timebase correctors for sale.

Regards

sam2man
Wednesday 1st August 2001
4:12 am U.K.

sam2@netsync.net

Gotta question, if anyone has time. What form of PAL is used in Hong Kong? Is it the same for VHS and DVD?

Thera Anderson
Wednesday 1st August 2001
2:13 am U.K.

thera_anderson@sil.org

I'm working with a lot of umatic masters and I need some questions answered. This is for archiving so I'm wondering how long these tapes are good for in climate controlled conditions? At what point do we need to switch to something more modern, i.e. Beta Cam or Mini DVD? Some are on Umatic, some on Umatic SP and some on Umatic Hi and Lo. What are the differences?

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