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Thursday 31st March 2022
6:10 am U.K.

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Hi, I have umatic sony vp-7020. I have a problem, I put the tape and it doesn't play, it keeps rewinding to the end of the tape and then it stops. I can't play it, and it does this with all tapes. what can be

Steve HW
Wednesday 20th April 2022
12:32 am U.K.

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Hope I can get urgent support. VO-5850P had playback in colour but no audio, now has audio but lost colour. Any advice please?

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:18 pm U.K.

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Dear Steve, the problem is in the DM board or slight dirty heads try cleaning with IPA and a chamois leather gently and see also just heat with soldering iron all the connecting wires on top of the Umatic head. Best regards

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:22 pm U.K.

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Dear Rodrigo, the problem could be with the tape sensors just check it out the red led I presume to be in proper alignment check that the tape is completely blocking the light from red led to the sensor, try covering the sensors take end and take beginning sensors with a black PVC tape if your problem is solved then to need to physically align it and if not check the circuits if the sensor to servo board. Best regards

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:25 pm U.K.

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Dear Roger, you can get the power cord from any electronics spare part shop you need a female 3 pin with a 3 pin outlet plug (molded)purchase a good quality one, best regards

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:29 pm U.K.

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Dear Trish Ferrari, you need a 75ohms BNC to BNC cable analog type (if your monitor end is BNC and BNC to RCA if your monitor input is female RCA, however all professional monitors (analog / HD SDI) are BNC type ... best Regards

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:35 pm U.K.

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Dear chris murdock, does the VTR playback video and audio is fine? If yes then demodulator section is fine.. Under EE mode are you able to see the video and hear audio properly (EE mode while standby or recording mode) if yes then your encoder and decoder section is fine your problem is with either RF current in RF board or it's circuitry or weak heads..best regards

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:50 pm U.K.

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Dear TIMECODE PRODUCTIONS, sorry for belated messages 2017 to now! As regards your problem remove the cassette compartment and it's attached connectors on the top right power on the unit will be in standby mode with half threading press rew mode and at the motor located between the take-up and supply reeks check voltage on its terminal to be 10V DC if yes your motor is fine check the belt underneath it's unit(you need to remove the bottom cover) replace it if it's oval shaped if motor and belt is fine the problem is with the take-up reel check by finger rubbing whether you can feel the roughness(due to fine lines on it a new reel table will have fine lines) if yes replace rubber tire of the idler which is between the two reels. Else you need to check tape tension guides referring to service manual... Best regards

Ted Langdell
Friday 10th June 2022
8:12 pm U.K.

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Argentina: Analog used PAL Nc, which broadcast 625 line/25fps/interlaced with a 3.582 MHz color subcarrier.

What 3/4" Umatic decks were used to record baseband analog video in Argentina?

What differences existed between a 'standard' PAL deck using 4.433618 MHz color subcarrier and decks used in Argentina?



Chris Gregory
Thursday 23rd June 2022
8:40 am U.K.


Hi All,

I am currently looking to buy a couple of Sony VO5800 and Sony VO5850 U-matic VTR's.

Please let me know if you have any available for sale.

My direct email address is [email protected]

Many thanks


Debbie mclaughlin
Saturday 16th July 2022
3:31 pm U.K.

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I have multiple umatic tapes with solar races on them shoot me an offer

Chris Bergman
Tuesday 27th September 2022
5:56 pm U.K.

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I am trying to digitize some U-Matic tapes and was wondering if anyone here has a machine I could rent or services for offer to digitize the tapes?


Tuesday 18th October 2022
8:50 am U.K.

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Hello all

I'm a relatively experienced Umatic user, so I know all about sticky tapes and the squealing noise they make. However, I've come across a 9600 deck which makes the same squealing noise even with known good tapes. If you try to play, it starts screeching and comes to a stop very quickly. Going into variable speed mode, everything is fine. The tape plays quite happily at double speed, and indeed at pretty much any speed faster than normal playback speed. However, at normal playback speed or slower, it very quickly starts squeaking and comes to a stop.

Perhaps more interestingly, after you've done some picture search forward and back, it then doesn't mind going into full REW and FF mode and works reasonably well. However if you try to REW or FF as soon as you insert a cassette (from a standing start so to speak), it immediately stops.

I've taken the cassette reel spindles out and oilde them, so it isn't that. The screeching seems to come from the head drum area. And as I say the tapes are definitely not sticky ones.

Any ideas?

Tuesday 18th October 2022
9:24 am U.K.

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Replying to my own message of 90 minutes ago, in case others have the same problem. The machine now works. Basically I played an entire tape on double speed, and then played it backwards on double speed. That seems to have loosened everything up a bit, and normal speed playback, FF & REW seem to be ok.

Monday 5th December 2022
2:20 pm U.K.


Le lecteur /enregistreur se met et se bloque en mode standbay

Il faut d�gager la bande manuelement en la coupant.

J'ai le m�me probl�me avec un lecteur VP7040.

Merci pour votre aide

Roland Pickett
Tuesday 3rd January 2023
5:22 pm U.K.

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It's been a while, but I still have a BVU150P SP portable, a VO8800P SP portable and a VO 9850P SP editor. Wishing you all a happy new year!

Tuesday 9th May 2023
2:51 pm U.K.

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I retrieve an Umatic VP7040 and it works.

The only problem is the eject that is dificulty because some time the cassette isnt expelled completly and after some second it goes to standby.

I opened it and if I help manually the cassette it exit easly, but I dont know wich is the area to check and what to try to resolve the problem.

Any suggestions?

thanks in advance.


Charles Chubak
Saturday 16th September 2023
9:29 pm U.K.

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My Sony VP-7000 suddenly won't power up. When I switch it on, I hear and see the motor and red sensor tape path lights energize for a second and then dead.

If I wait for 3 minutes and switch it on again same thing. Motor does about a quarter turn and head moves slightly. For just an instant.

Any advice would be welcome.



Chan Tha Kyi Soe
Saturday 14th October 2023
7:24 am U.K.

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I need video head for U Matic player Sony VP-9000

If anyone knows where to buy it, PLS guide me

Wednesday 22nd November 2023
1:50 pm U.K.

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I am setting up a PCM system consisting of a Sony PCM-1610 and I am trying to team up the processor with some Umatic machines.

I have a Sony VO-5630 DA that has been modified by Sony for PCM recordings with a 1610: works perfectly

Sony VO-7600 pure NTSC 110V machine: works perfectly

Sony VO-5630, VO-7630 and VP-5040 all have the same effect: recordings are good when played back on the 5630DA or 7600, but on the three multi-standard machines I have a popping sound every say 3 seconds (not during silence) and I see the error correction working at that moment.

Interestingly the same happens on the 5630DA and 7600 when the PCM�s video out is not connected to the Umatic�s video in.

Anyway I heard that for PCM recordings the Umatic machines should have the DOC disabled and the head switch point should appear in the vertical interval.

Is there anyone here who could tel me how? So far I only spotted the DOC trigger pot and if I turn cw the sound mutes, but even when turned fully ccw the error correction is still very active on the 1610.

When it comes to the head switching point I did nothing so far, but I have a scope ready to start and try �

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