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Jon Lipman
Wednesday 29th March 2023
5:33 am U.K.

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Hi ..Can someone please tell me if I can view a previously recorded Betamax tape on the bmc200 betacam ? I just found a 35-40 year old camera and tapes we�d made back then . I want to view them before deciding to pay for digitizing content. Any Help or advise , please email ? Thank you !

Billy Young
Friday 24th February 2023
2:28 pm U.K.

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Hi Guys,

My first Post here,

Does anyone know if the Sony UVW-1800p Betacam Recorder,

can play PAL & NTSC small BetaSP tapes,

or is there a hidden Menu option to change NTSC to PAL ?

Many Thanks in Advance

Daniel Sachon
Thursday 17th November 2022
10:58 am U.K.

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Hi! I am urgently looking to rent or purchase a BetaCam SP camera in working order - ideally with all the accessories (i.e zoom lens, on camera sound etc)

Please email me [email protected] if you may have one you are willing to rent in London, or if you are selling one

thank you!!

Sunday 9th October 2022
12:09 am U.K.

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I have acquired a Sony UVW-1800 BetaCam SP deck. I'm expanding my digital conversion business and recently a customer gave me a bunch of these tapes (and I didn't know at first there was a difference between BetaMax and BetaCam. The deck seems to work just fine mechanically, which is exciting. I'm wondering if someone here might help me with getting better video output quality! Using both the S-Video out and the Composite output (BNC) I am getting exactly the same issue with my picture quality. I have gone after each head with a cleaning swab and acetone and unseated and reseated all of the "expansion" boards to no effect.

What would you suggest by this picture:


Thank you for any guidance! I really want to get these tapes to play well for my customer (who is also my friend!)


michel de jong
Wednesday 3rd August 2022
2:20 pm U.K.


I have a dvw500 is it possible that the auto rewind after tape end is disabled

So that the tape is not rewinding any more

I know that the DVW 2000 this option has.

thanks for the help

regards Michel

Tuesday 24th May 2022
4:46 pm U.K.

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Karkera also of the service manual is necessary a sine wave generator, a oscilloscope, a voltimeter and perhaps more instruments

Tuesday 3rd May 2022
10:11 pm U.K.

Dear michel de jong,

Regarding the Audio problem there could be audio circuit problems in AU boards or misalignment of audio heads(in that case your tape will show a folded dent on either top or bottom) if tape is fine then it's the AU BOARDS just in front after the RF boards..as a first aid just remove these AU boards by pulling up and reinserting the same back,if problem persists then you need to troubleshoot with extension board and service manuals if you are competent enough. If you need service manual it's on net. Best regards

Monday 28th March 2022
10:13 pm U.K.

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The Sony BVW-70 can play and record oxide tapes?

Saturday 26th March 2022
7:16 pm U.K.

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we are right now inventorying the equipment of an old film production studio in portugal and we have a lot of old camera & video editing equipment available. Eg.

Sony Betacam DVW-A500 P

sony betacam sp BVW-50P

Sony betacam SP BVW-75 P

Sony Betacam SP BVW-70 P

Sony VO-9850P u-matic SP

Jvc KY 1900 E inc. JVC HZ-2060

Nizo FP1 S

in case you are interested here is the full overview:





all the best,


michel de jong
Friday 11th February 2022
2:55 pm U.K.

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I have serval Sony DVW510p players

some of them is the audio level meter not working

But some times it is for a very sort time

I don't know where to look to fix this problem

Anyone out there that knows what the problem is??

Hooping to Hera from you


Michel de jong

Saturday 5th February 2022
10:23 pm U.K.

I'm no expert, but I believe most Betacam machines that accept large tapes will also accept the small tapes directly. No adaptor necessary. Just slot the smaller tape into the machine in the centre of the loading slot.

Gil Fewings
Wednesday 26th January 2022
4:26 pm U.K.

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Hello all, hoping I can get some advice here please? I have a number of betacam tapes both large and small, and a betacam player BUT how do I get the small tapes to play on it? Do I need some sort of converter/holder? I've inherited the collection as part of an archive donation, and want to be able to play them, and then convert to a different format. Thanks everyone.

Wednesday 21st July 2021
5:14 am U.K.

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This is kind of an urgent SOS for my Sony UVW-1800 Betacam SP deck. I bought this one on eBay strictly for the purpose of transferring old TV studio Betacam tapes to dvd, before they disintegrate. I am about to return it as defective unless someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong: So far my experience with video equipment has only been VCR's and DVD recorders, so to me Betacam SP is a new animal. I'm attempting to copy tapes using the s-video output and the stereo XLR audio outputs. Audio sounds great, but for video I just get a flickering orange screen. I tried connecting to the s-video input of a dvd recorder, a vcr, and also direct to a test monitor. Same orange screen and no video signal. I tried a couple of different tapes, and a few different cables. The UVW-1800 was advertised as tested and working perfectly. It looks like new and only has 302 hrs on the drum. It loads, ejects, plays, rewinds, fast forwards perfectly. So that's why I'm thinking it's something I'm doing (or not doing). I don't have the right cables to copy using the BNC component video outputs, so I can't test that way. But s-video should work, shouldn't it? The seller told me he tested the s-video. I asked exactly how he tested, have not yet received a reply. The thing weighs like 100 pounds so I'd rather not have to return it. But I only have a few more days to test before my return time period expires. Please tell me it's just something stupid that I haven't thought of! Thanks in advance for any help. ---Erroll

Friday 4th October 2019
4:01 pm U.K.

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Oh no! this is the Betacam chat page I am sleep

But I have a question:

The Betacam digital, SX, IMX and HDCAM tapes can be used in the Betacam SP vcrs for record and play?

Friday 4th October 2019
3:52 pm U.K.

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Chris Margrave-Gregory the Hdcam tapes are similar of Betacam SP tapes better put in the Betacam chat page

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Monday 23rd September 2019
10:37 am U.K.

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Hi All,

I am looking to buy a number of Sony JH3 VTR's - Please let me know if you have any available for sale.

My direct email is [email protected] or my phone number is +44 (0)1932 240305.

Very much looking forward to you.

Kindest Regards


Sunday 21st July 2019
10:57 pm U.K.

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I have the Sony UVW-1800P

The part of the problem is where are the converts Y and B-Y R-Y (CTDM) to digital and after analogic output of the video

The problem is in the Y output, composite video and S video (these use the same Y) has the lines moving as out of sync the B-Y and R-Y run correct I saw in my oscilloscope

I put a image:


I have other UVW-1800P without Y in the output of the video

is same of the output of A/D D/A

This a frequent problem?

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Monday 3rd June 2019
1:31 pm U.K.

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Hi All.

I am looking to BUY a number of Sony JH3 VTR's

Please let me know what you have available and if you are interested in selling.

my email is [email protected] or call me on +44 (0)1932 240305

Many thanks


Saturday 6th April 2019
5:30 pm U.K.

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I am new in a "Betacam technology" and I tried digitized some Betacam SP tapes..result is visually good, but I have some problem with stability of picture (lines) and I don't know if it is normal for this technology or I am doing something wrong.

I tried two players DVW-A510P and HDW-M2000, recorded via SDI (Blackmagic shuttle) but same result.

Here is a sample what I am meaning:


Will be same result with SP players?

Thank you for any idea or information about it

Friday 18th May 2018
4:08 pm U.K.

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I was seeing the overall schema from the Sony BVW-50P and in the dub output exist the Y, B-Y, R-Y and also the Y direct from de demodulator in 1 wire and the B-Y and R-Y direct from de demodulator in only 1 wire CTDM

These 5 signals are in all videos with dub inputs and outpus?

The dub has more quality that the BNC outputs?

I put a page from the overall:

https://printable-classific.000webhostapp.com/sony bvw-50 overall.pdf

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