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11-29-2019, 05:36 PM
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Hi! I have purchased two DataVideo TBC-1000s for my workflow, and just noticed they look a little bit different: faceplate material, type face, and so on. Is this just a matter of manufacturing dates, or is something else going on?

For what its worth, performance on the two are identical, so although I am curious about any history re: the differences between the two, it ultimately doesn't matter.

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11-29-2019, 08:03 PM
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You forgot to take some shots of the inside, which is what really matters here. Not much of a mystery here... different production batches judging by the serial numbers. That's the reason for those small differences. Mine (066***) is a bit earlier than your second one.
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11-29-2019, 08:42 PM
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Sounds good, thank you. Might pop them open, but you confirmed my suspicions. Thanks!
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11-30-2019, 10:23 AM
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The serial doesn't mean much, as the production style went back-and-forth. So you can't glean much from it.

TBC-1000 had a long production run, and internal components varied. There are at least 3 primary difference, with multiple secondary differences. The main issue is how the TBC-100 card is built/powered/connected, with the secondary being all the other boards, wiring, and even slight appearance.

The TBC-1000 uses the VP-299 case, which itself may have been intended for another unreleased product, as it had a never-used Firewire input hole on front. Your open-hole case is simply missing the cover sticker, it's not a variation. A few members here actually have posts on what/where to buy black stickers that look OEM.

The unit can also be PAL or NTSC native, so you may see a flash as it changes to the correct input automatically. Of course, that's also a negative of the TBC-1000, standards cannot be set, which is a rare problem you can run into on really bad tapes. The TBC-1000 gets confused, doesn't understand what the standard is. The best unit I ever saw was PAL native, and I wanted to keep it, but the switchover annoyed me. Sold it to a gent in Australia.

I've seen many, many TBC-1000s over the years.

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