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Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 12-01-2022, 05:35 AM
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Posted By dpalomaki
What I would do at a very simple level: 1 -...

What I would do at a very simple level:

1 - Inspect the unit and power cord for any signs of damage or abuse, dirt, etc.
2 - Open the case carefully and inspect inside for same. Also look for bad...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-30-2022, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 73
Posted By dpalomaki
Also keep in mind that there may be slight...

Also keep in mind that there may be slight variations in boards. These variations may not be in the original FSMs. In some cases they would be shown in addenda pages added to the manuals later on. ...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-29-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Posted By dpalomaki
Condensation happens when the temperature of a...

Condensation happens when the temperature of a surface is below the dew point of the air. The gear, and tapes should be allowed time to warm up to room temperature. Very high (and low) humidity...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-29-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 73
Posted By dpalomaki
Parts list and schematic numbers frequently (but...

Parts list and schematic numbers frequently (but not always) are of the form C#### and often the first one or two digits reference the board on which they are to be found.
...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-24-2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 349
Posted By dpalomaki
Forgetting capture for a moment Do tapes...

Forgetting capture for a moment Do tapes play/look OK when fed directly to a TV?

If all tapes look bad when the VCR is connected directly to a TV, the VCR is the problem.

If tapes look OK...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-23-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 349
Posted By dpalomaki
Does the tape look OK when fed to a TV? Add...

Does the tape look OK when fed to a TV?

Add a TBC to the VCR output
Use a quality capture card (the Elgato is not one). See recommendations elsewhere on this site.

See...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-23-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 72
Posted By dpalomaki
https://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/vcr-repair/6013-p...

https://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/vcr-repair/6013-panasonic-tape-loading.html

discusses a couple possibilities for load/unload problems.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-21-2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By dpalomaki
Glue! Legacy from the days of splicing movie ...

Glue! Legacy from the days of splicing movie film.

Scotch tape - Scotch is a brand name and they produce many types of tape, some for splicing magnetic tape, some for Christmas package, etc.

A...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-21-2022, 06:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 97
Posted By dpalomaki
From the AG-1980 FSM Error F04 Cause...

From the AG-1980 FSM

Error F04
Cause Mechanism locks during tape unloading
Remedy/Check
1. Check the loading motor drive circuit.
3. Check the mechanism phase alignment.

Do you have the...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-19-2022, 08:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 505
Posted By dpalomaki
The main reason for converting 420 to 422 would...

The main reason for converting 420 to 422 would be for subsequent processing such as color correction, filtering, and graphics effects. Processing in 422 reduces artifacts resulting from the lower...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-17-2022, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 268
Posted By dpalomaki
MiniDV data rate is 25 Mbps. That translates to...

MiniDV data rate is 25 Mbps. That translates to roughly 12 GB per hour
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-17-2022, 06:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 85
Posted By dpalomaki
MiniDV tapes are already digitized. What you...

MiniDV tapes are already digitized. What you have is essentially a DV file recorded to tape. The best method for lossless transfer of that data is via IEEE1394 (aka firewire and iLink). The Canon...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-17-2022, 06:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 83
Posted By dpalomaki
I believe it is a very tight friction fit (for...

I believe it is a very tight friction fit (for the first removal), at least it is for the control/audio head on the AG-1970 I have open. I used a very thin blade between the male and female...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-16-2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 203
Posted By dpalomaki
The Intensity Pro 4K does not provide the correct...

The Intensity Pro 4K does not provide the correct levels when capturing NTSC SD video via component (i.e., YUV) inputs. The capture is terrible and unusable. Capturing 1080i via component was also...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-15-2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 203
Posted By dpalomaki
I don't know about Premiere but it may be...

I don't know about Premiere but it may be necessary to select the correct input using the BMD Desk Top Video Setup utility (both cards should appear in it). At least that is necessary with my NLE.
...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-14-2022, 06:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 335
Posted By dpalomaki
Are you seeking to pull the raw Y, C, and HiFi RF...

Are you seeking to pull the raw Y, C, and HiFi RF from the tape heads during playbacK? If so, Fig 5-22 of the service manual gives the schematic of the head amp which is the place to find it. If...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-12-2022, 03:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By dpalomaki
A high rate of failing caps (which can translate...

A high rate of failing caps (which can translate to power supply failures) are common to specific makes/models (e.g., AG-1980). As noted above, mechanical issues are more common as a whole. To add...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-11-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By dpalomaki
It goes back to pixel aspect ratio; the size and...

It goes back to pixel aspect ratio; the size and shape of each pixel (sample) in the image.
HD video uses a square pixel (aspect ratio 1)
Digitized SD NTSC uses a non-square pixel, ratio ~0.91 That...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-11-2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 613
Posted By dpalomaki
FWIW, 3.5" Hard Drive Cages are available that...

FWIW, 3.5" Hard Drive Cages are available that fit in a half height floppy disc/optical drive slot can be used to quickly swap in/out SATA drives and they support provide SATA I/II/III speed. The...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-11-2022, 04:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 613
Posted By dpalomaki
One issue being USB is a potentially shared port...

One issue being USB is a potentially shared port so success or not can also depend on what else placing demands on the USB controller to which the drive is connected, how well writes are cached in...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-09-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 729
Posted By dpalomaki
FWIW: Analog black level (aka set-up) is 0 IRE...

FWIW: Analog black level (aka set-up) is 0 IRE for NTSC-J and 7.5 IRE for NTSC (USA).
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-09-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By dpalomaki
SD VHS is usually 4x3 aspect ratio. Most home...

SD VHS is usually 4x3 aspect ratio. Most home recordings will be this.
(Wide screen movies are often letterboxed with black bands at the top and bottom of the image.
Some recordings could have...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-07-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By dpalomaki
One factor to be aware of that speaks to using a...

One factor to be aware of that speaks to using a proc amp is that some capture devices may clip whites above 100 IRE and blacks below 7.5 (or 0 IRE). On the other hand some consumer gear will record...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 10-12-2022, 07:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 377
Posted By dpalomaki
That can work, but I believe that the equalizers...

That can work, but I believe that the equalizers are founf only on the mono/mic input of the 502. You may want to consider the 802 model if you want equalizers for stereo inputs. It also give a...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 10-12-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 377
Posted By dpalomaki
One can insert an audio mixer between the...

One can insert an audio mixer between the playback output and the recorder and use it to adjust audio to the desired levels. Useful if going directly into a recorder, especially if the recorder does...
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