Originally Posted by Formica
Hey Lordsmurf, I have a DVK-100 and would also like to know how to do the modification you mention here.
Like many other TBCs and capture cards, there were several generations. -- Which is curious, because this unit was somewhat short lived, maybe 5 years in all. It was part of the weird post-analog/pre-digital era. It wasn't uncommon to see it used with DV cameras and BetacamSP, sometimes at the same time. -- Anyway, so the answer is ... it depends.
The most important part is removing the fan. Sometimes power is soldered on, sometimes the unit faults if no fan is detected (desolder/remove + shorting needed), and other times it's just a silly little PC fan that unplugs neatly.
BTW, pay attention. If you input/output wrong, you'll bypass the (weak) TBC, and be in chroma-only mode. It's not the same in/outs on every unit. You must test with known tapes that trip TBCs.
This in addition to looking for noise output, and tamping that down as needed, if possible.
Anytime I provide these units to others, everything is preset. There's even a locking mode, and I try to lock down controls. (It has a proc amp, sort of, but this thing can get complex really quickly, and you can get lost even with the manual. I warn that it can work nicely, but proceed with caution.)
I know I'm repeating myself here some, but I cannot stress these facts enough. This is not a TBC, was never meant to be a TBC, and only has some frame TBC(ish) properties that pair well with the ES10, to give 99% TBC performance (but again, with ES10/15 drawback).