Originally Posted by lordsmurf
I could never figure it out. You'd twist knobs, press buttons, and it did nothing of value (or nothing at all).
I always treated it like a TBC-1000, meaning I plugged in input and output, and let it do the simple task of purifying a signal (mostly preventing dropped frames), and occasionally removing Macrovision for personal transfers. I didn't twiddle with stuff.
You'll find that most TBC user manuals are terrible, documenting almost nothing. Remember, this was costly broadcast gear from the 90s. Back then, a facility would order entire racks, and somebody came out to set it up and teach you what to do. So having a printed manual was seen as duplicate information, not needed. It was shortsighted and stupid, but that was what happened. .
Thanks.. glad to hear at least someone else has tried.
I mostly got it because one dip switch setting adds or declines to add Pedestal (IRE +7.5) and I have a couple EH69 and EH59 dvd/hdd recorders. They expect IRE 0 and removing the Pedestal set-up at the output of the TBC should be useful.
I did hear back from Kramer Israel, they sent me the manual again, then asked what I was using it for.. or how. I mentioned to them the Pedestal control and never heard anything else. The fc-400
was a late addition to their lineup around 2006-2008 I believe, came and went quickly. It is a "format converter" for cvbs to s-video and back, hence part of the "fc-" product line. But it doesn't encode/decode between broadcast standards... so not a multicoder.
I also have a FC-4046 multicoder (both 400, 4046 were new in box).. very nice boxes but not a lot of documentation.