Originally Posted by latreche34
I highly doubt it it's a Panasonic VCR, More of a Samsung to me.
You're right. It is branded as a Samsung, so it makes sense to call it a Samsung. But it is basically a rebadge of a Panasonic device, so I think it is not wrong to call it a Panasonic
Originally Posted by hodgey
it does fully buffer the signal and it seems to act sort of like a "frame tbc" when its set to convert between signals, it even seemed to blank out the vertical blanking area and remove macrovision. I haven't stress tested it though
I like your phrasing, it was honest.
When you force standard conversion (which by itself adds some unneeded quality loss) Macrovision is removed and there is some sort of buffering, and some sort weak (fake) tbc-ish frame sync effect BUT It is NOT equivalent to a Frame TBC
I just stress-tested these with my Gear (Panasonic AG-W, datavideo tbc, capture card, etc). I was very easily able to find a scenario where I drop/insert frames with the VCR converting standard BUT the frame TBC eliminated the frame drop/insert.
And videos suffering from tearing (aka flagging), remained teared obviously due to the lack of line TBC.
So for future reference, the phrasing should always remain "SORT OF" at best as hodgey said, but I would personally avoid mentioning it at all to avoid confusion since it does NOT remove the need for a Frame TBC nor a Line TBC.
The Panasonic multistandard VCRs (AG-W/ aka Samsung 5000w/7000W) are not very bad, but definitely not good, nor even close to the best. Even old devices like FS-88/FS-100 (in PAL Land) beat it in terms of quality. For people in Eu there is no reason to get it, at worst do PAL60 it will be better if done in good VCR. For people in the US, use a native NTSC deck if you want NTSC. If You need PAL, it is not very costly to import a proper Native PAL deck (with TBC, etc) From EU to US (but US>EU is much more expensive due to customs notably).
Imho, these decks (along with many others) can only be justified if you want PAL-N/PAL-M. Or if you want to digitize NTSC/PAL in an Asian PAL/NTSC country, where import is not common, shipping is very expensive, takes a lot of time, language barrier, import fees, etc