Having purchased a Mitsui VP9401 video
recorder a little over 10 months ago, it would appear to do everything it is
detailed to do. I then purchased a Panasonic NV-A3B camcorder; this is perfect,
Now comes the difficulty! I purchased an IQ
title generator which works well through my Mitsui VCR. I also got an IQ Edit Controller -- this
will not edit, automatic editing is just dead, the transmitter will not operate
at all. Using the editor on my old Hitachi it works perfectly.
Jessops say the editor should work with any
suitable video. Currys, who supplied
the Mitsui video say the editor is not programmed to suit this video.
Hope you can help me.
Sorry, no cure, just an explanation. Your IQ
edit controller is programmed with the infra-red control codes for a large
number of VCRs sold in this country. The ‘library’ of commands covers all of
the major brands, and a few of the lesser known ones as well, but unfortunately
Mitsui is not one of them. You could try working your way through the codes in
the set-up procedure, in the hope Mitsui share codes with someone else, but
it’s a bit of a long shot. The only solution I can see, is to use your old Hitachi
machine, or trade in the Mitsui for a VCR with one your editing equipment can
We run a large diving company and wish to
take underwater videos, including group shots, macro and wide angle. We have heard that the Sony TR810 is
suitable but we look for advice from those who know better! We will be buying in England from one of
your advertisers and this is where we have our limited info from.
We would appreciate your help.
The 810 has no special aquatic features, so
in that respect it’s no better, or worse, than most other camcorders on the
market. In fact this is a fairly advanced machine, with an extensive range of
manual exposure options, but they’re going to be of little use when it’s fitted
inside an underwater housing, which generally have only basic control
facilities (stop/start and zoom). Rather than worry about which camcorder to
buy, you might be better off talking to one of the specialist companies in this
area. They will be able to advise you on the right combination of camcorder and
housing, that will best meet your requirements. Have a chat with Ewa Marine, on
DON’T KNOCK IT!
Whilst on holiday recently I fell down stairs
with a plate of food in one hand and my Panasonic NV-S70 in the other. My poor S70 received a severe jarring.
The footage taken after the incident shows
break up of picture (horizontal lines and frizzing top and bottom). It improved somewhat towards the end of the
tape. Can these pictures be saved by
any process? Strangely they appear
stable on fast forward.
The camcorder has been serviced and is nearly
okay, but still shows some instability on switch on and occasionally in
subsequent footage. Should I take it
back and what is the probable problem?
It sounds as if the knock caused some sort of
temporary misalignment on the deck, though it’s very unusual for such things to
get better... Any recordings made whilst the deck was out of bonk cannot be
corrected, though it might be worth trying the tape on a VCR with a timebase
corrector facility, like the Panasonic HS-1000. If the camcorder is still
playing up after it has been serviced then you really must take it back and
have it sorted out; nearly okay isn’t good enough.
I plan to purchase the JVC GR-DVI
camcorder. Before doing so I need to
know if I can use my Sony SLV-715 VCR for editing copies using the composite
leads and the JVC handset to control it.
Would the quality of the VHS copy be
acceptable or would I need to copy on to S-VHS?
The GR-DV1 has a normal composite video
output on the docking station supplied with the machine, so yes, you can copy
recordings to any VCR, including yours. I can’t say for sure whether the edit
facility will work; the 715 is a fairly old model (circa 1990) but Sony rarely
change their VCR codes, so you’re in with a fair chance. The quality of the
copy depends on the state of your VCR. If you’re happy with the look of off-air
recordings made on your machine then you should be okay. The video output from
the DV1 is not far short of broadcast quality, with more information than your
VCR can handle. Even S-VHS VCRs are hard pushed to do DVC recordings justice,
but they’re the best we’ve got, unless you’re willing to shell out three grand
for a Sony DVC video recorder.
I own a Canon E60 about 4 years old and is in
operation about twice a year during holidays.
After getting it ready recently I noticed a
series of lines in the viewfinder and it was very difficult to see anything at
all; it’s like trying to see through fog.
The rest of the camera works okay; records
and plays back on the TV. Any ideas
please? If it is the CRT can this be
bought and fitted by myself?
It sounds as if the problem is confined to
the viewfinder. It may not be the picture tube though, there’s plenty of other
things that can go wrong. A qualified service engineer is the best person to
track down the fault; in any case none of the parts are user-replaceable, you
could end up causing even more damage.
I work in Hi8 with a Sony VX1 camcorder and
edit onto a Sony EV-S9000E to make a master tape. Then using the two line-outs
on the Sony I make copies onto two VHS machines.
This is okay when just doing 10 or 20 copies
but recently I had to do a run of 150!
Is there a piece of equipment at a reasonable
price that I can link from my Sony to, say, four or six VHS machines and still
maintain a high picture quality at the same time? Also, just how much of a hammering can I give my Sony before it
gives up on me?
If you could try ‘daisy chaining’ VCRs with
twin SCART sockets, I did it once with three machines, with fairly respectable
results. You can make as many copies as you like using a device called a video
distribution amplifier (you’ll need an audio distribution system as well).
They’re available with any number of independent video outputs, unfortunately
this kind of equipment isn’t cheap, or the sort of thing you’re likely to find in your local Dixons. You could try a
satellite dealer, or a specialist video supplier.
Hammer away. Providing you look after your
machine it should be good for at least a 1000 hours of use, before there’s any
significant reduction in picture quality. Properly maintained, and with regular
cleaning it could notch up several thousand hours.
Ó R. Maybury 1996 2309