VIDEO CAMERA 1996

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ASK RICK  DECEMBER

 

MITSUI UNKNOWN

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, no problem.

 

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.

 

B. Bosworth

Worcester

 

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 control.

 

WATER SORTS

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.

 

S. Mcleod

Corfu

 

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 01404 812277.

 

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?

 

R. Mowbray

Llanelli, Dyfed

 

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.

 

DIGITAL COMPATIBILITY?

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?

 

K. Citron

Esher, Surrey

 

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.

 

FOGGY CANON

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?

 

T. Galland

Exhall, Coventry

 

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.

 

MASS COPY

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?

 

Nick Adams

Blackpool, Lancs

 

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.

 

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