Instruction Books and Service Manuals

I hope you find this a useful resource.

This is a copy of Digibeta VCR instructions.

http://www.cardinalbroadcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DVW-500-instructions.pdf

In case you have forgotton ….

Blacking/Timecoding a tape on a DVW machine.

Using videotapes that have been blacked and timecoded will make your life much easier. Laying down an uninterrupted black video signal prepares the tape for insert editing.

Timecode format is hour:minute:second:frame. Minutes and seconds range from 0-60 while frames range form 0-25. (PAL)

Route black or colour bars to the VCR. Or use the internal signal generator, item 710 as follows: Select the type of test signal to be output from the VTR’s internal test signal generator. When OFF is selected, test signal is not generated and the VTR operates normally. In the modes other than OFF, keep pressing the lighting INPUT SELECT switch for 3 seconds or more. All the INPUT SELECT switches light and the internal test signal generator operates. The test signal selected by the data 1 through 16 is output from the VTR. This signal can also be recorded.

  1. Set the TC Generator EXT/INT switch to INT (top panel on right, pull whole front out by handles to access)
  2. Set the TC Generator REGEN/PRESET switch: PRESET (next to above)
  3. Set VITC switch to ON (bottom underneath panel, tilt front panel out to access)
  4. In order to set the time code to 00:00:00, use the following buttons below the counter display on the front panel:
    1. Press the TC button – indicator lights
    2. Press the HOLD button – digits flash
    3. Press the RESET button then the SET button
  5. Press the record and play buttons at the same time on the main panel.
  6. I highly recommend that you let it run all the way to the end of the tape unless you’re desperately pressed for time.

Vox Mundi December 2021

Welcome to the Vox Mundi International Women’s Choir Christmas Recital.

These are all MP3 files. To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune and open in a new window or tab. Right click on the speaker icon and chose “save audio as…”. Please get in touch if you want WAV files or a file of the complete Recital.

Corona Virus Pandemic

January 2021.

This situation has impacted on our activities of course. For the time-being we have given up our lease at Pinewood Studios to reduce costs. We are still busy, working within the limitations we find ourselves. The team are ready for you and creative as ever.

December 2021.

In view of the uncertainty we will only offer limited face to face service.

Vox Mundi Concert December 2019

These are MP3 versions. To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune and open in a new window or tab. Right click on the speaker icon and chose “save audio as…”. WAV file versions or CDs are available. Please ask.

Recorded live with audience participation in places.

Vox Mundi having fun.
A fun time.
Vox Mundi Choir and audience.
Join in with the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Vox Mundi Choir and audience.
Vox Mundi Choir congratulates the audience.
Vox Mundi International Choir.
The Fabulous Vox Mundi International Choir.

Enlarged Transfer Service.

Transferring images on tape to a computer file is becoming harder to achieve given the physical quality of many of the tapes we see. Following our move to bigger premises we have expanded the tape transfer and digitisation service.

One inch video tape recorder.
Very few facilities have a working one inch machine these days.

There are a bewildering number of formats. In addition, they come in various electronic flavours. Regardless of format, we now charge by the time taken to do the job.

Time-base corrector.
We have a good number of gizmos to convert the signal in to whatever you need.

PAL and NTSC are terms you may hear mentioned. They refer to the electronic system used to record the image. Our comprehensive resource can play all broadcast tapes and a good number of domestic formats regardless of the system used.

Hi-8 and S-VHS edit machines.
Our high-end professional machines will get the very best signal from your tape.

Millions of digibeta edit master tapes are to be found in vaults – what if you want a copy? Many older programmes recorded on U-matic tapes are still a very important source of archive material, that’s if the tape will play. Domestic formats will contain priceless personal images. So, there is plenty to keep us busy.

DIgibeta VTR.
It is extremely challenging to keep these machines in good working order. They require constant engineering intervention and that is eye-wateringly expensive.

Tonflödet and Vox Mundi Summer Concert June 2019

These are MP3 versions. To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune and open in a new window or tab. Right click on the speaker icon and chose “save audio as…”. WAV file versions or CDs are available. Please ask.

Vox Mundi December 2018

From the Concert recorded 11th December 2018. Listen on-line or download these MP3s. If you want a CD or uncompressed copies of the songs please get in touch. Meanwhile, enjoy.

To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune, open in a new window or tab, the download icon is on the right of the player.

Tape transfers again

Tapes are made from plastic, glue and iron filings.

There are three problems with video and audio tapes:

    1. Mould growth,
    2. Sticky tape shed and
    3. Physical stretch and general mechanical deterioration.

There is only so much we can do about these. If the tape is unplayable in some ways that is easy, nothing can be done, or if it is in good mechanical condition we can do a lot electronically to get the best out of the recording. It is the middle ground that causes grief.

Mould leads to destruction of the tape so makes it difficult to play but usually we can get something.

Sticky tape shed is where the binder absorbs moisture and the tape will stick to itself, leaving a residue on the oxide side. This will clog the playback head and stick to it and the rollers, making a screaming noise. It can quickly wreck a video recorder. Heat treatment can be effective, although is controversial (130F for 4  to 10  hours.) We have had some amazing successes (and I should add, failures). A low humidity environment can also be helpful.

Related is oxide shed when the recording medium comes away from the tape. This is easy to spot, usually you get a couple of minutes playback then video head clog and white snow.

Physical damage is difficult as this leads to tracking errors, that no machine can cope with, but you hope that with fiddling you can solve – actually you can’t. Optimism is misplaced and it is too easy to promise recovery when it can’t be done.

Before use, let the machine and tape come to room temperature (at least 2 hours). Condensation is another enemy.

All this then needs a realistic discussion about how to proceed and the cost involved.

These days, before transferring to a digital file, unless the tape is in perfect condition, we have found it best to produce a digital intermediate tape. The reason being that the computer capture card and software can’t cope with a poor quality signal.

There are specialist firms that can attempt recovery, but the cost is prohibitive for the normal user and the results disappointing. They are most often used in a forensic setting where the actual information is critical, and the artistic elements rather less so.

So there we are, I know lots of firms advertise a doom and gloom message, to encourage you to transfer your tapes to a digital domain, and it might seem just a marketing gimmick. The trouble is that majority of our transfer work involves tapes with the problems I’ve outlined. And that becomes a tough sell so actually, it is good advice.

Vox Mundi 02.06.18

Recorded 02.06.18.
These are MP3 versions. To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune, open in a new window or tab, the download icon is on the right of the player. WAV file versions or CDs are available. Please ask.