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Something special with a variety of Ampex VTRs that Ken has worked on. Retro NAB￼, Ampex edition￼:
RETRO NAB-Ampex Booth From the John Borger collection, scanned and digitally cleaned up from mold and water damage by Michael Arbuthnot￼. Thanks to both of these Ampex OldTimers for their work in preserving the brochures these covers represent. More to come!
Quite a few of these boxes with BELTS and PINCH ROLLERS have been going out to US and International customers. A kit with four belts and an air damper just went out to Bristol, UK for installation in a customer's VO-9850P. See what's in the kit here: http://www.zinvtrworks.com/zinparts-replacement-belts-and-other-parts-for-broadcast-professional-and-vintage-vtrs-and-vcrs-2/ ... See more
A busy 2019 so far: Ken has quickly diagnosed, fixed and shipped a Sony VO-9800 back to an ad agency in Portland, is working on VO-9850 for an Ohio customer, and will be working on a Panasonic AG-1980 series deck coming in Friday from a Texas university. That’s in addition to refurbishing and testing several Tektronix 1710B waveform monitors and 1750A waveform monitor/vectorscopes in anticipation of supplying them to an Alaska customer that had equipment damaged during the recent major 7.+ earthquake. (See picture captions for details—Captions added Jan. 23, 2019) Do you need equipment repaired? Need replacements for damaged or gear that’s not worth repairing? We can help. Click here: www.ZinVTRWorks.com, and scroll down to our contact information. ... See more
(Updated 1:20am PDT, Wed. Nov. 7) Last year, this time, we were home from setting up working NTSC 29.97i equipment for Season 2 of Netflix GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, similar to what we did for Season 1 in 2016. The Season 2 sets included the Multi-format edit suite we set up for Season 1, (first picture) and a small control room with switcher in an office area overlooking a wrestling ring set. The Season 1 Master Control Room included a working Grass Valley Group 300 switcher. You’ll see it and the edit suite in Episode 10 at the end of the show. Green screen and tracking were used in post to replace the green with desired production video or still images. For Season Two, the production decided to use real video for some monitors, and green screen for others. Again, Warner Bros. Production Sound and Playback provided packages to play back files and present SMPTE bars and solid color screens onto CRT monitors we (or they) supplied. The Schindler Imaging conversion units allow the playback engineer to adjust the input and output frame rates and frame sizes (IE SD to HD/HD to SD), the height and width of the displayed image to compensate for screen linearity issues, and the Color Temperature, so you can match the screen color temp to the set lighting color temp. Multiple Schindlers converted 29.97i to 24p for display on via analog composite or SDI to Multi-standard analog CRT monitors. The show shot with a pair of (RED, if I recall correctly -not sure model) cameras shooting 24p. For Season 2’s edit suite, color monitors from Warner replaced our 9” Panasonic monochrome monitors. In the top picture, you see live NTSC 3/4” Umatic playback through Schindler box into center Ikegami color monitor and 14” Sony BVM. The other images are from computer files through Schindlers to composite distribution amps and then to monitors. In the Season 2’s small control room, Schindler boxes provided green and/or Bars. Green screen was replaced with video from ringside camera shots made with the RED production cameras. They could also have handled playback from BVU-800 & 820 3/4” Umatic decks in the rack. The Schindler units have been out of production for more than a decade, but designer Keith Schindler reported in January that a new unit—MVP-HD24—would be in released soon. Note:—Twice tonight, I’ve gone through and captioned all the pictures... and then tried to add a video. Result... pix and captions disappeared. I did discover I could revert to the last saved version using the edit history... but I’m pooped. Will try captioning the pix again tomorrow. ... See more
Ready to ship! And its not your father's Oldsmobile!
We just shipped an Ultra-ZinFurbished VO-9850P PAL deck with NEW Upper Drum to an archive in New Zealand that needs to play Low Band PAL, High Band PAL and SP PAL Tapes! This VO-9850P PAL unit had our new S-Video YC output option that we can include on any VO-9850 deck we ZinFurbish! We have several VO-9850 NTSC units wrapped and ready to ship now. With existing or replacement New or refurbished Upper Drums and 180 day limited warranty. Click here to learn more about the value that's in these decks... as close to new as we can make them! http://www.zinvtrworks.com/zinfurbished-sony-vo-9850-34-umatic-vcrs-for-archival-use/ ... See more
A kit of four belts for Sony VO-9850 3/4" Umatic decks is almost ready to ship to a customer in Canada! These belts fit a variety of Sony VO and BVU series machines. Get details and learn how to order here: http://www.zinvtrworks.com/zinparts-replacement-belts-and-other-parts-for-broadcast-professional-and-vintage-vtrs-and-vcrs-2 ... See more
Tuesday night: Quad Videotape Group Annual Dinner at AMIA! Worked with, or have an interest in Quad Videotape? In or near New Orleans? Let us know you'd love to attend. We will meet in the hotel bar, and then move elsewhere for dinner. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/344980082635407/# ... See more
I never know what questions I may be asked. Does anyone on the list have a working Ampex ACR-25 quad Videotape cartridge machine? https://youtu.be/m_YXCNpTfAg Discussing something with a customer this week, the conversation took a bit different turn when they mentioned they had a collection of ACR 25 cartridges containing station interstitials, commercials, and other short items they would ultimately like to archive as digital files. I think the number mentioned was 200. Which would make finding a working ACR 25 a more practical way of digitizing these items. You can let me know on or off list! Hope whatever you're doing you are staying cool and/or dry and you're not being blown around by the wind or weather. From Northern California where you could bake a tape outside… Ted Ted Langdell Zin VTR Works Ted@zinvtrworks.com (530)301-2931 Dictated into and Sent from my iPhone, which is solely responsible for any weird stuff I didn't catch. ... See more
This is a 23 yo machine I documented in 1998.
If you are attending the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas, we invite you to check out vintage technology: https://www.facebook.com/QuadVideotapeGroup/posts/10155251323588166
It's the Ninth Annual Quad Videotape Group Annual Luncheon at NAB: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:30 PM Las Vegas Convention Center Booth L-2, The Museum of Broadcast Technology In the hallway outside the North Hall entrance nearest the taxi drop off. Grab your lunch at one of the food courts, bring it with you and come join the crowd! Look for the Quad Reel and Two WORKING RCA Image Orthicon cameras. ... See more
We'll be in the San Francisco Bay area today What are we doing? This: http://www.flashscan8.us/workflow-solutions-tour-from-jb-a-now-through-january/
21Jul Workflow Solutions Tour from JB & A–Now through January! Posted by: TedLangdell Categories: 4K AV Equipment Content Management Data Archiving Digital Asset Management Digital Storage Events HD Information Technology IT IT Equipment Production Equipment Quality Control Storage Streaming Video V... ... See more
The national endowment for the humanities has a September symposium on the value of media archives. Here are details: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=734f7bdadb42467f38d173329&id=57b7af7cf6&e=ee6977cb97
A National Endowment for the Humanities Symposium on Preserving Audiovisual HeritageSeptember 30, 2016 | Washington, D.C.
#NABShow COME SEE US in Booth SL-14813 in the QUIETER section of Lower South Hall, where there's a lot to see. Or as I sometimes tell folks: "Have a Ball in the back of Lower South Hall!" You can here yourself think, hear and see Quality ZinFurbished VTRs and other legacy videotape equipment (or video tape equipment, if you'd rather spell it that way. There's more to see that relates to getting the most from your legacy videotape archive. Learn more and find us here: http://nab16.mapyourshow.com/7_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?ExhID=992 ... See more
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#NABShow FREE! No Fooling! I'd like to invite you to attend the 2106 NAB Show April 18 in Las Vegas for FREE. (You have to get there, but we'll get you in!) Use code LV3654 at the link below and enter it into the "Exhibits Session 3-Pack" registration package and IT WILL DEDUCT the $150 Fee. REGISTER NOW. Link below! This free deal from NAB expires this Friday, April 1st so act quickly! After that, it will go up to $25. COME SEE US in Booth SL-14813 in the QUIETER section of Lower South Hall, where there's a lot to see. Or as I sometimes tell folks: "Have a Ball in the back of Lower South Hall!" FIND US HERE: http://nab16.mapyourshow.com/7_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?ExhID=992 REGISTER HERE: https://registration.experientevent.com/showNAB161/default.aspx?Tracking=WB01 Everyone with that pass gets access to 1,700 exhibitors plus over 40 sessions including: •Opening Keynote with Gordon Smith, President and CEO, NAB, and Ben Sherwood, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC Television Group •FOX's "EMPIRE": Inside the Megahit Broadcast Series with Ilene Chaiken, Executive Producer, and Dana Walden and Gary Newman, CEO's of FOX Television Group •Q & A with FCC Chairmen Tom Wheeler *(That should be interesting!!) •Transforming TV – VR, Cloud and the Multi-Screen Revolution with Daniel Alegre, President of Google Partnerships, Google Inc. See everything FREE here: http://www.nabshow.com/attend/all-badge-access-sessions COME SEE US in Booth SL-14813 in the QUIETER section of Lower South Hall, where there's a lot to see. Or as I sometimes tell folks: "Have a Ball in the back of Lower South Hall!" Thanks, and hope to see you in our booth, or... During the Quad Videotape Group's Ninth Annual Luncheon at NAB, 12:30pm Tuesday, April 19th at a place to be announced here shortly. Back to prepping for the show! Ted CMO Zin! VTR Works CEO flashscan8.us Secretary, Quad Videotape Group ... See more
Take advantage of the following Sessions that are open to all NAB Show® registrants. General Sessions | Info Sessions | Sessions in the Attractions and Pavilions Media Standards Summit: The Role of Media Standards in a Connected World Saturday, April 16 In a world where media content is increasingly… ... See more
Ken's added S-Video OUT capability to a Zinfurbished ForA FA-220 TBC! And CAN ADD S-Video INPUT capability for users who want to time base correct video from S-VIDEO capable decks. This ForA-220 Framestore TBC has DOC inputs with dropout detection adjustments and Advanced Sync to steer capable decks' video into the middle of the TBC correction window. Ken replaced capacitors up the wazoo in this unit (most or all capacitors, many with Tantalum caps), including the power supply, and the results are pretty striking when viewed on waveform monitor, vectorscope and screen: Sharp corners at luminance transitions, tiny vector dots that are like what comes out of the Rohde and Schwarz test signal generator, and a nice, clean picture. New fans are keeping the unit cool. All this work means this TBC is ready for a good life continuing to help folks get great pictures from their videotapes. Contact Ted at ZinVTRWorks.com for more details and price. ... See more
See us at NAB 2016, April 18-21, 2016, Lower South Hall Booth SL14813. http://nab16.mapyourshow.com/7_0/floorplan/?exhid=992&selectedBooth=SL14813&CFID=161856367&CFTOKEN=f5b5778100d49775-1D03AD5C-F6DB-9DD5-5F575C9A21130571 Use our FREE EXHIBIT PASS CODE LV3654 for registration. https://registration.experientevent.com/showNAB161/default.aspx?Tracking=WB01 ... See more
Ken celebrated another Birthday, yesterday, (Feb. 20, 2015). He's a bit older than videotape... but keeps crafting new mods for machinery and electronics.
Just back from the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference in Portland Oregon, where we had a wide selection of video recorders on display ranging from half-inch EIAJ color through VHS, S-VHS, 3/4 inch Umatic, Betacam SP and Digital Betacam:
59 years ago, history was made when CBS engineers in Television City hit record on two Ampex VRX-1000 Quad video recorders before the November 30, 1956 4:15 p.m. Pacific/7:15 p.m. Douglas Edwards news broadcast from New York, and played the tape back at 6:15 Pacific time to the dozen CBS affiliates in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. That was the first time a network had used videotape for time zone delay, and it ushered in the use of videotape for that purpose and for production. Read more on the Quad Videotape Group website! http://www.quadvideotapegroup.com/happy-59th-anniversary-of-the-cbs-use-of-quad-videotape-for-broadcast/ ... See more