The Gates of Troy
Joined: 03 Nov 2007
Location: Equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia, along the NJ Shore
|Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:49 am Post subject: Any interest in a Sony 3/4" U-matic video deck?
|For any video aficionados among us, I have a Sony VO-7600 3/4" U-matic recorder/player I no longer have a need for. It was given to me several years ago by an audio post producer who had bought it new but, because he did relatively little syncing of his audio to video, the deck was rarely used. And this guy kept his facility like a hospital, so this deck works and looks like new. I used it only to digitize a handful of tapes.
While this is not my photo, the deck looks as good as the one shown. And here's the Sony brochure for the unit.
A little history: Sony introduced the U-matic format (the first videotape in a cassette) in 1971, initially aimed at the consumer market. Not exactly an inexpensive undertaking for the average consumer, it failed there, but it quickly took hold in the corporate communications field. Many large companies (AT&T I know as a first-hand example) created their own internal TV studios). Also, TV stations began favoring the U-matic format over their 16mm film cameras, as film processing took up valuable time. The instant playback of videotape got breaking news on the air practically immediately. This marked the beginning of what is known today as ENG (Electronic News Gathering).
Let me know if there is any interest.
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