Sony DSR-1 DVCAM owners question

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by G.I.O., Nov 5, 2004.

  1. G.I.O.

    G.I.O. Guest

    f you own the DSR-1 and have a 537A (or 637A) analog camera on the

    When you press the return button on your lens does the deck playback the
    end of the last
    take and recue for you?

    If you are past the last take and you press return will it back up to
    the end of the last take
    and recue for you?

    G.I.O., Nov 5, 2004
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  2. G.I.O.

    Steve Guidry Guest

    I don't think so, because that's not what "return" means. It just means
    return video "from" the deck - - as opposed to video going from the camera
    "to" the deck.

    Steve Guidry, Nov 5, 2004
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  3. "Steve Guidry"
    Steve, pretty much all the Sony camcorders and dockable units (in the
    broadcast line) use the return video button for momentary playback of the
    internal, or external VTR if a compatible external VCR is tied to said
    camera via a 26 pin connector.
    OR, the RET button can be used to view a return video signal input to
    GENLOCK IN connector. This all depends on if the internal CAM RET function
    switch is set to "ON". In the "OFF" position, only the last two or ten
    seconds of recorded video can be reviewed.
    Pressing RET momentarily will roll the tape back two seconds then play that
    back and re-cue. Hold it down longer and it will roll back and play the
    last ten seconds and re-cue. And all y'all gotta hit that RET button every
    time the tape goes off the heads. (SAVE or shut down)

    To answer the original question. The answer is ...........sorta. Depending
    on how long that RET button is held down, the recorder will back to what it
    thinks is two seconds back or ten seconds back. If video is not present, it
    will just play back blank tape and stop after two or ten seconds.
    The VCR must have a signal to lock on to for the re-cue to last frame
    function to work.

    As an aside, I had my faith in this function come back and bite me in the
    ass. I thought that if I had re-racked the tape to watched a scene (not just
    a few seconds via the RET button, but an actual rewind and play) and then
    hit the RET button even though I had not got to the end of the take, that
    the tape would be re-cued to the end of the last video. NOT! I lost about
    ten seconds of footage. So remember, if you gotta check the footage, get it
    back to as close as possible before using the RET button for re-cue.

    I hope this helps.

    Bill F.
    Bill Farnsworth, Nov 6, 2004
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