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Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I'm excited that the manufacturers are moving forward with more HDTV recording solutions. I think the compatibility issues with the PVHD1000, the DST-50/1 and the newest recorders are important, but for those of us who have spent several times the equipment costs in developing a good HDTV library, I'm just as interested in the ability of the new equipment to play the existing tape library recorded on the DST/PVHD equipment. It is when this hardware goes down, that the problem will surface in how to play the older tapes.
Also, I would like to add a couple of technical comments regarding testing-
1. Please try to avoid complicating your tests with superfluous hardware like i-link hubs. Conduct the tests using the simplest hardware configuration possible. And, if your hardware has been modified, and I'm including damaged or playback only demo gear modified to work for record, please mention this when stating your tests results.
2. The time counter on the PVHD1000 is a simple control track counter reading in HMS so I doubt this has anything to do with i-Link compatibility as it is an analog type monitor of tape control track, not the mpeg bit stream. Unless you are referring to the time as read on the screen from the DST-50 output during DST-50 search mode, it would not indicate anything about tape compatibility of the older Panasonic system with the new except for the fact that the control tracks are compatible. For that matter a simple VHS tape has the same control track pulses format as the DVHS tapes.
Keep up the great work with all the reports. It's nice to learn that the companies are doing what their reps said they would do when I spoke to them at NAB.
BTW- if any of you need a contact at Panasonic for their HD DVHS recorder section, I located the lost business card with e-mail address of the Japanese gentleman in charge. e-mail me for that info if you are interested.
Well, I NEED to clarify the above offer. When I said if anyone "needs" the contact, I meant because they are doing some responsible research on the subject at hand and not just to bother this man with a bunch of consumer questions easily answered here on the forum. If I didn't think this would happen I would not have with held the info from the public forum. Those of you who have requested and received answer from me know which category I think you are in. I don't mean to judge but I feel a bit responsible in not giving out that man's contact info unless those who NEED it will use it responsibly. This means no lurkers please and only those who have, in the past offered excellent information in their work with this equipment. I apologize to any who have not heard from me but you didn't demonstrate a need to "bother" this man. I treasure our professional contacts made through this forum and elsewhere. They are our valuable resource.