Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity
In the menu on the JVC's you can turn off On Screen Display and the VIDEO CALIBRATION message will not flash on the screen.
You’re correct EscapeVelocity. It amazes me how many folks don’t know simple basic things about their gear but blame everything on the gear. While I agree that JVC made a stupid mistake having the “video calibration” message flash on-screen, it’s certainly not the end of the world and a user has multiple options to turn off the stupid message.
1) As you already stated turn off the OSD.
But in my opinion there are better ways to get rid of the message while dubbing tapes to disc and still have access to other OSD messages while in-between dubs.
2) Set the VCR into “edit mode”. This will turn off all the analog enhancement crap that is OK for CRT sets but not so great for flat panels. Let your DVDr handle the enchantments. The Pioneers/Sony have about 20 adjustments to deal with this. Or if you like the analog enhancements choose any of the non-auto picture modes (sharp, soft or normal – any mode but auto will get rid of the message and still auto track. If you rather have the VCR bios control auto-adjust than leave the pic control in auto-mode but (see below).
3) Set the VCR into “manual tracking mode”.
Many people don’t realize that the “video calibration” message doesn’t always appear due to tracking adjustments. My JVC machines hardly ever adjust the auto-tracking after the initial calibration when starting a tape. All my tapes pretty well stay locked with good tracking throughout an entire program. I noticed that if I leave my heavily used HR-S3911U in full auto mode – the “video calibration” message will flash for a few seconds if a scene changes from a normal scene to an extremely bright seen. I concluded that the machine is trying to “fine-adjust” the bios circuitry for the white –clip level. This is probably due to the fact that the heads have a million miles on them and the machine is trying to compensate.
Simply performing either or both step –2) or step 3) written above will cancel out the “calibration message” whether the message is caused by tracking correction or bios correction.
For VHS / SVHS
- I will never buy anything but a JVC SVHS machine ever again. I have extensive experience with many brands. With my experience nothing even comes close to my low-end JVC SVHS machines.
For Beta / SuperBeta
- I will stick with the SONY SL-HF models.
Proud owner of fully functional and in perfect working condition:
HR-S3911U JVC SVHS with a million miles.
HR-S5912U JVC SVHS with fewer miles.