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High Definition Cinematography, 2nd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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29

The Sony HDW F500 VTR

29.1  VTRs in general

Although this book is primarily about acquiring an High Definition (HD) image this would be a worthless occupation if it were not possible to play the acquired pictures into the post-production environment efficiently. There are many VTRs (Video Tape Recorders) available today and this is not the place to carry out a review of them so I have decided to describe the granddaddy of them all, the Sony HDW F500 as if you get the gist of this VTR you will, hopefully, grasp the essentials of any other VTR.

The HDW F500 is still, some 5 years after its introduction, one of the most competent VTRs around. It will just about play out any tape recorded in any HDCAM format as a signal in any other HDCAM format. ...

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