|LabGuy's World: GE Videocorder,
Sony CV format compatible
New Addition! 03.05.05
1968: General Electric (model unknown) pre-EIAJ
This model is very very rare. This machine runs at 7. 5 IPS giving a 60
minute recording time per 7 inch reel with 2400 feet of tape. Records and
plays black and white video with mono sound. This VTR is actually a repackaged
and slightly modified Sony CV-2000. The five pin DIN jack, for camera input,
has been replaced with the remarkably modern BNC type.
The back panel contains the connectors, you would
expect. Video in,
| monitor 8 pin, utility
AC jacks and the mic, audio line inputs and outputs. The jack panel is
cleverly protected, during transport, by a pair of sliding covers that
are held shut with a primitive hook and pin arrangement! Machine is yet
untested as there is an issue with motor failure in these. More info will
be posted as it becomes available.
and or operators' manuals for this machine.
Inside the General Electric VTR and Matching 300
For those of you who are curious about such things, here is a look at the
GE VTR with the covers removed. Comparatively simple by today's standards,
these machine were some of the most complex consumer products of their
time! Visible along the top back are the rubber power transmission wheels
that go bad and lose traction over time. Note also, the complex linkages
that required various fine adjustments. Mechanical complexity and immature
design led to low reliability in these old beasts.
kit is labeled "300". Does anyone know the model number for the VTR? Was
this a "series" or individually numbered models?
The latest addition to this exhibit is the GE-300 matching vidicon camera
ensemble. The kit includes a modified surveillance camera, a tripod, a
microphone, various cables, cords and a spiffy matching carrying case.
Both the VTR and the camera case are covered in fine green naugahyde and
lined with lovely red flocking!
kit, though it matches the style of the VTR exactly, does not match it
functionally. The camera has the CV-2000 style DIN jack for sync input
and video output. The VTR shown does not have the mate to this connector.
Anyone know the story behind this?
Service and or operators' manuals for this camera outfit.
Last updated: January 09, 2005