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Sony VO 9800 Chroma Output

Connecting a 7-pin to 4-pin Comprehensive s-video cable to the dub connector on the back of a Sony VO 9800 I do not get a chroma signal out to the 4-pin s-video device. I get a great black & white image but no color.

I have had the cable checked and it is wired properly. The problem seems to be in the y/c card of the deck.

The composite out on the deck works as it should.

Any ideas on a solution to get the color signal working?

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There is a converter called the YCP-688 that did exactly this-- converted the Y/C 688 signal coming out of the Umatic deck to a Y/C 358 signal that any modern device with a s-video port (VCR, edit deck, capture card) could accept.
The company went out of business in 2007 , don't know if they are still for sale-- here's a link to it-
http://www.smithav.com/ycplus/docs/688.pdf

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I believe the dub connector you are speaking of puts out a signal called Y/C 688. This is a different signal format than used by standard S-video, which is also called Y/C 358. The numbers after the Y/C indicate the carrier frequency of the color signal, one is 6.88 Mhz, the other is NTSC standard 3.58 Mhz. I belive that is why you are not seeing the color information.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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    The two signals are not compatible and I do not know of any "converter" to make them work.

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