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  1. According to B&H description, the Datavideo SE-200 Integrated Editing Center has a "TBC (Time Base Corrector) like Datavideo's TBC-3000 sources can be synchronized for A/B roll editing and dissolves." Source:

    I'm wondering if this editing device has the same TBC goodness recommended by #LordSmurf in "the recipe": VCR (Line TBC) -> S-Video -> TBC1000 -> S-Video -> S-Video capture device into lossless AVI.

    UPDATE: I found the SE-200 manual, which states:

    The SE-200 handles both synchronous and non-synchronous video, though it does not synchronize videos by itself. Synchronous video is a professional application, requiring a Time Base Corrector (TBC) such as the Datavideo TBC-3000. To learn more about synchronous video, read section 3.0.

    Can someone interpret this for me? Does this mean the SE-200 is definitely not a TBC?
    Last edited by Darryl In Canada; 27th May 2021 at 13:23. Reason: New info found
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  2. Correct, this unit does not include a built-in TBC. It is an A/V editing mixer "front end" that requires an outboard dual-channel TBC like the DataVideo 3000 to fully exploit. Think of the SE-200 as just another ordinary video device, like a plain-jane VCR: it requires the same type of assistance from an outboard TBC. IOW, it won't help you at all if you need TBC functionality.

    BTW, if opting for the DataVideo TBC line, the base model TBC-1000 is the most desirable for VHS capture work today. It has the simplest and least complicated circuitry, containing just a single TBC plus a four-output distribution amp (that is best bypassed if you know how). The more advanced TBC-2000 and TBC-3000 basically combine "two TBC-1000s" in a single box, coordinating with edit mixers like the SE-200 to sync the signals from two playback VCRs for processing into a third master recording VCR. The TBC-2000 is actually older than the TBC-1000 by a few years and was not considered quite as good. The TBC-3000 was newest, and adds a sophisticated proc amp for adjusting video parameters. Unfortunately like many A/V electronics from the early-millennial era, the TBC-3000 has not aged well. There can be issues with vertical pixel shift, and the nice proc amp circuit tends toward failure that cannot be repaired. While the TBC-1000 is no paragon of reliability itself, it doesn't fail nearly as hard as the other models (and is often more repairable if it does).
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