The RCA Type TR-5 TV Tape Recorder is engineered to produce TV Tapes
that faithfully reproduce the high quality monochrome and color pictures
now provided by new, improved TV Cameras. It employs standard RCA
transistorized, interchangeable modules. It accommodates cue
record/playback and electronic splicer accessories.
The TR-5 is equipped for operation on international (switchable) or
domestic standards. To change from one standard to another, an operator
merely moves the standards selector switch to the desired position. This
master circuitry provides instantaneous switchover from 525 to 625 to 405
TV line standard.
Built-In Two Speed Operation
Circuits to permit choice of operating speeds, 15 or 7 1/2 inches per
second, are built into the TR-5. Recording time of up to 60 minutes at 15
IPS and 120 minutes at 7 1/2 IPS is possible with the 12 1/2 -inch tape
The modular construction of the TR-5 mobile recorder means that many of
the sub-assemblies are interchangeable with the TR-3/4 and TR-22
recorders. All modules are completely accessible and by means of a module
extender it is possible to service the machine while in operation.
Transistorized for Reliability
Advanced transistorized modular circuits are used through the TR-5.
These solid state circuits operate on lower voltages and require much less
power and generate less heat. As a result power supplies are small,
efficient units, and air conditioning requirements are reduced.
Transistors have proved extremely reliable and stable. All TR-5 circuits
are conservatively rated, and permit semi-automatic "pre-set"
type of operation. Warm-up time is greatly reduced, practically
eliminated, since no warm-up cycle is required.
The record circuitry of the TR-5 includes a standard modulator and four
standard record amplifiers. Each of the amplifiers provide quadrature
delay as well as FM level control. Color or monochrome video signals are
recorded wi th amazing realism. The playback circuitry involved includes
playback quadrature delay, four-channel equalization and head switching.
Switchlock is also featured as part of the basic machine. For direct
on-air broadcasts it is recommended that a signal processing amplifier be
utilized. The equipment is designed with built-in audio playback for line
drive as well as earphone level monitoring. Stable video playback of any
properly recorded quadruplex tape is achieved. Com pact-Transportable
The Tape Recorder is contained in a small cabinet on casters measuring
only 31 inches high (37 inches with casters), 33 inches wide and 24 inches
deep. It weighs approximately 475 pounds. It may readily be moved from one
studio to another or transported to remote locations.
Ease of Servicing
TR-5 modules can be easily removed for repair or replacement. They may
also be checked without removing through use of module extenders supplied
with the equipment. Spares can be inserted as fast as one can pull out the
module and plug in another. This standardization of modular circuits
permits interchange of many modules between various RCA models in multiple
equipment installations. Furthermore, complete modular spares can be
stocked for emergency use.
Horizontal Tape Transport
The low contour of the TR-5, so essential for ease of transportation to
remote locations has been achieved not only by the compact transistorized
circuitry, but also by a horizontally mounted tape transport. This
transport has all the conveniences and fine performance qualities of the
TR-3 and TR-4 Tape Recorders. Air lubricated guide posts provide long tape
life, while tapered guide post flanges aid tape threading. The transport
panel is hinged for complete access to components.
Finger Tip Controls
Push-button operating controls are conveniently located. They afford
complete mode control of play, record, fast forward, fast reverse, and
stop. In addition there is a two-speed indicator, local and remote switch,
audio/mike switch and (tone wheel! switchlock) indicator. A switchable
audio-video VU meter and metering facilities for control track phasing can
also be used for measuring sync tip frequency. Three front panels provide
complete access to mode control modules, the module bank, and the base of
the equipment where power supply and air system are located.