|Developed in 1969 by Mr. Kihara at Sony Corp.
A visual of the Sony AV-3400
SONY SONY-MATIC PORTABLE VIDEOCORDER.
MODEL AV 3400. SERIAL NUMBER 26061
ANOTHER AV-3400. IT HAS A SONY VIDEO BRAND TAPE ON IT NOW. IT IS
MARKED CARL SANDBURG COLLEGE. ANYONE KNOW THE HISTORY OF THIS UNIT
Lightweight, High Quality 1/2" EIAJ VTR System You Can Operate
One Great Portable VTR System From Sony -
AV-3400/AVC-3450 Portable Video Recorder Unit and Compact Video Camera
Sony AVC-3400 Vintage Portable Video
Camera with Lens
If you have interesting Sony
Videotapes that need converting we can help! TAPE
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Sony AVC-3400 Vintage Portable Video Camera with Lens.
No. 40244. Comes with Sony TV ZOOM LENS 1:1.8 f12.5-75mm no. 125738
Sometimes you open a box and ... Surprise!
KAROB18 - 200-inch
extension cable, factory-wired, 10-pin male screw-on connector to a
threaded 10-pin female connector. It can be used to extend the distance
between a Sony AVC-3400 video camera (vintage early 1970's) to the AV-3400
or -3600 or -3650 reel-to-reel tape deck.
56-inch factory-wired cable, 10-pin male
screw-on to 8-pin male click-on, connecting a Sony AV series videotape
recorder (the AV-3400, reel-to-reel, vintage early 1970's) to a monitor.
SONY AVC-3450 MONOCHROME
CAMERA WITH SONY TV-ZOOM LENS.
Notice there is also one of these cameras in this av-3400 outfit that
we have. I suspect that this unit was near the end of the AV-3400
Click to see how to thread it!
Sony SEG-1 Special Effects
SONY Model SEG·l is a special-effects generator with
facilities for switching, fading, superimposing, and wiping two video
signals. Inputs accept up to four SONY video cameras and provisions are
included to monitor the output of each camera. One channel may be
inverted, if desired to yield a negative picture. In addition, an internal
sync generator supplies 2: 1 interlace sync, or sync may be supplied from
an external source.
The SEG-1 may be used with any SONY video camera, monitor, and/or
Videocorder. Dramatic effects can be produced that will odd a professional
appearance to video recordings.
According to the Manual this switcher may be used with CCTV Systems,
CV-Series Videocorders, EV-Series
Videocorder and PV-Series Videocorders.
The Special-Effects Generator may be used as part of a surveillance
system or any other closed circuit television application. When the SYNC
SELECT switch 14 is set to INT on internal 2: 1 interlace sync generator
will synchronize all cameras. An external 2:1 interlace EIA sync generator
may be connected. if desired, to the SYNC IN receptacle 18. In this case,
set the SYNC SELECT switch 14 to EXT.
When the SEG-1 is used with a SONY video tape recorder. connect the
equipment as previously described (see Figs. 4, 5, or 6) and follow the
normal camera recording procedure as described in the Videocorder
instruction manual. Note that when recording from a CV-Series* Videocorder
the SYNC SELECT switch (14) must be set to EXT so that all cameras are
synchronized to the recorder. EV· and PV· Series Videocorders may be
synchronized by either the internal sync generator (SYNC SELECT switch set
to INT) or on external sync generator connected to the SYNC IN receptacle
(18) (SYNC SELECT switch set to EXT).
Refer to TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS for SYNC IN Receptacle pin
For optimum performance when recording with a CV·2100 Or CV·2200
Videocorder, .. ???????, 'lie AGC-MANU switch On the right side of the
cabinet '0'11. MANU position and adjust 1.~e???????????????J manually.
Camera video inputs: 1.0-1.4 V p-p, sync negative, 75 ohms impedance
Input 1 must be supplied with composite video.
Number of camera inputs: 4-Hirschmann 6 Pin receptacle
Monitor video outputs: 1.01.- 1.4 V p-p, (dependent upon input), sync
negative, 750 impedance
Number of monitor outputs: 4, 50·239 UHF receptacle
Number of line outputs: 2, 1-Hirschmann 6Pin receptacle 1-50·239 UHF
Internal sync: 2:1 interlace when SYNC SELECT switch is set to INT.
External sync: Accepts vertical and horizontal sync from CY-Series
Videocorders or vertical sync
(.4V p-p) from one external 2:1 EIA sync generator. See pin connections
Power requirements: 17V,6OHz 3-wire parallel ground plug
Power consumption: 7watts
Dimensions: 5 1/4'"Hx1 51/2"Wx10"D
Weight: a1/2 lb.
CMA-1 Camera Adaptor
Amazing... new in the box...
CMA-4 Camera Adaptor
The Sony Camera Adaptor CMA-4 is designed to operate the Song Portable
Video Camera AVC-3400 Series with Sony AV-Series Reel to Reel Half-Inch
non-portable Videocorders or VO-Series BETACAM Videocassette Recorders.
Vintage Professional Sony Color Tuner Modulator
Front controls VHF output TV/VCR with bright indicator lights,
Tuning meter, UHF and VHF tuning, and power on/off. Back panel has some
type of multi pin connector (for VTR?), audio and video input level
controls, XLR audio in and out connectors, RF in and out connector,
CH-3/CH-4 selector, antenna connectors for UHF and VHF, TV UHF and VHF
Sony's second portable system was referred to by many names...
The Sony Videorover II, Sony AV-3400 Porta Pak,
Portapak or the VIDEOCORDER 3400.
Video recording system: Rotary 2-head scan
system, full field, composite video signal based on American TV standards
(supplied from the Video Camera AVC-3400)
Recording time: 30 minutes continuously with a V- 30H tape
Tape speed: 7 ½ ips
Tape width: ½ inch
Video modulation system: Frequency modulation
Horizontal resolution: More than 300 lines
Video signal-to-noise ratio: Greater than 40 dB
Video input: 1.0V (p-p), 75 ohms, unbalanced
Video output: 1.0V (p-p), 75 ohms, unbalanced
RF output: 75 ohms, 80 dB (OdB = 1microV/m)
Audio input: (microphone input) 3.6k ohms, -65 dB, AGC
Audio output: (earphone output) high impedance
Audio frequency response: 100 Hz-10 kHz
Power requirements: DC, 12 V AC, 117V±10 (with use of
Power consumption: 12 W (without AVC-3400)
Dimensions: 11 (w) x 6 3/4 (h) x 11 5/8 (d) in
Weight: 18 1b, 12 oz (with battery pack, tape and reel)
Ac Power Adaptor, AC-3400
Battery Pack, BP-20
Tape, V-30 H
Empty Reel, RH-5E
Monitor connecting cable, VMC-1M
RFU-53W (for 3 channel)
RFU-54W (for 4 channel)
(Antenna Selector, ANS-1 is supplied.)
Spaghetti City Video Manual
(click on cover to see a
close up of this great cover art)
One of the most useful books if you are still
trying to use a ½ inch machine. This book is historically interesting and
has great cover and interior artwork.
Even if you are not maintaining a ½ inch machine
this is 'one of those books' that will give you even more insight
into the early video efforts. We, from time to time, have an extra copy at
the museum... Contact us. -Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC
This is a brochure for the AV-3420CE that was the PAL
unit version of the AV-3400
And sometimes you find
everything in one place...
Sony AV-3400 Portapak Video Camera
The box is here will be a fine addition to the display
private eye - Los Angles
THIS UNIT -- It
was used by a LOS ANGELES character and private eye in the early 70's by
the name of Patrick O'Brien, it comes with tapes and we will try to
see what is on them. Can anyone provide any more info on the owner?
According to the folks that bought
his storage locker and sold us the camera "discovered
that he was a private eye, and quite the athlete with numerous esoteric
interests including spying and scuba diving as well as under-cover work,
martial arts etc., the military, knew a ton about electronics, etc etc
What is on these tapes?