Industrial Use Of Home'/2-Inch VCRs
As we mentioned earlier, any of the other 3/4-inch VCRs can be integrated into your system without too much problem. The major nuisance though, will be the home VCR's lack of standard industrial closed circuit input/output connectors such as the 8-Pin, BNC, UHF and RCA/phono plugs. A good stock of adapters will make interfacing less troublesome.
Because Winch VCR is so new and moving so fast, long term experience is hard to come by. Some observations by myself and other veteran video users may be helpful to your hardware decisions.
Features Beta units, both home and industrial,come with built-in RF units. All home VHS systems have built-in RF units also, but the Panasonic NV-8150 and NV-8300 industrial VCRs only offer them as options-
All recording industrial Beta units offer a freeze frame capability, VU meters and manual audio level control. Most VHS units do not. The Beta 2 mode, especially on the newer type units, is very good because of additional noise reduction circuitry, and in some opinions is very close, equals and in some instances, is better than the VHS 2-hour mode. It is certainly better than the VHS 4-hour mode. The Beta 1-hour mode is often considered superior to the 2-hour VHS mode- Most Beta home machines do not have the audio dub feature whereas almost all VHS machines do- It's difficult to say anything negative about the Sony SLO-320, and it receives nearly unanimous praise from most users as a well designed, extremely flexible and high quality machine-