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PostPosted: 29 May 2024, 04:52 
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Is there any information on how D-Theater tapes were mastered/duplicated? What equipment was used?

I've read about the JVC SR-VD400U Pro HD D-VHS Recorder/Player but it sound like it only played back D-Theater tapes.
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 Post subject: Re: D-Theater mastering
PostPosted: 30 May 2024, 14:39 
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Normally I wouldn't think a Pro piece of equipment would bother with playback of D-Theater since that's a consumer format for playing back pre-recorded movies.

But apparently according to this brochure, it does play back D-Theater.

http://pro.jvc.com/pro/attributes/HDTV/brochure/DVHS400.pdf

As far as your question about mastering goes, I can't say for certain, but there were higher spec HD source tapes at the time like Panasonic D-5 they might have used to make masters for D-Theater. Then again, with it being digital, keeping the masters on a hard drive might have started being used at the time.

And with a lot of distributors in the early 00s using HD masters for their DVDs, using the same master for D-Theater was a no brainer.

Now as to what machine they would use to record these tapes and make duplications? That I can't say. I know Bell and Howell were big into VHS tape duplicators for movie distributors in the 80s, but I wouldn't be able to name single model number of any of those Bell and Howell machines nor be able to tell you what one looked like. I can only imagine a similar machine was made for D-VHS/D-Theater duplication.
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 Post subject: Re: D-Theater mastering
PostPosted: 04 Jun 2024, 02:51 
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There’s companion hardware to the SR-VD400U, the SR-VDA300US Pro-HD deck and the JVC DM-JV600U MPEG-2 encoder, though from their documentation, it sounds like its recordings were intended as an early professional solution for HD dailies, and may not have been compatible with consumer D-VHS decks.

I’ve not found any info on another professional VTR deck for D-VHS - only consumer decks. Surely some machine exists that could record D-Theater...
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