RetroTech: Sony's bizarre Ruvi camcorder
- Published on Oct 25, 2016
- I love a good bad idea - and this was one of the best.
Sony's 1998's Ruvi was a one-off camcorder experiment. In the video you can find out what made this a unique failure.
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Guessed Potential Questions or Comments (Q=Question, C=Comment)
Q) Is the tape a loop?
A) No it runs from one reel to the other then you rewind it.
Q) Will you do a video about that MicroMV camcorder?
A) Yes I plan to, one day
Q) Would the video have looked sharper with a brand new video cartridge?
A) Worn out tape will usually show drop-outs (small white lines) but this tape didn't have any which indicates the tape was still fine. If this was my camera I doubt I'd have recorded on it 'hundreds of times' - I'd probably have used it a few times over a year or two then upgraded to a different camera.
Q) If the camera only has an analog output how did you capture the video?
A) With a video capture device hooked up to the composite output from the camera.
Q) Did you change the video title?
A) Yes, I couldn't decide on a suitable word, but the Quarrymen did all right after a name change, so what's in a name.
Q) Why are there no muppets in this video?
A) They don't appear in every video - they just come out when something 'amusing' comes to mind for them to express. Today - I have nothing. Writer's block.
C) Actually I think you'll find that those pentalobe screws were....
C) That shirt needed ironing
A) Yes it did - I wore a creased shirt to demonstrate the lack of shadow-definition on the Ruvi (this is not true).
Q) I really need to see what MiniDV video looked like from that JVC camcorder (for some unfathomable reason)
A) Well here's some indoors footage I took with it in 1998 thexvid.com/video/7Bz9W9IuLPg/video.html
Q) What's this New York in 1993 in HD thing you mentioned?
A) So you're the person who hasn't seen it... more info here www.techmoan.com/blog/2016/4/22/retro-tech-that-time-when-hd-came-on-vhs.html
Q)Where do you get the old magazines from?
C) You said that the footage 'might have looked like it came from 20 years earlier than 1998, that's 1978, video in 1978 wouldn't have looked like that.
C) In those magazines there is a camcorder for $23,000
Q) Do you have downloadable full size photos of the interior of that video cartridge
A) Why yes, yes I do - www.techmoan.com/blog/2016/10/25/i-love-a-good-bad-idea-and-the-sony-ruvi-was-one-of-the-best.html
C) So I noticed that at the beginning of the video in a totally unscripted bit when you spoke to the camera uninterrupted for three minutes that you referred to 8 years as as few...however I don't think 8 is a few...I think it's more than that.
A) Is this really what you wanted to do with your life, trying to pick apart videos on youtube? Have a try at making something...it's a lot harder than sitting watching a phone on the toilet while eating Cheetos and complaining about everything, however it can be a lot more rewarding too. You never know you might become a youtube megastar and experience things from the other side.
C) Hey dude I would have just spooled new tape inside that cartridge from a Hi8 cassette
A) Cool story bro.
C) I saw some white chewing gum stuck to the camera
A) It was white-tac used to hold the camera on it's end in one of the size comparison photos - I neglected to remove it and it now has completely ruined the entire internet for everyone...sorry about that.
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