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D6 VTR Tape Deck
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D6 VTR Tape Deck
Media type Magnetic Tape
Encoding HDTV Digital 1920x1080
Capacity 500 GBytes max capacity on large cassette
Read mechanism 128 MBtes/sec
Write mechanism 128 MBtes/sec
Standard Interlaced video, Progressive modes and segmented frame mode
Usage Broadcast TV and Post Production

D6 HDTV VTR is SMPTE videocassette standard. A D6 VTR can record and playback HDTV video uncompressed. The only D6 VTR product is the Philips, now Thomson's Grass Valley's Media Recorder, model DCR 6024, also called the D6 Voodoo VTR. The VTR was a joint project between Philips Digital Video Systems of Germany and Toshiba in Japan. The Tape deck module was designed and made by Philips in Weiterstadt, Germany. (formerly Bosch Fernseh). and the Digital Processor module designed and made by Toshiba. Since there is no data compression, after 20 tape copies of multi generations there is no noticeable loss of quality. As a very high-end, costly system about 70 were sold to high-end post houses from about 2000 to 2005. The VTR had a Data Record option. The Data Module could record and play back 2k DPX files at 6 frames per second over a HIPPI connection. The VTR could come in a data only model, or with a switch module, so the record deck could be used for both video and data recording. The tape deck was also sold stand alone as a Giga Bit Recorder to record and playback raw data. Toshiba made the video tape for the VTR, the high price of the video tape, limited the use of the VTR.


  • Tape format D-6 19 mm tape cassette housing, SMPTE 277/278M
  • Also marketed under the name "Digital Voodoo"
  • The tape cassette housing looks like a 19mm D1 or D2 cassette, but inserting these older Standard Definition tape cassettes would be rejected by the VTR.
  • Tape is a Metal Particle tape, magnetic tape
  • Scanner diameter 96 mm, a Helical scan
  • Track pitch: 22 um
  • D6 Tape thickness 11 um
  • Head to tape speed ~46 m/s
  • Tape speed ~497 mm/s
  • Records and playback of 1 Gbit/s uncompressed data -- the only real-time uncompressed HD videotape format marketed (the more ubiquitous Sony HDCAM, Panasonic D5-HD and Sony XDCAM HD/422 all used compression)
  • Uses cassette sizes L – M – S
  • Recording time:
    • Small type 8 minutes
    • Med. type 28 minutes
    • Large type 64 minutes
  • Helical scan Record heads 2 clusters of 8 (0/180) total of 16
  • Play heads 2 clusters of 8 (0/180) Total of 16
  • Erase heads 2 (0/180)
    • Yes, that is a total of 34 heads on the scanner.
  • Longitudinal tracks three: Control track, Timecode and, Audio cue
  • Playback Slow motion +/- ¼ and with a video visible search mode
  • HDTV Video Signal Formats (SMPTE 274M)
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.976p
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p
  • Progressive modes DTV
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 24sF
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.976sF
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 25sF ”segmented frame” modes
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94i
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 50i 2:1 interlace modes
  • The unit can cross play some formats
  • Quantization:
    • Y-Luminance = 10 Bits 24/25 fr/sec modes and 8 Bits 30 fr/sec modes
    • Chroma = 8 Bits
  • AUDIO:
    • 30 Frames System: 10 Channel, 5 stereo pairs
    • 24/25 Frames System: 12 Channels, 6 stereo pairs
    • Audio standard AES/EBU
    • Sampling frequency 48 kHz
    • Quantization, digital I/O 20 or 24 bit

Worldwide userlist[edit]


  • Augustus Italy
  • Cinefekt
  • Digital Film Lab Copenhagen, Denmark www.digitalfilmlab.com
  • Digital Images Halle, Germany
  • Digital Film Finland Helsinki, Finland www.softmodel.fi
  • Eclair Épinay, France
  • Frame Image Helsinki, Finland
  • Frithiof Telecine Stockholm, Sweden
  • Generator Post Finland
  • Geyer video Berlin, Germany
  • Interactive group Milan, Italy
  • LTC Scanlab France
  • Listo Vienna, Austria
  • Mars Motel Sweden
  • Molinare Spain
  • Philips Research Netherlands
  • Rudas Germany
  • Sertek Turkey
  • Short Cut Denmark www.filmteknikk.no
  • Epoka ltd Poland www.epoka.tv
  • EBH Polska, Warsaw, Poland
  • Taurus Media Technik Munich, Germany
  • VCC Hamburg, Germany
  • VDM Courbevoie, France www.vdm.fr
  • Video Copy Company – VCC Berlin, Germany www.vcc.de
  • VTR London
  • Warehouse Denmark


  • Casablanca Finish Ltda São Paulo, Brazil
  • Command Post Toronto, Canada www.compt.com
  • Complete Post Hollywood, CA www.completepost.com
  • Discreet Montreal, Canada
  • Digital Images Los Angeles, CA
  • Galicia Ramirez y Asoc. Mex. Mexico
  • The Ed Guzman HDTV Museum Burbank, Ca
  • Industry Light and Magic California
  • IVC, International Video Conversions Burbank, CA www.ivchd.com
  • Laser Pacific Hollywood, CA www.laserpacific.com
  • Library of Congress Washington DC
  • Mega Brazil
  • Rhinoceros Editorial & Post New York, NY
  • SMA Video New York, NY www.smavid.com
  • Technique Burbank, CA www.technicolor.com
  • Vid-Film California www.vidfilm.com


  • Noriko Post Osaka Japan

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