D6 HDTV VTR is an 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 playback 2k DPX files at 6 frames per second over a HIPPI connection. The VTR came 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 gigabit recorder to record and playback raw data. Toshiba made the videotape for the VTR. The high price of the videotape 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
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.
Video error correction Reed Solomon code, 2D
Longitudinal tracks three: Control track, Timecode and, Audio cue
Playback Slow motion +/- ¼ and with a video visible search mode