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Reference EN 61904:2000
Title Video recording - Helical-scan digital component video cassette recording format using 12,65 mm magnetic tape and incorporating data compression (Format digital-L)
Project Number 12323
Abstract/Scope Applies to video cassette recording of digital componenet video signals and associated digital audio and related control signals on 12,65 mm magnetic tape. Specifies characteristics of the cassettes, the tape, the recording patterns, the processes of digital audio and video coding, data compression, error protection and channel coding, all required to ensure interchangeability.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2000-09-06
Current Stage code deadline 2001-03-01
Deadline date for vote  


Order Voucher  


IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 100
Reference Document IEC 61904:2000 (EQV)
ICS 33.160.40 - Video systems
Keywords Video-recording; Helical-scan; Digital video cassette; Magnetic tape; Data compression
Note EN following parallel vote
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Deadline Date
6060 2000-09-06 2001-03-01  
5099 2000-06-01 2000-09-01  
5061 2000-04-12 2000-06-01  
5020 1999-12-10 2000-02-29  
4099 1999-12-06 1999-12-10  
4020 1998-08-07 1999-01-15  
3099 1998-08-03 1999-01-03  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2000-06-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2000-09-06
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2000-09-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2001-03-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2003-06-01


Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) EBU Technical Recommendation R68:1995
ITU-R Recommendation BT.601-5:1995
ITU-R Recommendation BS.647-2:1992
ITU-R Recommendation BT.656-4:1998
HD 507 S1:1988
EN 60958:1990
EN 61213:1994
EN 61237-1:1994

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(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

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