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Can we Rescue your Video tape?

Our rescue service is available for all these video cassettes or camcorder tapes, with snapped, jammed and screwed up tape and cases with broken or missing parts.

  • VHS

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    (SD Standard Definition only)

 

For more serious problems i.e. the tape has suffered from Mould, Mildew and other Damp related damage, we now offer a recovery service to capture and convert to digital files as much of the recorded footage as we can and transfer to a DVD or DVDs . > more information

 


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> The video tape has snapped, torn or pulled out of the spool.   We can re-join / splice the broken videotape together or re-attach it to the spool, convert the video on the tape to a digital file and then transfer it to a DVD.
Please note that due to the way the picture on the videotape is recorded there may be a some interference displayed on the DVD at the point the videotape is joined. if the tape has been spliced we recommend that it is not played in a domestic video player or camcorder as this may damage the machine (the tape will be labelled with a warning as appropriate)
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Yes
Rescue Service

> A  section of  video tape has been twisted, crumpled or screwed up.   We can cut out the section of the tape that has been twisted or screwed up and re-join / splice the videotape back together, convert the video on the tape to a digital file and then transfer it to a DVD.
Please note that due to the way the picture on the videotape is recorded there may be a some interference displayed on the DVD at the point the videotape is joined. if the tape has been spliced we recommend that it is not played in a domestic video player or camcorder as this may damage the machine (the tape will be labelled with a warning as appropriate)
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Yes
Rescue Service

> Broken cassette case or case parts are damaged or missing. The damaged video cassette is striped down and inspected, broken, worn or missing parts are replaced or the video tape is removed and placed into a new cassette housing with a new set of mechanical parts i.e. brakes, guide rollers etc.
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Yes
Rescue Service

> Video tape won't move, or the video cassette is ejected by the player.   Inside the video cassette are several mechanical parts including the cassette brake, this is like the parking brake on a car. It stops the tape reels from spilling out the tape when the cassette is outside the player or camcorder. Normally the cassette brake is automatically released when the tape is put into the player / camcorder, however if it fails to release due to faulty parts the tape will not move and in some players will automatically be ejected and in other older players could cause the tape to snap. The faulty parts are replaced or the video tape is removed and placed into a new cassette housing with a new set of mechanical parts i.e. brakes, guide rollers etc.
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Yes
Rescue Service

> The player won't  accept or rejects the video cassette     If problems occur when you push the video cassette into the tape slot on your video player i.e. it stops and is not accepted or the the player rejects it pushing back out again. Often caused by a slightly bent or distorted cassette case.  To fix this problem the videotape is removed and placed into a new cassette housing with a new set of mechanical parts i.e. brakes, guide rollers etc.
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Yes
Rescue Service

> The tape has suffered from mildew, mould or damp related problems  

This is becoming more of a problem, when video tapes have been stored for a long time they can be contaminated by mould. If when looking trough the tape window a white powdery substance or growth can be seen then the tape has been contaminated. we strongly recommend that you do not play the tape as it could damage your recording and contaminate your player and other tapes played on the machine.

If we receive the tape at the early stages of contamination we can usually rescue the entire recording with our Video Tape Rescue Service. The video cassette is striped down, cleaned and inspected, damaged or contaminated  parts are replaced or the video tape reels are removed and inserted into a new video cassette housing. Once the tape has be made operational, the recording will be rescued (captured to a digital file and transferred to a DVD). In some cases tapes showing signs of mould may have other symptoms like deterioration due to moisture being adsorbed by the tape ribbon or tape welding etc >more information

 VHS, SVHS, VHSC, SVHSC, video8 ,Hi8 video tapes only

Please Note!  This service is not available for digital tapes i.e. mini DV or digital 8

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Probably
Recovery Service

> Liquid has got inside the video cassette
If liquid has got inside the video cassette then it will not be suitable for our video tape rescue service. If a tape suffering from these problems is put into a normal video player it will almost certainly snap or be torn. We can recover recorded material from tapes that have had liquid inside but it requires an intensive and time consuming process. How much of the recorded material we can recover from the video tape and the cost involved will depend on the type of liquid and the extent of the damage to the tape. Each case will need to be individually inspected to assess the work required and cost involved.
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Probably
Recovery Service

> Twisting, folding or creasing along the entire length of the tape Often caused by a mechanical fault in the video recorder or camcorder, where the tape receives damage as it goes past the video head or other moving parts, it is scored, creased or even folded. Although we can capture and make DVDs from tapes with this type of problem if the material is of precious family memories or other irreplaceable recordings, but it is unlikely that the  picture will be good , it's likely to be very unstable not very pleasing to view there may also be problems with the sound. Whether we can recover any recorded material from the video tape and the cost involved will depend on the type and the extent of the damage to the tape. Each case will need to be individually inspected to assess the work required and the cost involved.
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Unlikely

> Not recorded, erased or recorded over tape
If the video or camcorder tape was not recorded properly or has been erased or recorded over we have no way or recovering the material.
 

No

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If your still not sure which service to use, or you would like to talk to someone about your damaged video tape

Phone 01205 871000
Mon to Fri  9am to 6pm

or if you prefer you can e-mail

michael.plant@DVDedit.co.uk

 

 


DVDedit
Customers Feedback

 I was devastated when a family video tape snapped in the recorder - it had years of footage on it of my sons growing up & of my late Mum - after posting it off to dvd edit it has now been transferred onto a dvd so we can continue to enjoy 'looking back' for years to come! You can tell where the tape snapped but treasured memories have not been lost . Company keeps you updated of progress by email & phone & the DVD arrived quickly

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