Video Tape Repair
Repair Your Video Tapes
One of the most common problems with older video tapes is when the tape breaks in two. When the tape breaks, you can’t watch or transfer it before it’s fixed. Our video transfer technicians are experienced with repairing video tapes of all formats and in most cases, we can successfully transfer tapes that have been repaired.
Video Tape Repair - Pricing
Tape Repair Services
VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, 8mm, Video8, Digital8, MiniDV, MicroMV, Audio Cassette, Microcassette
|Type of Tape||Repair Cost|
|Standard Formats||$30.00 each|
- Tape Repair Service: Re-splicing the tape and replacing the cassette shell when necessary are included in this service. Repaired tapes must go through our tape transfer service after the repair has finished.
- If we cannot repair your tape, there is no charge.
- We cannot accept tapes with mold or mildew damage at this time.
- If your tape lacks screws, we must replace the plastic casing.
- Attempting to fix yourself? Check out our do-it-yourself guide: Video Tape Repair Guide.
- Looking to get multiple video formats, or convert your existing video to a new format? Check out our video format conversion pricing page.
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Video/Audio Tape Repair
Repair is needed if your tape is broken, or the tape is wrinkled and garbled such as if it was stuck in a video recorder. Broken tapes will no longer be able to be played in your VCR, or transferred to DVD until the problem has been fixed.
VHS Repair Guide
Our Denver manager, Steve, shows you how to repair your own VHS tapes. At first, you may think all hope is lost when your tape has broken, but with a professional repair job, the damage can be minimized.
Tools needed to repair your own tapes
If you wanted to repair your own tapes from home, the tools you need are pretty basic, and most everyone should have them laying around the house.
- Splicing tape (Scotch tape can work if no splicing tape available.)
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Razor Blade
- Steady hands
Common types of damage
Video tapes can be damaged in a variety of ways and not all types of damage can be easily repaired. The most common type of tape damage is when the tape becomes mangled, breaks in half, becomes separated from one of the reels. The cause of this issue is generally due to the player used to play the tape. VCRs are notorious for eating up tapes and spitting them back out as a garbled mess, or broken in half. Since there are many more moving parts, the odds of something going wrong are much higher in a VCR than compared to a DVD player.
Complete Loss of Signal on the Tape
If your tape experiences a complete signal loss, meaning the tape plays perfectly fine, but no video and audio is being played, the odds of recovering the data becomes slim. Once the data has been wiped from the tape, you will never be able to retrieve it. This can be caused by a strong magnetic field which will actually wipe all of the data on your tape, as it’s stored magnetically. Storing video tapes near magnetic devices such as speakers or hard drives can cause damage similar to this.
Water and Mold Damage
Damage to your tapes caused by water can be severe if left unchecked. If caught early enough, you can prevent the onset of mold by drying your tapes in an open room with lots of airflow. Once mold sets in, it can be extremely difficult and time consuming to remove completely. Mold on your video tapes can best be described as being covered with spots of white powder or fine white dust. If you discover your tapes had been exposed to excessive moisture, it’s best to immediatly quarantine the infected tapes, and extract the data off of the tapes as soon as possible before it’s too late. The best way to extract data from the tapes while preventing further deterioration is to transfer the video either to DVD or to a hard drive as an .avi or .mov file.
Sometimes tape can be physically damaged to the point of being unplayable. This usually happens when the tape has gone through some traumatic event such as being chewed on by a dog, or run over by a car. If this happens, most of the time the data can still be recovered, you’ll just have to swap out the magnetic tape into a new shell casing. We have several types of replacement shells at our stores, so let us know if your tape has been physically damaged and needs repairs.
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