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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (N. Thornton)
Subject: Re: Cleaning video tapes
Date: 4 Oct 2002 15:10:00 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 4 Oct 2002 22:10:01 GMT
Bored With the Bitch wrote in message news:...
> I have a number of VHS videotapes which were stored in a dusty environment.
> Although they were in thier protective liners, dust still somehow managed to
> infiltrate the cassettes. The result is when I try to play them, the dust
> interferes with the playback process (grainy picture, loss of vertical sync,
> mechanism cannot track) and I have to open the VCR to clean out the mechanism
> My question is: Is there a device (or a service that I can take the tapes to)
> that can clean the tapes themselves or is this just a waste of time / wishful
> thinking? FWIW, some of the tapes are irreplaceable. If cleaning the tapes
> is possible, I intend to transcribe them to VCD or some similar digital
Playing them in a video with a head self cleaning mechanism will help.
You could make your own tape cleaner, but it'd be a hassle. I'd
probably go for fitting a tape cleaning cloth pad into the player so
that the tape wipes over it as it plays. Be prepared to replace the
cloth pad repeatedly. Any non impregnated lint free cloth should do.
(The impregnated ones can get pregnant)
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