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CLenaing video tape

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by jamesfobert, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. jamesfobert

    jamesfobert
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    What are some practical ways I can clean a video cassette tape that has jumpy footage?
     
  2. infomatique

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    What do you mean by clean?

    I have a horrible feeling that your thought process will lead to grief.

    Please explain your actual problem and I will see if I can offer a solution (I was the Quality Manager in a tape manufacturing plant).
     
  3. jamesfobert

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    The tape is recorded in extended play, but for some reason it several times throughout the tape it jumps to the other recording speed for just an instant. The image and sound become distorted during that instant. There isn't any visual distortion in fastforward or rewind, just a speed change to adjust to whatever the current recording speed happens to be. Is there anyway to remedy this situation? I thought maybe insides were dirty, but i can think of anyway to clean it without ruining the footage
     
  4. infomatique

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    When you say "The Tape" do you mean that the problem is limited to one tape? If that is the case then I would be inclined to refrain from using the tape again.

    Unless you are using very poor quality tape with soft media it is unlikely that dirt or oxide deposit will be problem ... you could always purchase a head cleaning tape just to be sure (but to be honest i have never been very convinced about their performance).

    If all tapes are giving the same problem it is possible that your VCR might be developing a tracking problem and that it may be necessary to bring it to a service workshop.
     
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    infomatique/Anyone else,

    I've got some VHS tapes with some sort of mould or bacterial growth on them on them. What are my options for cleaning these ?

    Mike.
     
  6. infomatique

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    Don't waste your time ... dump them
     

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