Tape Repair Service

It is of vital importance to transfer a VHS tape to DVD or a computer file format as soon as possible. As VHS tapes age, they only get more and more unstable. First, you will notice the distortion at the top or bottom of the screen (commonly known as tracking errors). Eventually the sound will begin to acquire static and the on screen distortion will become worse. 

Tape Repair Service

It is of vital importance to transfer a VHS tape to DVD or a computer file format as soon as possible. As VHS tapes age, they only get more and more unstable. First, you will notice the distortion at the top or bottom of the screen (commonly known as tracking errors). Eventually the sound will begin to acquire static and the on screen distortion will become worse. In the worst case scenario the tape itself will begin to stick and either not advance or tear when you attempt to play the video. By arranging for a transfer to a digital format as soon as possible you will preserve the information on your VHS tapes before anything is permanently lost.

In the event your tape does tear, break, or come off the spool, Digital Transfers Service can repair your damaged tape and then transfer it to a digital file format of your choice or DVD. Usually in situations when the tape has a clean break you many only lose a second or two, but if the machine has eaten a tape and it becomes wrinkled you may lose 20 to 25 seconds. DTS will usually remove and repair the bad area. It is possible to leave the wrinkled damaged area but you will see very noticeable lines move throughout the picture. The cost of our videotape repair service is $25 to $50 a tape.

In some instances when a tape sticks or mold growth prevents a tape from playing, the tape will need to be cleaned or baked to restore it to a state where it can once again be restored for proper playback. Over time, magnetic recording tape becomes unplayable because the binder used to adhere the magnetic material to the backing or a chemical added to the binder becomes unstable. Tapes in this condition will leave a gooey residue on the tape transport. This residue is comprised mostly of the magnetic material, and playing a tape in this condition will destroy the recording without accurately playing the recorded audio.

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There are many individual recipes for baking tapes. For the most part, they are all similar in their process in that they are used to dry the tape at low heat. Once a tape has been baked, it should be dubbed within 24 hours. In most cases it is possible to re-bake a tape as necessary to retrieve the audio, but this should not be a substitute for copying the material, preferably to a digital format that will preserve the audio in its highest possible quality.

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DTS also offers repair services for audio cassettes and reel to reel tapes. Usually in situations when the audio tape has a clean break you many only lose a second or two, but if the machine has eaten an audio cassette and it becomes wrinkled you may lose 15 to 20 seconds. Digital Transfers Service will usually remove and repair the bad area. It is possible to leave the wrinkled damaged area but you will hear very noticeable distortion in that area of the audio cassette. The cost of our audio cassette repair service is $20 to $40 a tape. It is recommended that DTS convert the tape to CD-R, .WAV, or .mp3 file. In some cases as with videotape, cleaning, de-molding and baking the audio tape is required.