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Can I Salvage This Broken Videotape?

by | Aug 18, 2016

Broken Videotape

I’ve Got a Broken Videotape. What Next?

You’ve got the old videotapes. But after years of being stored in the basement, they are starting to show signs of wear and tear. Damaged videotapes are often salvageable. So how can you tell if these old tapes, filled with precious family memories, can be saved? Read on to learn about the most common types of damage and why it’s important to digitize these old videotapes before it’s too late.

What’s Your Damage?

Even when the worst occurs, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your videotape is beyond repair. Disc Hounds knows how to spot various types of damage. The most common types of videotape destruction occur in the following forms:

  • Flood and water damage.
  • Mold and mildew.
  • Dust and dirt.
  • Smoke, fire, and excessive heat.
  • Physical damage to the cartridge and tape.

The Types of Videotapes We Fix

Disc Hounds can salvage several kinds of videotapes. Besides VHS (the most popular videotape), we service VHS-C, Super VHS, 8mm, Hi-8mm, Beta, MiniDV, and even reel-to-reel tapes. Our experts are knowledgeable about safely transferring your memories from damaged videotapes to updated digital formats. 

Act Soon

When it comes to preserving your old-school videotapes, time is of the essence. If you have managed to keep them safe this long, it’s a major feat. But we’ve seen many instances in which people have waited too long to digitize their videotapes and have lost years of footage due to improper storage, flooding, and other unfortunate circumstances. The sooner you restore and transfer your old video footage, the safer they are for years of enjoyment.

Let’s Talk

Give us a call at 610-696-8668 to discuss your options. The professionals at Disc Hounds can help you decipher which tapes can be salvaged. We can even do some repairs in order to ensure a successful digital transfer. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Enjoy your memories–with the convenience of modern technologies—now!