The RTI scanner and cleaner is a machine that can clean videotapes &
check them for defects (visual or audio) and tell you what point on the
tape it occurs. Then you can take a look yourself and see how bad it is.
It saves lots of time.
The web page for this product is
Someone recently posted here (I think) that he preferred another brand,
but I forget what it is.
HKUST Library Media Resources & Microforms
On Wed, 12 Apr 2000, margit j. smith wrote:
> Could you please explain what an RTI cleaner and scanner is? Thank you.
> Margit J. Smith
> Victoria Caplan wrote:
> > We use our RTI cleaner and scanner to check for all defects when we
> > pre-prpcess (before we send to cataloging).
> > - Victoria Caplan
> > HKUST Library Media Resources & Microforms
> > On Tue, 11 Apr 2000 Socr4US@aol.com wrote:
> > > Every VHS video (and, every copy) is previewed before cataloguing to make
> > > sure that the item is not defective. I personally have previewed every
> > > non-theatrical video in our collection (I've had this job 11 years now), We
> > > have more than 6000 titles and more than 8,000 copies. We have run into
> > > videos with audio and no video, video with no audio, broken shells and gates,
> > > blank video (2 from A&E) and videos that had no English audio dub that was
> > > supposed to have. We learned early on that some of the vendors would not
> > > accept returns for exchange if the items had our labels and other identifying
> > > materials on them when returned. If you and/or your staff have the time, I
> > > strongly recommend that VHS items should be closely physically examined and
> > > previewed before cataloguing.
> > >
> > > We also carry DVD, music CD and cassettes and books on tape and CD. None of
> > > these items are previewed. However, we do closely examine them for physical
> > > defects for easier exchange if necessary.
> > >
> > > Good luck with your collection.
> > >
> > > Manager, AV Services
> > > Morrisson-Reeves Library
> > > Richmond, IN
> > >
> Margit J. Smith, Asst. Prof.
> Head of Technical Services
> Copley Library
> University of San Diego
> 5998 Alcala Park
> San Diego, CA 92110-2492