One caveat here - the RTI scanner detects physical defects, not =
technical ones such as missing or warped audio segments, missing video =
segments, the wrong program on the tape, etc. On our new acquisitions, =
we have experienced more problems with technical defects than with =
physical ones. The physical problems occur when faculty take the tapes =
home or to class where they are played in machines that have had very =
little, if any, maintenance.
Gail B. Fedak
Instructional Media Resources
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
From: Victoria Caplan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: RTI TapeChek ( was Previewing question)
>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 =
>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 =
>> 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 =
>> > > sure that the item is not defective. I personally have previewed =
>> > > 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 =
>> > > 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 =
>> > > supposed to have. We learned early on that some of the vendors =
>> > > accept returns for exchange if the items had our labels and other =
>> > > materials on them when returned. If you and/or your staff have =
the time, I
>> > > strongly recommend that VHS items should be closely physically =
>> > > 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 =
>> > > 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
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