Re: splicing videos

Brigid Duffy (
Wed, 26 Jun 2002 13:37:24 -0700 (PDT)

Splicing videotape with cellophane tape is NOT RECOMMENDED UNDER ANY

Signal on videocassettes is laid down in a heliacal scan - meaning it's in
a long, skinny diagonal line on the tape (no, you can't see it; we're
talking electrons here). If the tape breaks anywhere there is signal, you
won't be able to reallign the track without special equipment and a
practiced hand. I've seen splices done by an experienced professional, and
even those aren't so great.

The biggest hazard is that you could easily get adhesive from the
cellophane tape on the front (read) side of the videotape, which in turn
will clog and/or damage the video head. You could destroy the tape and the
machine, too.

You might get away with tape at the very beginning or the very end of the
tape, as that section does not contact the video head in the vcr, but the
adhesive on the cellophane tape will decay over time, and your problems
begin again...

You can only make another copy of a videotape if you have copyright
permission from the copyright holder. That's the law.

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200

>We do our repairs ourselves, and actually just use scotch tape. We then
>make a
>duplicate of the original tape, to keep on hand in case the repaired one
>at an inopportune time. (Not sure about the legality of this.) I also try to
>buy a replacement if possible. There haven't been any problems with it so
>far. I prefer the scissors and scotch tape method to any slicing kit. I find
>it's just as easy, and definitely cheaper!
>Mike Boedicker wrote:
>> Is it safe to splice videocassettes? A local video store fixes our broken
>> videos if the break is at the very beginning or end and the tape can be
>> reinserted back on to the reel. Since using their services we haven't had a
>> tape break in the middle. I recall reading somewhere that splicing anywhere
>> but the very beginning or end can screw up VCR heads. Any truth to this?
>> And if it's safe to splice tapes, can anyone recommend a good kit? Thanks.
>> Mike
>> Mike Boedicker
>> Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
>> Danville Public Library
>> 319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
>> (217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230
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