Re: repairing videotapes

Brigid Duffy (
Thu, 6 Feb 2003 17:49:12 -0800 (PST)

If a videotape stretches, snaps or gets crumpled in "the brown part",
that's where the sound and image are recorded in a diagonal pattern.
Repairs in that area should only be done by a professional with appropriate
equipment and (hopefully) lots of experience. The safest thing you can do,
if you can't get a pro to repair the tape, is to buy a new one.

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

>On 2/6/03 4:09 PM "Mike Boedicker" <> sent this out:
>> Do you repair damaged videos or simply discard them? The two local places
>> that did our repairs (a photo store and a video rental store) stopped doing
>> it, so I bought a kit to do the job myself but frankly it sucks (both the
>> kit and the process). I'd be interested in hearing your policies re damaged
>> tapes. Thanks.
>> Mike
>In my regular life (before being laid off from being Director of
>Multimedia), we did repair tapes whose brown part had become separated from
>the leader, but we didn't undertake repairing the brown part itself. We
>always purchased a new replacement copy if circulation demanded it. In some
>cases we had multiple copies and the other copies were sufficient to pick up
>the slack for the damaged tape and so we wouldn't buy a replacement in that
>Bottom line was that I didn't want to jeopardize the schools' equipment with
>a splice on the brown part of the tape.
>Rick Faaberg