Re: damaged videos

Kathleen Fitzhugh (
Mon, 6 Nov 1995 10:54:37 -0800 (PST)

Hi Ellen; a possible culprit may be a sensitizing/desensitizing machine
used for tattletapes. Perhaps Circulation staff are running the tapes
through one of these devices. I ran a test tape through one once and
the video ended up looking much like what you describe.

Kathleen Fitzhugh
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library - UC Berkeley

On Mon, 6 Nov 1995, Druda wrote:

> Hi Tara and friends!
> I have a question for you. Have you had any experience with getting
> videos damaged in a most peculiar way? Specifically, I have been getting
> videos back from patrons that drop to black in a random pattern: short
> little intervals, than a bit of the movie, then a period of black again,
> all different lengths. The tape itself does not appear physically
> damaged. And it has video in fast forward. The audio speed is affected
> too - it goes fast and slow in spots as well. I don't think it is 3-M
> type damage because it is not in any pattern. It almost looks as if it
> were being hit by a modulated electro-magnetic source while in play!
> Any clues?
> Ellen Druda
> Half Hollow Hills Library
> Dix Hills, NY