Re: your mail

Brigid Duffy (
Thu, 6 May 1999 13:11:25 -0700 (PDT)

Another reason splicing videotape is not a good idea is because the signal
is laid down in a heliacal pattern - a strongly diagonal track, back and
forth, across the length of the tape. A straight cut across the tape
disrupts several scans (pictures) and those jitters will never get better.
As another person already noted, the situation will only get worse.
We have one technician at our office who actually can properly splice
videotape, and having that tech is like having gold.

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

On Thu, 6 May 1999 wrote:

> Videolibbers:
> The last time I heard, it was considered a foolish and evil deed to
> splice the internal (i.e. not the leader portions, but the actual "movie
> section") of a videocassette. I keep getting requests from my libraries
> for information on splicing. Has the technology on either repair
> materials or video heads changed any in the last couple of years, so that
> internal repairs are now less dangerous? Anyone?
> Thanks in advance.
> B. Rhodes
> Audiovisual Consultant
> Northeast Texas Library System
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