Our VHS Restoration Services

VHS tape restoration, or analog tape restoration, is both an art and a science. The Video Forensic Expert team has performed thousands of analog tape restoration assignments, utilizing a multi-step restoration and recovery process is based on four decades of experience. We have the knowledge and skill to restore your VHS and other analog video recordings as much as scientifically possible.

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HOW ANALOG AND VHS TAPES BECOME DAMAGED

Analog and other VHS recordings may deteriorate when improperly stored. Additionally, they may be exposed to excessive wear from years of playback. For a nominal fee, we will examine your VHS tape in our professional lab to determine recovery and restoration potential.

VHS cassette tapes may encounter excessive heat or moisture when improperly stored, which negatively affects the tape and its playback. Our analog VHS tape restoration services are used to preserve cherished memories recorded in analog formats, such as VHS tape. 

Professional Restoration

When stored safely and properly, the expected shelf life of analog videotape is approximately 25 years. Many, if not all, of the damage can be fixed and content can be restored to its original quality.

Incorrectly stored VHS tapes may not track correctly on the average consumer’s VHS player. Our professional-grade VHS playback equipment has the capability to adjust tracking so the surface of the tape accurately aligns with the tape heads. This improves the playback of the tape and often allows us to recover video content that was once lost.

In extreme cases, we may need to repair the physical condition of the tape. The VHS reels may not turn smoothly, reducing playback accuracy when transferring.

The image to the right shows a VHS tape that has been severely damaged due to improper storage. And as a result, it has lost its oxidized protective coating.

Video Forensic Expert's Restoration Process

We frequently perform a preliminary analysis of the VHS tape(s) to ensure we can meet our client’s expectations. This step also ensures we provide an accurate cost estimate for VHS restoration to DVD and recovery services. 

Forensic video enhancement is the process of clarifying events using non-destructive techniques in order to preserve video evidence integrity and pixel quality. Clarifying or enhancing the events as they occurred assists the Trier or Fact to make determinations about the events.

We use tools and training from four decades of experience to forensically restore analog tape. This forensic process preserves the integrity of the video conversion in order to successfully restore your recordings. 

VHS RESTORATION METHODS

OUTPUT FORMAT & MASTERING

We offer mastering to the following formats:

VHS Video Restoration Samples

We have successfully restored the following formats:

IF YOU HAVE A RECORDING THAT YOU QUESTION OR NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A PRO BONO CONSULTATION.