EXPERT VHS RESTORATION SERVICES
VHS tape restoration, or analog tape restoration, is both an art and a science. The Video Forensic Expert team performs recovery and restoration of cassette tapes that. VHS fire recovery or VHS flood recovery services can assist in tapes that would otherwise lost. We have the knowledge and skill to recover, restore your digitize your VHS and other analog video recordings using our forensic tools and methodology.
HOW ANALOG AND VHS TAPES BECOME DETERIORATE?
When stored safely and properly, the expected shelf life of analog videotape is approximately 25 years. Additionally, they may be exposed to excessive wear from years of playback. We also perform VHS fire recovery and VHS flood recovery services. For a nominal fee, we will examine your VHS tape in our restoration lab to determine recovery and restoration potential. 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.
TYPES OF VHS RECOVERY & RESTORATION
VHS FLOOD RECOVERY
Were your tapes stored in a basement/lower level to a home or business that was a victim of sewage backup or flooding? Our team can restore the tape by properly drying, cleaning and optimize tracking of the film for visual and audible restoration!
VHS FIRE RECOVERY
VHS casette tapes can withstand some of the heat from a fire. In some cases, the exterior of the cassette may be the only part of the tape that sustained any damage. We have the ability to extract the film reels from the tape and transfer, realign and recover the film. However, if the film itself is melted, the sucess of the recovery will be limited.
VHS cassette tapes may encounter excessive heat or moisture when improperly stored, which negatively affects the tape and its playback. 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.
VHS 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 Video Restoration Samples
Often, tracking is the issue here. When you understand that the audio track and video playback area of a ½” VHS tape are on the same surface if one plays the other should too. To solve this problem, we have several VHS and other analogue playback equipment we use to determine the best playback for recovery and restoration. These decks have various tracking adjustments, sharpening features and gen lock features that solve this problem. Many other VHS transfer services do not know how VHS tape operates. After 37 years, we know what it takes to recover your VHS recordings.
We often clean and recover tapes that have been improperly stored for many years. We do our best and accept tapes with mold for recovery and restoration. We clean and analyze your VHS tape first before beginning any transfer and restoration services.
A tape has to play back with the tape completely flat against the tape head. If the tape is curved or warped, it must be fixed in order to properly playback across the tape heads. For example, if you placed a piece of paper on a copy machine and made a copy, it would look good because its flat (assuming the copy machine is working properly). If you lit part of the paper original slightly, that portion of the original would copy blurry or out of focus. The same is true when playing back VHS and other analogue tape. It must properly track against the playback heads to be properly restored.
It is a huge asset if you have the equipment that made the recording. We welcome you to send that along with the tape and we will do everything possible to recover your video recordings.
Yes, we can recover any format of analogue tape including Betamax and Beta SP. Yes, we provide multi tape discounts. Ask us about when filling out our contact form.
Yes, if you can provide as much detail about the recording like wedding ceremony is first, party is second, then we can look for the part you want and ignore the remainder of the tape.
We apologize but we can not recover or restore any copywritten materials in which you do not have proof of ownership of the recordings.