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Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby picolo » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:38 pm

Hi
Does anyone know a preferably UK based reputable company repairing dv tapes or should I try doing it myself?
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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby sidd finch » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:42 pm

If you can provide some additional detail of the issues it might help to better understand what you are trying to accomplish.

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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby Steve Grisetti » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:09 pm

Are the tapes just snapped or is there more that needs fixed?
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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby picolo » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:56 am

Hi guys
The tape has been mangled and twisted, a small portion of the tape needs to be cut out and a spliced joint put in. It's a video of our wedding and I don't want to ruin it all together
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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:24 am

I've fixed broken tapes with very small piece of scotch tape -- though I'm sure there is a better solution.

In any event, you do want to get that tape dubbed to a DVD as soon as possible. You may be able to find an online service that will do both for you.
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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby Peru » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:56 am

I can't speak for their reputability, but I found a few here:
https://www.google.com/search?q=UK+base ... e&ie=UTF-8
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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby Chuck Engels » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:15 am

This is a pretty good tutorial if you want to try it yourself, you can do it :)

There are two parts...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kqhyRbYG9c[/youtube]
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Re: Repairing my dv tapes

Postby picolo » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:17 am

Great link Chuck I'm going to have a go! I have 50 - 60 dv tapes Steve and I take your point I'll work my way through transferring them to disc. Thank you everyone for your contributions really appreciated
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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby sidd finch » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:28 am

I have 50 - 60 dv tapes Steve and I take your point I'll work my way through transferring them to disc.


With the price of Hard drives lowering I would suggest that you pick up an SSD (solid state Hard Drive) and put your files on there instead of a DVD for storage. I think that the SSD drive is a bit more stable in the long term than a DVD as well as the time factor to burm multiple DVD's from each tape. Also once the files are on the SSD you can generate multiple DVD's and or re edit footage from the drive from a centralized location.

The PC industry seems to be moving away from including DVD drives on computers and I think the SSD drive might be more manageable in the long term. HD footage from a Mini DV tape is approx 13GB per hour of tape. So you are looking at about 780GB of storage for 60 tapes

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Re: Repairing mine dv tapes

Postby Peru » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:02 pm

sidd finch wrote: I would suggest that you pick up an SSD (solid state Hard Drive) and put your files on there instead of a DVD for storage.
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Just make sure to power up the drive occasionally, as SSD drives can lose their data if left unpowered for long periods of time (one to two years).

EDIT: I suppose that it's not much different from mechanical drives, as they could fail if not used occasionally, too.
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