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Old June 22nd, 2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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1989 VHS-C, some loss data. Anyway to recover?

I have a VHS-C from 1989, some of the video was playable and looks fine, so I was able to transfer that. However parts of it are ONLY audio, with a Blue screen.

I have tried 2 different players. Are there more professional players out there that could possibly playback and recover what is there?
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 08:01 PM   #2
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Re: 1989 VHS-C, some loss data. Anyway to recover?

VHS-C is simply a VHS tape in a compact shell -- the recording is in everyway a VHS recording. I used to have an adapter shell you could place the VHS-C tape in, then place the shell in any VHS player ...

So yes, there are better VHS players. Typically they have wider heads and can't read an EP/SLP recording, they are SP only. They usually have a wider tracking range, and maybe better abilities to lock to off-speed tapes. Perhaps a TBC built in.

So if you have a conversion shell, take the tape & shell to a production house with VHS capability. If you don't have the shell, you may have to call around to find a facility that does -- or one that has a high-end deck that can take the VHS-C shell directly.

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Old June 22nd, 2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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Re: 1989 VHS-C, some loss data. Anyway to recover?

You might look for someone with one of the famous JVC BR-S22DXU series decks... these were serious PRO SVHS broadcast decks (that can playback vhs SP only) AND had a dual loading mechanism to handle VHS or S-VHS-C tapes....without any adapter... What you probably need is the 525-DXU model which has variable tracking for slow motion....
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Re: 1989 VHS-C, some loss data. Anyway to recover?

You may find that an even older VHS player with VHS-C adaptor may "hang on" past the point where the newer players drop out to a blue screen, otherwise its the excellent JVC VHS/SVHS/DV decks which may be your saviour. Model HR-DVS1 is one such. You may be better off with the deck capturing via the <- dub arrangement but taking the signal to your computer via firewire rather than tyrying to dub to the DV deck on this dual recorder.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: 1989 VHS-C, some loss data. Anyway to recover?

Try looking for an older JVC professional deck with a built in time base corrector.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #6
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Re: 1989 VHS-C, some loss data. Anyway to recover?

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VHS-C is simply a VHS tape in a compact shell -- the recording is in everyway a VHS recording. I used to have an adapter shell you could place the VHS-C tape in, then place the shell in any VHS player ...

So yes, there are better VHS players. Typically they have wider heads and can't read an EP/SLP recording, they are SP only. They usually have a wider tracking range, and maybe better abilities to lock to off-speed tapes. Perhaps a TBC built in.

So if you have a conversion shell, take the tape & shell to a production house with VHS capability. If you don't have the shell, you may have to call around to find a facility that does -- or one that has a high-end deck that can take the VHS-C shell directly.

Cheers,
GB

The adapter shell that you place in the VHSC tape in is what I have used. But I noticed on a couple of the tapes I lost tracking at the end and ended up with some terrible tracking lines (snow) through the video.
Is that because of the adapter or I suspect, because something is wrong with the tracking on the tapes?
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