It is of vital importance to transfer VHS to DVD as quickly as possible. As VHS tapes age, they only get more and more unstable. First, you will notice the distortion at the top or bottom of the screen (commonly known as tracking errors). Eventually the sound will begin to acquire static and the on screen distortion will become worse. In the worst case scenario the tape itself will begin to stick and either not advance or tear when you attempt to play the video. By arranging for a transfer to DVD as soon as possible you will preserve the information on your VHS tapes before anything is permanently lost.
In the event your tape does tear, break, or come off the spool, Creative Visual Productions can repair your damaged tape and then transfer it to a digital file format or DVD. Usually in situations when the tape has a clean break you many only lose a second or two, but if the machine has eaten a tape and it becomes wrinkled you may lose 20 to 25 seconds. CVP will usually remove and repair the bad area. It is possible to leave the wrinkled damaged area but you will see very noticeable lines move throughout the picture. The cost of our videotape repair service is $25 a tape.
CVP offers the same service for audio cassettes. Usually in situations when the audio tape has a clean break you many only lose a second or two, but if the machine has eaten an audio cassette and it becomes wrinkled you may lose 15 to 20 seconds. CVP will usually remove and repair the bad area. It is possible to leave the wrinkled damaged area but you will hear very noticeable distortion in that area of the audio cassette. The cost of our audio cassette repair service is $20 a tape. It is recommended that CVP convert the tape to CD, .WAV, or .mp3 file.