Are Your Video Tapes Showing Signs of Mould
VHS Video Tape Mould is a real problem. In fact all tapes including VHS, Beta, Hi-8 and audio cassette tapes can quickly suffer damage from mould growing on the surface and edges of the tapes. If your tapes look chalky it’s time to get a transfer to digital done before it’s too late.
VHS Video Tape Mould and Deterioration is all Too Common
VHS tapes can start to deteriorate depending on the climate and the conditions of how the tapes are stored. We have seen many tapes in reasonable condition but far too many VHS tapes we see from our clients come to us with obvious signs of wear and tear and even mold growing on the VHS tapes. The mould looks a little like a white chalky powder and grows over time. The major problem with this is that it starts to dramatically affect the quality of the audio and video signal of the VHS tape and leads to picture dropouts and audio pops and dropouts too, making the video almost unviewable.
VHS Video Tape Mould and Damage Remedies
If VHS tapes or any other tapes for that matter are brought into us for transfer to DVD or digital forms, we always check the tapes and we will give you an evaluation of the tapes’ condition before the transfer process begins. Any tapes showing signs of mould are carefully cleaned by hand using a specially prosess to clean both sides of the tape, hubs and tape mechanisms to ensure the best video and audio quality for your transfer, prices start at £15 for this service,
Generally not recommended for do it yourself (DIY)
With most molds the problem for humans mainly arises with allergies/sensitivities, and for gear it is the damage they can do inside the machine. Playing moldy tape can give a new crop of mold a head start in the machine, and will foul heads, guides, and other parts. It will facilitate propagation/migration to "infect" other tapes.