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  1. Member
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    My 9 year old accidently over wrote a VHS tape that I made many moons ago of my high school football career (With "That's so Raven"). Is it possible to save the original recording? Any help or ideas will be sincerly appreciated.

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  2. Always Watching guns1inger's Avatar
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    Take it down to Grissom at CSI. Realistically that is about your best hope. While it may be theoretically possible, I know of no such service available to us mere mortals.
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    If you have more tapes you want to protect, now would be a good time to break off the record tab on the back spline of the cassette.
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    I don't think it's even theoretically possible. I read about how some old recording sessions of Elvis at Sun Records were lost forever because the tapes were re-used. Given how magnetic tape works, I don't think it's possible to recover the original program, but if it was, it would probably cost you a LOT of money, like over $1000 to do it.

    You definitely need to break the record tab off the cassettes like mstone321 says and consider transferring what you've got to DVD while you can. VHS tapes won't last forever and the longer you wait, the more likely they are to degrade or have other accidents happen to them.
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    No, sorry.
    Break the write tabs off all your tapes.
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  6. well, what if it was the fact that 'we' do break that taps off, but someone sticks on a strip of celotape to record on the tape again?
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  7. Originally Posted by Undead Sega
    well, what if it was the fact that 'we' do break that taps off, but someone sticks on a strip of celotape to record on the tape again?
    Break off the tabs and then hide all of the tape


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    As other mention tear off tab, No way to save it........
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    Originally Posted by Undead Sega
    well, what if it was the fact that 'we' do break that taps off, but someone sticks on a strip of celotape to record on the tape again?
    Well if your 9 year old is smart enough to take your vhs tape and put tape over it to record, it's time to put the fear of god into them or put your tapes in a vault
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    Originally Posted by Undead Sega
    well, what if it was the fact that 'we' do break that taps off, but someone sticks on a strip of celotape to record on the tape again?
    Then the next step is to break all the fingers off...
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    Then the next step is to break all the fingers off...
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    A less violent approach might be to try and find any origonals you used to make the video and contact any old friends who also had copies. Then you could all meet up and watch it.
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    man..if coach would've put you in..you would've gone to state...no doubt in my mind.
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    I know the CIA & FBI have forensics equipment that can extract residual video data from an erased/overwritten tape, but I suspect that any such recovered video would (at best) be barely good enough to convey the original content's information, and would be almost completely unwatchable as video per se. In other words, if you were videotaped murdering someone, erased the tape, and recorded a TV show over it, they MIGHT be able to go over it with a custom read head & DSPs to recover the video signal of you murdering someone by having the DSPs look for subtle variances in the new signal (kind of like looking for a watermark). But like I said, the best they could probably end up with would be something like a shadowy Y-Cr channel, with less contrast, that kind of looked like one blurry shadow doing something to another blurry shadow.

    If it were merely erased, or something equally stupid were done (like recording a blue screen or color bars over it instead of a live TV program), they could probably extract a lot more (since the subtle variances from "100% blank" tape would stand out more against the new signal), but it would still be a major reach. And unfortunately, the last time I checked, the FBI & CIA don't do video recovery on the side to supplement their annual budgets
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