From time to time, I get calls from customers who have a videotape that’s broken. Either the tape has come off the spool, snapped, got folded over or torn, or the plastic case got smashed. The tape usually contains precious family memories of the kids when they were young or a family gathering. The old VHS machine stopped working and got thrown out way back. The customer would love to get the contents of the tape put on DVD. Unfortunately I don’t do tape repair. But after a long search, I came across a company that does.
Pacific Video Repair is located on the west coast of the USA. They charge $35 US per tape plus return shipping. What they fix:
VHS, 8mm, Hi8, VHS-C, Digital8, miniDV and miniDV HDV tapes
Broken or damaged shells
Tangled, snarled, or damaged sections of tape
Tape that has snapped apart or come off the reel
Cassettes that won’t play, or get ejected by a VCR
Cassettes that are in pieces
Cassettes that are missing pieces
Tapes that are moldy
Flood/water damaged tapes
Tapes that have been exposed to humidity
Fire/Heat damaged tapes
Sound is heard, but there is no picture
For an additional charge, they will transfer the contents of the tape to DVD for you. It’s not cheap, but if you really want to salvage that old videotape, this might be an option to explore.