We were always cautioned against baking video tapes. I have recently run
against an audio Umatic master, PCM701 encoded that does not run
whatever I do to it. I have a Sony Umatic unit and the PCM701 and since
I have both master cassette and the original production copy I'll try to
bake the copy and see if it runs... BTW, it's a Sony cassette.
Joav Shdema Inc.
dB Recording Studios Inc.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] F1 difficulties
I baked a bunch of 1/2 open reel EIAJ videotapes from the early 1970s
with a lot of success. They would otherwise not have played at all
because of SSS. Two of them I re-transferred approx. 2 years later. I
had to bake them again and I was still able to play them back. 2 hours
in a food dehydrator were enough for our tapes. I think these were
mostly Sony reels. We had some BASF that squealed and gave off a white
residue. Baking didn't help those.
I have bunch of Ampex vhs tapes from the early 80s that will not rewind
at all, but they are not gumming up the mechanics in the vcr. So I am
not sure if i should bake these or not. Maybe just re-housing them would
If people request dvd copies of our material we use stand-alone
panasonic dvd recorders with success. I copy the footage onto the
onboard harddrives and then do minimal editing and then burn them onto
Once the dvd is finalized i make a copy of it with our computer dvd
burner for our Archives
Hope this helps!
Notre Dame Archives
Quoting [log in to unmask]:
> In a message dated 2/3/2006 3:43:47 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes: There have been lots of reports about
> SSS from videotape in 3/4" sizes. I wouldn't be surprised if you had
> it. After all, it's Ampex! (sigh).
> On the AMIA list, Jim Lindner has cautioned us against baking
> anything, but especially videotapes. He has good reasons for it,
> including the possibility of the tape deforming and/or snapping back
> to an earlier geometry prior to tensilization. I hope I'm quoting him
> well in this brief summary.
> Jim got his start restoring 1/2" EIAJ videotapes, including Andy
> Warhol's as I understand it. I have a lot of respect for him. Jim
> Wheeler, a videotape engineer from Ampex is also on the AMIA List.
> I think joining and asking your question on AMIA-L would be a good
> source of information.
> I haven't had SSS on some of the first Sony Umatic or TDK VHS
> cassettes ever sold, though wear or loss of lubricant may be a
> problem. However some recent VHS tapes have shown SSS-like problems in
> high humidity.
> I have a number of back-coated 1/2" reel-to-reel videotapes that
> definitely show SSS. It is disappointing to learn that baking might
> not work on them.
> I've tried on a couple of occasions to join the AMIA-L list, both via
> email and from the web page, without success.
> I'm looking for a practical (cheap & quick) way to transfer various
> video formats to DVD for very small quantity distribution (1 or 2 at a
> time), with minimal video editing. Any sources for practical
> experience with this would be welcome.
> Mike Csontos
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