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Hi Peter,
My company owns an incubator that goes to 0.1 of the C degree - not a
kitchen oven. I am not sure what it is in F degree but this
microprocessor controlled incubator is as safe as I could do. I am
planning on expanding our incubation capacity x 4 as more and more tapes
just keep rolling in.

Joav Shdema
Producer/Engineer
Joav Shdema Inc.
dB Recording Studios Inc.
 www.joavshdema.com


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If done properly, baking can be safely done to videotapes.  There are
always cautions about any procedure but there is no documented,
laboratory evidence of re-dimensioning/tensilization-related damage done
to tapes by baking at reasonable temperatures with reasonable controls.
That said, we have "baking" equipment that is stable to 1/2 of a degree
and prefer to call the method we use "incubation".  If you bake at the
wrong temperature, in a commercial home oven, a microwave or a
jury-rigged mechanism without good temperature control, you can damage
the tape.