Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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A few years ago, my JVC VHS-C camcorder started creating tapes with a couple of noise bars on them. Over the next few months, the number of bars continued to grow until the resulting playback through the viewfinder was quite unwatchable.
At about this point, I attempted to use manual tracking to correct the bars using various VCR's (and the camcorder itself) to no avail and realized I had a serious problem. I stopped using the camcorder.
Manual tracking will move the bars a little to reveal viewable content underneath, but the tracking controls will not move the bars out of view. While I cycle the tracking through its entire range, additional noise will appear from top to bottom and then disappear, but the original bars will remain.
These tapes contain some family memories I would really like to recover to a digital format and would be willing to commit some resources to get the job done. Are any of the following options I could reasonably pursue?
1. Find and purchase a VCR with greater tracking range
2. Tracking is not the issue, try this instead.
3. Digitize the bad video and clean it up in post-production (dubious)
4. Hire a professional to recover the video with advanced equipment/techniques.
Any recommendations or explanations will be greatly appreciated!