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Vhs SP tapes

SP tapes approx. 5+ yrs old. played twice. These are all store bought pre-recorded tapes. Played tapes about 5 yrs ago and tapes were fine. Went to play in the last month and the tapes play about 5 min and then the picture starts to slightly distort and rainbow colored lines appear across part of the picture and the sound starts to slightly garble. We tried the tapes on 2 different VCR players and it happened on both machines, so that ruled out a machine problem.
All of our EP tapes dating back 10 years play perfectly fine.
What is the problem??

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  • sue92644 May 09, 2009

    All my tapes are stored the same. All on their end. The machine I used 5 years ago is the same machine I used recently and also a brand new machine which resulted in the same outcome. How come all my EP tapes are fine and just the SP tapes are doing this. It's just store bought movies (SP) that are doing this. I have 496 VHS tapes that I bought and taped over 1500 movies myself (EP) and they go back 10 years and they still play fine, but were kept just as the SP tapes, in box and on end. It's true we moved to Florida 2 years ago but if the SP tapes are damaged then why aren't all the tapes damaged. We use central air when it gets too hot.

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    Hello again pgh pa guy,
    The TV is the same as 5 years ago. It is a Sony with a 5 yr. warrantee. So it's a good machine. There is also a lesser TV in the home when we moved to FL.
    The thing that stumps me is that a few of our EP movies are starting to have wavy lines when played on our new Sony SLV-D380P DVD/VCR player set. and will play fine on our older (5yr)
    Panasonic VCR/DVD player. But the SP tapes react the same on either TV or VCR sets. I never taped any SP home movies. And when a tape is affected you can hear the sort of spinning noise of the tape rotating in the machine.
    We remember when we moved here to FL the tapes were packed in a rental truck for around a week. It was winter time in Florida but there were still some warmer days.
    Maybe it is the humidity and heat. But why will some of my EP tapes play fine on one VCR and have wavy lines on the other VCR?
    I'm stumped.

  • sue92644 May 10, 2009

    Hello again pgh pa guy,
    The TV is the same as 5 years ago. It is a Sony with a 5 yr. warrantee. So it's a good machine. There is also a lesser TV in the home when we moved to FL.
    The thing that stumps me is that a few of our EP movies are starting to have wavy lines when played on our new Sony SLV-D380P DVD/VCR player set. and will play fine on our older (5yr)
    Panasonic VCR/DVD player. But the SP tapes react the same on either TV or VCR sets. I never taped any SP home movies. And when a tape is affected you can hear the sort of spinning noise of the tape rotating in the machine.
    We remember when we moved here to FL the tapes were packed in a rental truck for around a week. It was winter time in Florida but there were still some warmer days.
    Maybe it is the humidity and heat. But why will some of my EP tapes play fine on one VCR and have wavy lines on the other VCR?
    I'm stumped.

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It sounds like the tapes may be physically damaged, wrinkled or creased. This may have been done when they were played in whatever machine you used 5 years ago. Tapes can also be damaged in storage by heat or humidity. Tapes should also be stored on end in their boxes, not flat. If these tapes were stored flat, the bottom edge might have gotten wrinkled. This can damage the control track and cause playback issues.

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  • May 10, 2009

    I'll admit you've stumped me. Since this happens on a couple of different players I have to stick with the tapes being responsible, but you've avoided the usual things that would have damaged them.

    Do you have any home-made SP tapes to try? If so, do you have the same problem with playback? Also, are the commercial tapes you're having trouble with copy-protected? It may not say on the packaging, but if they are DIsney tapes they certainly are, and many other companies protected their releases as well. Finally, are you playing these back on the same set as before, or do you have a new TV? I'd be curious to know if the tapes would play properly on another TV. You may have a set that isn't able to deal with copy-protection. The manufacturers claimed their systems wouldn't affect normal playback, but I used to frequently see picture problems when I was a TV tech on the road. The sound was never affected, though.


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