Does anyone else think there are rather a lot of tape dropouts on DVDs?This is one instance from the Network release of Lady Killers, first series.
Looking at the size of them I think most are due to half inch tapes. We were warned about the metal formulation tape coatings on these 25 years ago and the half inch format makes them worse too
I have many VHS tapes dating back to 1980. I have been transferring some lately and it's rare to see a drop out. Lately I have seen more on commercial DVDs. Bizarre to say the least when one considers that these are now the broadcast masters. I don't think the future is all that rosy for many of the archives that have transferred onto and continue to reply on this type of tape.
And this isn't a criticism of Network. They have to work with what is available and a full restoration won't be practical for titles that don't sell in huge numbers.
Post by Peter Stirling on Dec 8, 2018 14:57:19 GMT
i think the maligned and mocked(in the past) VHS format has proved what an enduring format it is...and although it certainly will not win any prizes in definition in very busy scenes,when you have nothing from other stuck or degraded pro formats (as well as the one time darling of the domestic format- Betamax ) VHS just goes in the machine and gets on with job.