Monday, August 29, 2011


In the aftermath of hurricanes and severe flood
ing; homeowners, businesses and 
archives frequently find video and audio tapes that have been exposed to water 
and debris. Unfortunately, it’s all too often assumed that these tapes are ruined 
and irreplaceable recordings are discarded when they could actually be saved.
For decades, magnetic tape disaster recovery experts have been developing and 
successfully applying techniques to restore tapes exposed to floods and other disasters 
to playable condition. No matter how damaged tapes that have been recovered from 
a flood or hurricane site may look, most wet tapes can now be saved and restored if 
they are treated properly.

Before deciding to discard your valuable recordings, it’s important to understand 
how water and debris actually affect magnetic tape and what actions should and 
should not be taken. The following are basic facts about wet tape, handling 
suggestions to help with recovery and contact information if you need to speak 
directly with a recovery expert.

You may well find that the tapes you thought were lost can actually be saved.

If your tapes have been in a flood, here are a few things you should know
 about their condition:

1) Short-term exposure to water does not destroy most magnetic tapes.
2) Most tapes recovered from floods can be restored if treated promptly.
3) Water, alone, cannot damage the magnetic recording on ferric oxide tapes.
4) Large to medium size tapes resist damage better than very small tapes.
5) Most older, analog tapes resist damage better than newer tapes marked MP or ME.

You should also know:
1) Tape cases and shippers are not watertight and do not protect tapes from floods.
2) The most damaging exposure involves salt water, sewage or chlorinated tap water.
3) Extended exposure to water can eventually destroy magnetic tapes.
4) Uneven drying or exposure to heat can cause tapes to deform.
5) Incomplete or partial drying can result in damaging fungal growth.

IMPORTANT: Most tapes recovered from flood sites are not destroyed by the 
flood exposure but by mishandling.
If your tapes have been in a flood and you want to save them, here are some 
things you can do (and some warnings about things you should not do):

1) Never attempt to play wet tapes. 
2) The sooner you do something, the more likely that your tapes can be saved. 

For more information call: 908-301-9300

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dan and his crew not only captured the energy and essence of our concerts, but was able to edit the footage PERFECTLY into a concise and powerful mini-documentary.

Digital Video Services
Mike of the Shabbatones from Scotch Plains

Dan and his professional crew of videographers filmed my band in action. We perform for the JCC day camp every Friday, for over 700 people each week. Dan and his crew not only captured the energy and essence of our concerts, but was able to edit the footage PERFECTLY into a concise and powerful mini-documentary. Whether it is your wedding, bar mitzvah, or business promotion-- I am confident in Dan's ability to understand your objectives, and create a video product that hits a home run every time!

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Back to School means Video/DVD Memories

This time of year is chock full of moments to remember. Summer is winding down. You probably took lots of video and photographs over the summer - at the beach, family reunions, pool parties and camping. Back to school activities are heating up. Your probably going to take lots of back to school photos and videos - new clothes, new friends, football games and cheerleading. Here are a few ideas of things we can do at Home Video Studio to help you preserve those moments as well as present them on a silver platter.Family Time Video: Why not spice up your videos with themes, titles and music? What if you took the best video from that family reunion and added titles showing who attended? How about editing that summer pool party with some fast cuts and great music? Your imagination is the limit to how you can creatively turn video into your own creation.
Photo Video Keepsake: This is still one our most popular services. Can you imagine the impact of a montage of photos and stirring music showing your daughter or grandson from birth to first day of school? How about a time capsule of school pictures?
Sports Highlight Video: Fast becoming a favorite! Back to school means lots of athletic competition. Now is the time to capture you son or daughter's games on video so that at the end of the year we can help you condense it into a fast paced video production. Music, slow motion, special're the producer!
Video to DVD Transfers: Bring us all videos you've shot over the summer - we'll transfer them to an Archival DVD for you. This will keep them safe and convenient. These DVDs are scratch resistant and will keep your memories for a lifetime. Every DVD has scene selection "smart chapter markers" so you can easily find your favorite spots.
Call us today, 908 301 9300, to see how we can help you with back to school video savings!
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