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    Need URGENT help - Nativity Play + snapped MiniDV cassette = very unhappy Wife!

    HI folks - really need to find someone who can repair a broken MiniDV tape

    Today was our son's first nativity and we decided to record it using a Canon MV500i Camcorder

    We used a brand new Panasonic DVC 90min tape and all went well with the recording..
    Got home and got ready to copy it to the PC when disaster struck!!

    Whilst rewinding the tape it errored telling me to remove the cassette.. only to find it severly chewed up
    We very carefully rewound the cassette to the beginning and started the download but within a minute it errored again and prompted us to remove the tape again.

    In doing so we found it even more tangled and after moving it on a fraction we found that instead of being its usual flat 1cm wdth it was about 1mm wide and promptly snapped!! Noooooo!

    Gutted is an understatement at the moment as the school had also told all the parents we were reccording it - really didnt want them to say that in case this happened!!

    So...

    Is there anyone - pref within Manchester area - than can resurrect this tape or is it a dead duck

    To make it even worse, because it was being video'd - we have no pictures of our own

    Please - HELP!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    witch, i think you should have watched the full video first

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    Ok, so the end of that clip is total fail but the start it right, take it apart and go old school film edit on it, cut the damaged portion out, splice it together or respool it from just after the damaged bit. Put the tape back together carefully manually wound to just after the damaged section and then put it in a trusted player and play/record it out. Do not fast foward/rewind as it will just put more force on the tape and probably break the splice. Try to use latex gloves or at the least clean hands when handling the tape itself so as not get grease up the surface with nasty acidic people oil.

    Step 2: Buy HDD or solid state camera for next year at least you don't have to recover footage off a mini DVD-RW, that it a total nightmare if the camera itself won't even read it.
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    Sorry, I got distracted before I could post that I realised the end was joke - but the method up until then was the clearest I could find. And it does work - I have spliced many a tape

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