Fire or Heat Damaged Video Tape Repair Services

Fire Damaged VHS Tape
$34.50 per tape all fire or heat exposure damage
VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, miniDV and miniDV HD - anything and everything that's wrong with your tape is covered, please visit our FAQ page for details regarding the repair process for 8mm, Hi8 and Digital8 tapes. Discount pricing is available.

The most important part of any videotape is the black magnetic material
Videotape cassettes can endure a great deal of heat exposure before being damaged beyond repair, and even we are surprised from time to time to successfully restore a tape or a melted mass of many tapes lumped together that looked hopeless during the initial assessment. As long as the magnetic material did not reach its melting point there's a very high chance that the footage can be recovered.

Each tape that has been exposed to fire or heat must be individually assessed
Unfortunately there are still limits to what can be recoverable and if the mylar surface of a tape gets hot enough it will warp permanently, causing unavoidable interference during playback. That said, even if your cassette looks terrible we still recommend that you send it in; if it can't be repaired and restored there will not be any charge to you.

Discount pricing
The repair process for tapes that have been exposed to fire or heat is slow and gentle in order to increase the chances that footage can be recovered; working with tapes in batches is more efficient so if you send more than ten tapes at a time the repair charge is discounted to $29.50 per tape. You will see a prompt when you place an order to make sure the discount applies to the repair work for the tapes you want to send in.