The average video tape is 15-20 years old. Since it was recorded, the colors and exposure have deteriorated and there is more video noise (white snowy speckles) then there was originally. That why you remember the video looking better than it does now.
Our broadcast restoration machines will correct the color and exposure as much as possible and will reduce the amount of video noise on the tape. In addition, these broadcast machines can correct tape tacking/rolling issues in most cases.
Below, we are showing the difference between the original video and the video after restoration. The SD process does not include restoration and will produce video that looks like the original tape. The Pro SD/Pro HD process include color/exposure restoration and tracking/rolling correction. What we are using below is video tapes in average condition so you can get an honest idea of what to expect.
*Quality of restoration is dependent upon condition of existing videotape; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods.