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Can You Watch VHS Tapes on Your PC?

By Katy Sommerfield

VHS tapes were one of the best parts of growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s. All you had to do was pop a tape into your VCR with a satisfying click and your favorite Disney film or home movie would start playing. 

Many VHS tape collections today consist of home movies, irreplaceable memories that are locked inside VHS tapes with no way of playing them except with a VCR. These days, most of us no longer have VCRs at home, but a lot of folks have held onto their old VHS tapes.

So how can you watch your most special home videos without a VCR? Can you view them from a computer?
Well, the short answer is no. There is no simple way of popping a VHS tape into a computer to watch its contents. The only way to watch a VHS tape on a computer is through digitization


Digitization is the conversion of analog media, such as VHS tapes, into digital media. There are a couple of ways to digitize VHS tapes, but the best way by far is to send VHS tapes into a professional digitization service like KODAK Digitizing Box. At-home digitization is time-consuming and can be rather expensive due to the conversion equipment and software you must purchase. KODAK's digitization packages are simple and affordable, and we make it easy for you to send in your VHS tapes through free shipping and handling. Our customer service representatives are available all day by phone or email, ready for your questions or concerns. Our professional digitization experts will take care of your precious memories on VHS and hand-digitize them for the best possible outcome.

So while, no, you can’t insert a VHS tape into your computer, you absolutely can watch a VHS tape on your computer after it has been digitized through a digitization service.

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