Transfer VHS tapes to your computer

Learn how to digitally record old analog VHS home movies onto your computer using one simple cable and some free time.

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Unlike your old vinyl record collection , those VHS tapes you stored away in the back of your closet aren't going to see a resurgence in popularity. There are no videophiles extolling the superior experience and fidelity of these analog tapes. No, VHS is a dying medium that fully deserves to be put in its grave.

But before your tapes turn to goop or VCRs become as rare as eight-track players, let's take a moment to archive any sentimental home movies you still have on tape. Honestly, those really should be the only VHS tapes you're still holding on to. Whatever horrible '80s sitcom you taped religiously has since been reissued in crisp digital detail, so don't waste your time (or possibly break the law) by recording it to your computer.

In this CNET How To video, and in the gallery below, I'll walk you through the process of transferring those VHS home movies over to your computer using a simple, relatively inexpensive method.

Disclaimer: CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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