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Possible to connect a VCR to an HTPC to watch VHS tapes on Windows Media?

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I have some old VHS tapes that I'd like to watch on my PC (I don't want to record or rip them, just watch them). Would it be possible to do something like that through Windows Media Center, with some sort of cabling?
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Assuming those are home videos and don't have Macrovision protection, you'd need an analog to digital capture card to connect your VCR to the PC. That said, it's better to just record the VHS to your PC for future archival.
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I used a PCI Analog Video Capture card to hook my VCR to my Computer to be able to watch cable in college and record when I wanted to.

it was very finicky to get setup, but eventually I used some software that worked and it was like using any other tuner card.

they offer them in USB form like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815153019 or PCI as well.

Good luck

-Doober
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