Watching a VHS Tape using a RTL-SDR

Over on YouTube user DogsRNiceMineCraft has uploaded a video showing a VHS tape being played using an RTL-SDR. To do this he connected the RF out port on his VHS tape player by wrapping the RTL-SDR stock antenna cord around the RF out cable from the VCR. He then used the TV Sharp software to view the VHS tape.

The playback quality is very poor, but the concept works!

viewing a vhs tape on a computer using sdr

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Luke Hogan

If you plugged the RTL-SDR into the coax out port on the VCR, wouldn’t you be able to accomplish the same thing but in much better quality? I reckon that it wouldn’t require doing anything different on the software side.