The interface apparatus couples a video recording device to the parallel data channel of a computer system and also to the computer video output circuitry, so that both digital information (such as computer programs or data files) and analog information (such as video signals for displaying on a television monitor) may be stored on the same video recording medium. The apparatus permits storage of both digital information and human readable information in a convenient back-to-back relationship. The interface permits the computer video monitor to directly display stored or live video broadcasts, without computer intervention. The invention allows the display of graphic, photographic and motion picture information in analog format thereby eliminating information lost through digitizing. An automatic search mode permits the computer to direct the video recording device to search for a predetermined location on the recording medium at high speed without human intervention. The computer is capable of controlling the video recording device by means of the remote control port of the video recorder.