Background: I have ~8 years of analog 8mm video to convert ~30 2hr tapes. I want to convert to DVD & vhs. I have an analog 8mm camcorder. I need to replace one of our PCs that have died prior to splurging on this. 1.2.3,4? (1) I've been looking at Pinnacle micro studio 8 or DV500 for a very long time. It never seems to get up on the priority list. And for every glowing review there seems to be a ton of people out there that can't get these cards to work well. If i went this direction I would have to be careful of my hardware choices & when I get around to buying the card during the summer there is no guarantee that it will work with my PC I purchased in March. (2) I've seen articles that recommend running analog 8mm passing through the DV camcorder or playing 8mm analog in Sony 8mm digital cams. Then passing the video to PC via firewire. http://www.vcdhelp.com/dvanalog This is appealing as it gets me a DV video cam & supposedly does the work of a conversion card! Circuit City has DCRTRV350 for $500 US. (3) Analog to DV -> firewire box review here Canopus ADVC-100 $269 US. http://www.camuser.co.uk/reviews/VideoEditing/Canopus/CanopusADVC-100.shtml (4) When I purchase my PC get a decent video card with video capture like ATI all in wonder. $125-$377 Thanks in advance for opinions and experience comments.