Can I use a DVD recorder to convert analogue Video 8 to digital? Will it be as good as a Canopus 100 in converting the image? I have checked the archives and similar questions have arisen but the answer has been inconclusive. I have an old, battered Sony TR530E Video 8 camcorder. It has two phono plug outputs (black and yellow if it makes any difference). I want to get about 40 hours of tape onto DVD before it packs up. I dont want to edit them yet. I have a firewire iMac with Superdrive (DVD Burner) and was advised to get a Canopus 100 Analogue to Digital converter for £200. However last week my trusty VHS went on the blink and looking through the racks of DVD recorders on sale, I noticed they had connections for analogue input. The salesman said I could use it to connect to my camcorder. Is this the case? Would there be compatibility issues with either picture or audio (sync etc.) And what would the quality be like compared to the Canopus. The originals are not great but I want to prevent any additional degradation in image quality. Should I forget the Canopus and get a DVD recorder. Once the transfer of tapes has been made I would probably not use it again. I dont want to spend £200 unnecessarily; I would rather use the money to buy a DVD recorder with hard disk. Would this be false economy? Finally I have to say how glad I am to have found a forum like this. All the small electrical shops that used to have knowledgeable staff now seem to have closed and the kids at Currys, Dixons and the like only know about the stuff on their shelves, if they know anything at all. As my old analogue equipment packs up I can see myself referring to this site more and more frequently. Thanks in advance.