Hi, im just wondering if many people actually do this and what their picture quality is like as a result. I've been messing around with it and had a lot of episodes of a TV show on the HDD. Some recorded in SP, some in ESP..probably some in LSP too actually. Anyway..I didnt have the DVDs available to start dubbing them all to disc, and with them being in various formats it would've been a mess on anyway, and you cant get that many on when they're DVD format either. So I thought i'd try dubbing them to a re-writable a few at a time, then ripping them off there and converting them into avi files in the process. As it turns out, this leaves me with, at times, a pretty shocking picture. Like this one for example, not zoomed in or anything, just cropped: Im just wondering if this is just the way the DVD recorder does its recording? In such a way that results in a bad picture if converted to any other format? Or do you think it might be the software I use to rip? Im sure I had no problem when using an old panasonic DVD recorder a couple of years ago, when I copied a wedding video from a camera, to a DVD..ripped the DVD to an avi so I could then edit it in movie maker. The pic quality was never that bad. Any ideas?