Hello all, First time posting here, go easy on me. I've got two questions. I recently bought a VHS/DVD combo set (this one, if it matters) for my mom so we can start transferring some VHS tapes to DVDs for safekeeping. I'm using DVD-R format discs since that seems to be what this player calls for. It's a fairly straightforward process, so I don't have any questions right now about that, but I have noticed a problem: as I'm recording to DVD, sometimes it seems to "skip" or the picture bounces up and down a bit, gray lines go across the screen; I'm sure there's a term for that, but I don't know what it is. When that happens, the audio is also missing or somewhat muffled. It also seems to mostly happen at the beginning or toward the beginning of tapes, almost as if once the jumpiness/gray lines stop, then it's "settled down" and plays normally for the remainder. I tried to play one of the tapes in another VHS player and it didn't seem to happen, it's almost as if this only happens after I've started the recording process but it doesn't happen when you're simply viewing the VHS tape. I'm not one-hundred percent sure, though. Question 1: What's going on here? Is it the individual player? The tape? Settings on the player? I've recorded about 6 or so tapes by now, and it hasn't happened on all of them, so I'm not sure what to think. Question 2 is about ripping or copying the file from the DVD after it's been transferred and finalized. Is it possible to do this? I tried to play a couple of the DVDs on my computer and they play just fine, but I can't access the DVD to copy a specific file and I've tried to use a program to rip the file from it, but it either didn't work at all or it only copied a few seconds and then never continued for some reason. So for #2, how can I successfully copy/rip the file from these finalized DVDs? I'd like to do that just as another backup and for another way to view the footage. Thanks for any and all help, and if you need more information I'll try to provide it.