I apologise in advance if this question has been asked before but I have received so much differing advice that my ability to understand it has gone into overload. All I want to do is to copy some family VHS tapes to DVDs, edit the rubbish from them and then make copies to give to my children while I am still able to. I have managed to get as far as recording some of the VHS tape to DVD discs by connecting a VHS player to a DVD recorder running through a TV. I tested the DVDs and they ran alright on the TV. I then placed the DVDs in the PC and all that showed was the one still picture that showed with the title page of the DVD when played on the TV. I placed my curser on the disc icon in My Computer, right clicked, selected, OPEN and there were two icons. The top one was Video_RM and the one underneath Video_TS . I double click on the Video_RM and three icons showed. Video_RM.BUP Video_RM.DAT VIDEO_RM.IFO I double clicked on Video _TS and seven icons showed. Video_TS.BUP Video_TS.IFO Video_TS.VOB VTS_01_0.BUP VTS_01_1.IFO VTS_01._1VOB VTS_01_2.VOB Even with my limited experience I recognised that this means that it is possible to access the files on the DVD and open them to show what I will refer to as the sub files such as the VOB ones played some of the VHS film. The others didnt but from there Im stuck. The original VHS tapes have a lot of rubbish such as an hour or so of film of a newly dug pond filling with water and an old wedding film has white flashes which I assume are frames with no film in them and it is this that I want to edit out. Having looked through various forums I believe rather than know that I need to alter the format or convert them from the format that the DVDs are in at the moment to something that will play on the PC before they can be edited or played on a PC and that can be done by ripping them. Having done that, I believe, rather than know, that I then need an editing package. I have been told that I need to rip the DVDs into, VOB files and save them into folders. Shrink the folders then convert the video and audio streams from the VOBs into AVIS then use a video editing program to edit the scenes then re-encode edited files and burn to blank DVD with freeware burning software. Please tell me that its not as complicated as that because I thought that all I needed was ripping software and editing software suitable for a novice. If I am right could someone please recommend what software I need.