This is my first posting, so please be gentle with me. Firstly, I'm looking to transfer some old VHS tapes to DVD. The majority will be straight copies, but I would also like the option of importing the footage into my PC for editing, refining and then authoring with a lot more features (menus etc). OK, having read a fair amount of articles and opinions, I am considering the purchase of a DVD Recorder as I believe it would remove some of the time-heavy encoding which would be required if I imported the raw footage into my PC. So, I would have a two-tiered approach, like this: Straight Copies: VHS to DVD Recorder - create DVD Advanced Copies: VHS to DVD Recorder to create DVD Import DVD footage into PC Edit, refine and re-author new DVD from imported DVD. I have a not-very-young PC with a DV500 capture card and I'm running Premiere, obviously I would need to invest in some additional hardware etc. I would appreciate any advice on whether this sounds realistic? And also which DVD Recorder would be best? My budget is pretty tight, I would like to do this on an entry level for starters, I could always upgrade at a later stage. I also need a new cheap VHS machine (any recommendations?). I would want the DVD-Recorder to produce DVDs which could be played in most players etc. As an additional issue, I'm thinking of buying a new Digital 8 camcorder, as my old Hi8 one is broken and I would also like to stick some old Hi8 and Video 8 footage onto DVD.