This isn't documented in the JVC GR-D290 manual but this camcorder also supports pass-through ie. you can transfer a VHS tape from a VCR directly to a PC through the camcorder. 1. Don't put a tape in the camcorder, make sure camcorder is OFF. 2. Connect the AV cable to the camcorder and VCR. Note: You'll need a switchable SCART adaptor because the camcorder comes with an "output only" SCART adaptor. 3. Connect the firewire (DV) cable to the PC first and then the other end to the camcorder. 4. Power the camcorder with the ac adapter and not the battery. 5. Switch the camcorder on to PLAY position. 6. In the camcorder's menu set S/AV INPUT to A/V IN. 7. Start software eg. Movie Maker, play VHS tape in VCR and you should see it in the preview screen. The camcorder controls in Movie Maker will be greyed out because there's no tape to control. 8. Start capture..... Stop capture I've tested it using Windows Movie Maker in Windows XP and you can see the VHS video being played in the preview screen. This means you can capture whatever is playing on the preview screen.