Essentially, I want to copy my VHS tapes directly on to a rewritable disc. Stick the disc in my PC and carry out any editing. Then burn the finished video to DVDR.
My first attempt at direct dubbing from VHS tape to DVD +RW simply didn't work. The VHS was 2:30 long so I set up the recording bit rate accordingly. The Sony automatically inserts chapters at either 5 or 15 minute intervals. I selected 15 mins. At the end of the recording session I tried to play the disc in both the Sony recored and my PC. In both machines, the video hung after the third or forth chapter, crashing both machines. :a
Sony helpline eventually recognised the problem and said that I would need a firmware upgrade and to take it to a service centre. That's where it is right now, but the service engineer didn't hold out a lot of hope saying that Sony had released this model too early and that it was riddled with bugs.
I hope to get the machine back in the next couple of days to try it thouroughly before the 16 day "no quibbles" money back offer from Argos (UK) runs out.