Considering that my first attempt to respond resulted in my scribing going into the great internet abyss of WTF-ery, I apologize if this is less thought out than that thing that vanished due to time-out error or whatever it is called. (I got an error claiming that I was not signed in, but without signing in I could not write my masterpiece of posting... ah-hah! Logic... a person's worst friend.)
I appreciate the kindly response and the help.
This is a long and winding exposition... (any admin. problems; my apologies)
My line of reasoning before hitting a snag and bothering to ask the Mighty Smart People was to purchase a tuner/converter - such as the cheap (apx. $50) Kworld USB 2.0 Tv Tuner Adapter (mail-in rebate somewhere) - and then run that into a PC with a burner - such as the INOi DW560U-1600; cheap and versatile external one (I can't see myself taking apart either our bottom-of-the-line Dell or the older PC we have) - so that I can still transfer my VHS' over and use it to burn files to store on DVD's, which have more space on them than my older PC's hard drive.
There were/are, however, copious problems with this, as a tuner/adapter might: not be recognized as an input, present compression and other a/v quality related problems (though it states 720 x 480 resolution), present tuning and video signal input incompatabilities, alterations to pedestal, iris, hue, saturation levels might be different in conversion, etc. ... then there's the problem with the input from the tuner/adapter, perhaps, needing to go through a computer and all the video/graphics problems that might arise due to the complete lack of bells-n-whistles on my PC.
Of course, as with 99.5% of things in life, I could be wrong and maybe an analog signal can just be input to a computer through a RCA/etc.-to-USB adapter. Honestly I do not know.
Maybe there's a cheap and versatile DVD burner that will take an input directly as a "live-feed" and I won't need to worry about running it through a computer? ...Maybe this poorly hatched plan will work with other hardware?
Anyways... that was how I thought it through and if this type of option (or exact option; it would be less than $150) still exists I'd prefer it to other routes for now as I do not have $200+ to spend now and video/audio quality is more important to me than a bunch of extra features or writing speeds (for now anyways) with a burner/recorder.
I guess I'm just restating the question in like terms.
I don't know all that much about this stuff and I apologize if asking this here is inappropriate, and if it is, I would appreciate being pointed in the general direction of a location where I could pester lonely souls with dumb questions about such information as I really should start working on understanding this information.