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.