Not much. Looked at the specs and I did not see any provision for DV output. Which means to me you are still feeding an analogue (analog) video signal to your TV, VCR, PC or DVD burner.
Since my last posting in this forum, I have burned a number of DVDs originating with a PAL VHS tape and ending up with an NTSC DVD. Here is typical disc info that AnyDVD software shows for one I did recently.
Summary for drive E: (AnyDVD 22.214.171.124)
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-K16RA 1.16 05/08/25PIONEER
Drive (Hardware) Region: 2
Media is a DVD.
Booktype: dvd+r (version 1), Layers: 1
Total size: 1900560 sectors (3712 MBytes)
Video DVD (or CD) label: The Field
Media is not CSS protected.
Video Standard: NTSC
Media is region free.
RCE protection not found.
Structural copy protection not found.
Autorun not found on Video DVD.
Bad sector protection not found.
Emulating RPC-2 drive with region 1!
For viewing, the disc is played in my Pioneer HD Upconvert DVD player and viewed on a Sony NTSC XBR TV. In reality, using the Pioneer DVD player, it does not matter whether the final disc is NTSC or PAL, as the player is ALL region.
I am still building the PC by the way. I am currently using an ACER Aspire 1640 laptop with an exterenal 500GB drive for raw data storage via a USB connection which contributes toi the long burn time. The new PC should reduce this significantly. I can also burn dual layer DVDs to accomodate a 2 hour VHS tape. Thats up to 8GB of "real" Digital video.
The AGW1 VCR was purchased on eBay for around $200, and the Laird AV/DV convertor was just a little under $400. If you buy one, make sure you get the one which will process NTSC and PAL AV/DV conversion. Some models will, and some won't. Check the front view picture and look for a toggle switch next to the power switch. If anyone needs a picture, post a message here with your e-mail address.