If you don't mind spending a few bucks then you can do what I do. I place my older VHS tapes (some 20 years old) in a VHS player that has an S-Video out connector. I then connect the S-Video and analog audio outputs to the S-Video and audio input on my Canopus ADVC-110, which is an Analog to Digital Converter. I then use a 6 pin to 6 pin firewire cable to an empty firewire input on the back of my computer (if your computer does not have a firewire input, you can purchase a pci firewire card for under $20.00). I use the 6 Pin to 6 Pin cable because when you use it, you do not need a power supply for the Canopus ADVC-110. The 6 pin firewire cable gets it's power directly from your system to operate it's firewire port.
When you connect the firewire from the Canopus to the firewire port on your computer you (if using Windows xP) will get a dialogue box asking which software you would like to use to capture with. I have found that the easiest one to use is Windows Movie Maker 2.1. If it isn't already on your computer (it was on mine by default) you can download it here: (it is free):
To take a look at the Canopus ADVC-110 check it out here:
as you will probably note, if you buy direct from Canopus they want and arm and a leg for it. I found mine at:
For: $269.99 instead of the $319.00 that Canopus sells it for.
Once you have captured the video as an .AVI file you can then use any software you like to edit and then burn the video to a DVD.
If you have any specific questions you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org