Wow! Thanks Greg, that's a mouthful :)!
I just downloaded this file: dvdauthor-0.6.9-win32.rar from a US mirror. I'm just hoping you can verify I got the right thing -- wasn't expecting it to be freeware :). I found it here: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/dvdauthor-Download-31082.html
(WHOOPS!!! I just realized you gave a link for dvdauthor (actually "DVD Author 2.0"). Nope, not freeware. Still, if it works super well like you say, 89USD could be worth it.)
Should I be looking at Womble "MPEG Video Wizard DVD" (139USD), or just Womble "MPEG Video Wizard" (99USD)? I know you said the latter, but just wanted to make sure :). Too bad THAT isn't freeware :(.
I tried both LPCM and MPEG, but the LPCM sounds MUCH better -- as I expected. Takes a bigger slice out of the target DVD, but it's a much truer capture. I think I read the box supports DD2.0 encoding as well, but I doubt it's any improvement over MPEG.
I hit an A/V synch issue after chapter subdivision of a captured VHS tape, but I've only noticed it in that one place so far. The original MPEG2 file has perfect synchronism, so it's clearly ULead's fault. However, the other supplied program, Intervideo WinDVD Creator 2, is an A/V synch disaster, as well as having very clunky chapter breaks (very obvious during playback). I decided to use it only for capture (very flexible capture options), with the ULead for authoring.
My original thinking was to create MPEG2 files for input to ULead, but I gather DVD Author 2.0 would take material from the source DVD, merge it with MPEG material prepared by Womble and VOBEdit, perform the authoring, and finally burn the completed project. Do I interpret you correctly?
Thanks -- Trevor