Hi all, I have vhs, beta and svhs home videos that I want to first archive to dvd, then edit. I also have 8mm movies which I put on beta, one more wrong choice in my electronic life. The easiest way for me to convert tapes to dvd is to plug a tape machine into the front jacks of my Panasonic DMR-E217 Dvd Recorder and push record. After it is finalized it gives me a DVD disk that will play in any machine or computer. I see that the recorder will record on almost any format DVD. I bought Cyberlink Power Director v.5 which I think is a difficult program to use and doesn't do what I would like. I also have a program called Xilisoft DVD ripper platinum. Neither program seem to be useful to get where I want to go. I would like to edit and duplicate home movies to dvd on my computer. I tried to use Sonic dvd copy. It seems to be doing the right thing then, 10 minutes in it says disk copy failed, please put in a new disk and try again.
It doesn't sound like much to ask for does it.
I have a Dell Centrino duo laptop with 1 gig ram Windows XP also, a Compaq desktop with a 320hd. I see there are a number of DVD copy programs out there mostly oriented toward commercial movies which I don't care about.