[QUOTE=ripit;2178991]IT doesn’t matter how you hook it up or what playback device you use, the toshiba (or any dvd recorder) will convet the video to mpeg2 (the standard format for dvd which is a digital format). You do not need an analog to digital converter. Dvd is a digital only format. Certain types of conections support higher resolution but that might not really matter as you are using old low resolution formats. As a general rule, I try to use the best possible conection avalable on both devices. Composite (yellow rca conector) is the lowest, then s-video, then component (red, green and yellow rca conectors). firewire and hdmi are digital signals. If you are using firewire or hdmi, your playback device is converting it to digital before sending the signal. If you use analog like composite or svideo, then the dvd recorder is converting it. Reguardless of what you use or which device converts video, the dvd recorder will convert whatever format you use into an mpeg 2 file.
I’m not really sure what brands of dvd recorder are good, though I seem to recall many buying liteons. You can find user opinions on various dvd recorders here
There doesn’t seem to be any on that particualr toshiba though. If no one else responds about it, I would try googleing “DR560 1080p review” and or read reviews on newegg (only 3 reviews of this one but its something).
Thanks! I believe that thoroughly answers my questions. Thanks as well for the urls. That comparison page is really helpful, even though the model I’m interested isn’t on there. I should’ve known that newegg would have that model. For anyone else interested… I did read some really good reviews about the Toshiba DR560 1080p here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001415ENM?smid=A1J7WSBJHTGUFA&tag=cnet-ce-mp-20&linkCode=asn
It sounds very reliable & affordable. If anyone else has any thoughts please let me know. I’m still not sure what to use as far as VHS playback. Another thread here on this site suggested JVC for playback of VHS tapes. I’m not sure which model yet, but there seems to be a plentiful supply of JVC players, since the format is almost defunct. If anyone has any suggestions, recommendations, or ideas, please let me know, thanks!