On the combo units I have seen, you can go out from the Dvd player, but you can't go in. Of course there might be some out there with outputs & inputs, but I haven't seen them. Why I like the unit I am using is if you want it can be all in one, capture, clip etc & burn. I don't do that, but with the software provided it's possible. On the capture side, I am in control, I just get the VCR set up to where I want to capture & let it go. If I want I can stop it after the credits or if I forget & let it go too far, I can clip the end of what I don't need.