@ durkinjt , Just to make it clear.
You will need to use the software you already used to go from a VHS tape to your hard drive as an Mpeg2 . (If you get better results by doing it as Mpeg4 that will work too.)
If the Mpeg2 plays OK on your computer just use it.
AvstoDVD is just used to convert the Mpeg2 to a DVD compliant folder & file set.
You can use it's "Menu" function or not as you like.
This is the Guide Kerry56 posted:
I usually read the file like your Mpeg2 with Media info & match the audio as close as possible . Meaning if the audio of the Mpeg2 is at a low bitrate your not going to improve it by using a much larger one in AVStoDVD. Same the other way around. If the audio is a high bitrate you don't want to use a lower one.
On your VHS player not working "properly" . It won't hurt it to use a head cleaner .
I find that is rarely the problem.
Adjust the "tracking" as best as you can. Disable "autotracking" if possible (unless it works better ) .
The problem on an older VHS player is usually the "driving drum or cylinder".
This is just from wear . Not much to do about it . Unless you can find a new replacement & good luck with that.
What usually helps is :
1. Play the VHS tape several times before trying to copy it.
Most VHS tapes are "Old & sticky" from not being played in a long time.
2. When you rewind or fast forward . Stop the tape before it gets to the end.
In other words don't let it "Hard stop" either direction.
3. The extra playing also helps loosen up the VHS player .Since most are not used regularly either.
I hope some of that helps.