Re:How do I record a VHS tape onto a DVD recorder?
I hate to be Mr. Wet Blanket, but you'll have to ask yourself: Is it worth it?
I was gung-ho on the VHS/Hi8-to-DVD bandwagon last year and made many DVDs which turned out great. As far as new "home movies" and slide shows to edit and send to people on DVD go, it is worthwhile, as long as they have newer machines that will play your DVD.
As far as putting all your movies already on VHS tape onto DVDs goes, personally, I think it's a waste of time and effort EXCEPT where the tape is falling apart and a new one is not available.
A 120-minute tape will hold 6 hours of movies at nice quality recorded at 3x. To put those onto DVD at about the same quality (it'll never get better), you'll need a DVD disk for every 2 hours, or 3 disks. So there is no space saved, and the cost for disks and the time involved will probably make the whole operation seem ridiculous.
My advice is to leave movies on tape as they are if they still look good. For special movies, import them directly from your TV tuner to your PC, then edit out the commercials and burn to disk.
I realize that this doesn't answer your question (I see that many already have), but after doing a few, I believe you'll see what I mean.
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