Just thinking outside the box here, but as I said above, this is what I'm using now.http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5027235
I paid $40.00 for it.
SV2000 WV10D6 DVD recorder. The picture quality is better than what I can get with a computer.
There are probably better models out there.
You can record from your camcorder, or VCR, directly to the recorder.
(according to the manual) Haven't tried it yet, but I plan to.
Right now I'm recording shows off my Dish Network system.
The quality is good.
The downside is the edit features are limited. But if you just want to preserve your home movies from your camcorder, or record shows off the TV. VCR, IMO this is the way to go.
Here is a review at videohelp.http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers/sv2000-wv10d6/7842
I haven't had any problems with it yet.
Something to consider if you can't get the quality from your computer.