Posted 21 February 2011 - 08:42 AM
I prefer the standalone, I've used Virtualdub (Free) to capture from VCR, but IMHO, the quality is way better with the standalone. I find that after I copy the VHS to the DVD, I can rip the DVD to the PC, and edit the MPEG-2, AC3, (.VOB's) with little loss in quality, using free tools such as Projectx, Vobmerge, Mpeg2schnitt, Avidemux, mpeg2cut, etc. DVDauthorgui, Dvdstyler, Muxman, etc to burn it back to DVD.
The only drawback for me is that it records audio as AC3 instead of PCM, and 4/3 aspect ratio. A good Blu-Ray player will up- convert so that the 4/3 DAR isn't a problem.
If you're concerned about AC3, You could always record the audio from the VCR audio out, directly to the PC using Audacity, so you get a .wav file, (instead of AC3) then muxing the standalones video with the .wav file. I've done this a few times, and it works well.
The very best way, IMHO is by using the Hauppauge 1212 HD PVR, to capture from the VCR to PC. But you need a fast computer.