MadMind wrote:"If you transfer two hours of VHS to a DVD it can result in a significant loss of quality unless you have a high quality MPEG-2 encoder or use methods that encode the video at "half resolution." The normal DVD video resolution is 720x480 for NTSC, but some encoders and DVD authoring programs allow you to use 352x480 resolution. When you convert VHS to DVD this smaller resolution can still deliver very good results at the low data rates (bitrates) required to fit two or more hours of video on one DVD, especially if you use an analog-to-MPEG2 encoder or a standalone VHS to DVD recorder that bypasses the analog-to-DV step."
Man, in ENGLISH please!
And in what universe is transferring video at half resolution not losing quality?
This is going to be on the encoding/burning end of your project. Once you have the video transferred to your computer, you will be able to try all kinds of crazy things to maximize the use of the burned DVDs.
I would aim to capture max resolution from your tapes to digital media (ie: your hard drive), and then from there you can transfer it to whatever media of your choice.
The hard part is getting it from your VHS tape onto your hard drive. Once that is done, you can start playing with quality options on your burned DVD materials.
Solve one problem at a time - or solve as few problems at a time as you can. Once it's on the computer, you can do just about anything with it - and DVDs are cheap, so you will have all kinds of opportunity for trial and error - find a method you like, and then stick with it.
Getting it recorded to your computer with a decent quality is going to be by far the hardest problem to solve.
Very few things worth doing right are easy to do.
Just generally I'd be looking to other forums online to find people who have needed to solve the problems you have and have tried different solutions. The advice you're getting here (mine included) doesn't seem to really match up exactly, so you'll just keep getting more frustrated.
We're trying to help, but it doesn't seem like anyone here has really tackled this problem - or at least not succesfully.