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Must know what you are doing
on October 26, 2012
The included software loaded slowly, but works OK. A little slow, but I guess that's to impel one to buy the upgraded software.
To hook up to a VCR, you'll need a patch cord between the VCR and included cords. The cords in the box are female, and so are the jacks on the VCR, so you'll need three male patch cords (two audio, one video).
I am a novice when it comes to converting VHS to DVD, so it would be nice if the free software came with a help file. I have had zero luck after two attempts of actually writing a DVD that can be read by my DVD player. The final step of writing to the DVD never completes, even after waiting 7 hours to write a 16-minute long video.
Pros: easy (but slow) installation of software; low cost
Cons: need patch cords; no help file in software; very slow writing of DVD.
December 10 update: I was finally able to make a straight copy from VHS to DVD fairly reliably. I copied about 15 hours of video, and the program failed only once. A "straight copy" means no editing of the file to add graphics or title cards. I never was able to make the editor work. Oh, well, at least my precious videos are now on DVD.
FYI: I was able to copy one of hour of VHS recording onto one DVD.