OK, I bought myself a Christmas/New Year/birthday present - I upgraded my burner from CD-RW to the latest and greatest DVD burner and I bought an analog input converter (Pinnacle with Studio 10, for those interested) to convert some of my VHS and 8mm tapes. I tried it out today and it seems to be working OK and it is not that hard to use. The hookup (for converter) is easy, but it requires annoyingly too much stuff in registration process compared to other plug-and-play gadgets (i.e. you must register it, you cannot just ignore registration window and you have to go to their website to get some features unlocked). I'll share more of my adventures with it when I actually get something done in it.