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I have about 500 LDs. My Philips LD player does not play side B automatically, I have to flip them. I also have a Pio DVDR with a HDD, and use this to transfer. I have used the S-Vid out for transfers, and all have looked quite good. Some of my projects have involved transferring animation, and other shorts. Recording to HDD first lets me divide them into titles, and select thumbnails for each. I can re-order them if I want. I can also place chapter stops where I like. Some of my LDs have still photo archives. Most of these will let me play them at 1/32 speed, so the DVDR can capture them easily, without me having to step through each, frame by frame.
My advice is to only transfer things that aren't out on DVD, or older, no longer available versions. At least start with that sort of stuff. Also, cartoons look about as good on LD as they do on DVD. I am planning to transfer all my LD sets of Golden Age of Looney Tunes to DVD, but put everything in chronological order, by release date. That's going to be a lot of work!
If there are some high energy films, with heavy soundtracks, you have on LD, check to see if a DVD is available cheaply. It seems that most things have on LD are either not available on DVD, or marked down cheap.