Originally Posted by Kelson
If the workflow you have established works for an HDTV recording it will work for a VHS capture. The issue is not the source of the video but the compatibility of the Toshiba's recorded file formats with your PC software.
This is an area where you and I have a history of polite disagreement.
My experience with ripping DVDs to mpg files is that it works perfectly, as you describe, only
if the source material for the DVDs was off-air TV or cable/satellite decoder box. Any mpgs I've ripped from DVDs comprised of dubbed material look like crap: horrendous horizontal artifacts that look like bad interlacing. Whether that is due to my specific DVD recorders manner of dubbing, I don't know, all I can say is dubs ripped from their DVDs to mpg files are unwatchable (while the original DVDs play fine).
VHS in particular has proven time and again to be a problematic source to digitize, among a wide range of AVS contributors. The best results seem to come from not half-assing it with the intermediate ripping step: either use a DVD recorder alone to make the final archive DVDs, or do everything from initial VHS capture to editing to authoring on a PC. As with all things AVS, "YMMV".