I bought a Panasonic E80H and I *love* it. My wife and I have been archiving our VHS tapes for a couple of weeks and this thing works great. It's also perfect for archiving saved shows off our Sony DirectTiVo.
Inevitably, however, we've come across several VHS tapes that our family members want copies of. Inevitably, they tell us this after we've burned the DVD and erased it from the hard drive. Family stuff, weddings, ad nausea. Problem is, I don't want to archive all this stuff onto -RAM, I'd rather just burn it to a DVD-R, plus I don't have enough drive space to keep 20 years of memories forever. I'd certainly ahte to have to re-input the tapes back onto the E80 just to make a copy for Aunt Mabel. I've want to copy the tapes and burn 'em to -R so I can go on to the next one, otherwise I'll be tracking down and querying relatives for years waiting to remove them from the hard drive.
So, how do I go about copying of the DVD-Rs that I created using the E80H?
Unfortunately, the -80 won't allow recopying back onto the hard drive for burning another one, so that option is out. Again, I don't want to spend money on -RAMs, so that option is out. However, I do have a home computer with an external FireWire DVD-R burner (Pioneer A-03). Surely there exists some software that will allow me to rip or copy my personal non-copy-protected DVD-Rs losslessly from the internal DVD reader drive to my FireWire DVD-R burner on my PC? Alternatively, how about some software that allows me to rip to the hard drive and then burn to the DVD-R?
Suggestions, comments, references, experiences appreciated!