I am seriously considering buying a Panasonic ES45V vhs/dvd recorder from Radio Shack for $299. Their model number is VMI-ES45V, which I assume is the same as any ES45V Panasonic. Am I Correct? I know it can be had cheaper, but I like the RS service arrangement whereby, if a problem arises, I can take it back to any of their stores for service. No need to pack it and ship it back to Panasonic. And for an extra $50, I can extend the warranty to a full three years.
My question, since I've never done any dubbing before from VHS to DVD is this: If I want to dub a movie with commercials to a dvd, deleting the commercials, how easily and successfully can that be done on this unit? Can I divide the movie when dubbing from VHS to a scene menu of the sort you find on commercial DVD's? I can, if necessary, just buy a new VHS and dub directly to my computer hard drive, editing and burning it to a dvd afterwards, but that seems to involve about twice the work and to put extra wear and tear on my hard drive. Is my thinking correct and reasonable?
Any advice will be appreciated, including any other brand or models that will do what I want to do and might be considered easier to use or more reliable. I've been seeing some horror stories about Sony units, for example. What about JVC's?
Thanks in advance to any help you can offer me.