Hmmm... IMHO using GVG hardware to process VHS home movies is a wee bit of overkill. A bit like chartering a jet to get across town.
When it became clear that the last high quality VHS deck would fall off the assembly soon, I picked up a top-of-the-line prosumer VCR to use for archival purposes. I looked for the following features:
- "4 head" design to get the best off-the-tape signal at all speeds.
- True S-VHS recorder that plays S-VHS recordings at full S-VHS quality and a video signal path that far exceeds standard VHS standards for best playback quality.
- Support for all 4 VHS HQ modes.
- Built-in full frame TBC with digital picture correction and full sync regeneration.
The idea here is to get the best possible video from the tape as early as possible, then re-clock the analog output for the best possible sampling consistency to the computer. Using an internal TBC or an external one that slaves the input sampler to the head drum (rare on VHS decks) works best.
I have a selection of video capture devices to choose from. IME even the cheap ones are fine for regular VHS. As long as you can save uncompressed or DV video files for times when you want to edit the content. internal cards or IEEE-1394 boxes are preferable to USB. An old DV camcorder with line in jacks for audio and video, and IEEE-1394 output can make a good capture device. They can convert to DV format in real time too! Likewise, a card with a hardware MPEG-2 encoder is great for saving movies and other stuff you don't need to edit.
All of the above is what you want to see in a shop that you pay to transfer your video tapes if you want a quality transfer. If you have a serviceable VCR, and a capture device or DV camcorder at home, you might want to try your hand at it before you spend the dough. Don't forget that for the cost of transferring one VHS movie to DVD-ROM, you may be able to pick up the DVD of the same film in the bargain bin or used.
I would avoid getting an all-in-one VCP/DVD recorder. Most are of poor quality, and the really good ones are still consumer products that are least likely to defeat Macrovision. Remember that if you bought the tape, you're entitled to back it up. That means you're entitled to defeat Macrovision.