Originally Posted by billingw
I wish to buy a one-step VCR/DVD burner to copy the tapes onto DVD and then import them into imovie for final editing and burning.
You might want to consider that your image quality will take a double hit using the procedure you describe. When you dub VHS to DVD in the DVD recorder, you will compress the video data a lot in order to get it onto the DVD in MPEG-2 format. When you import it into iMovie, it will be converted into a different format for editing. Finally, when you burn a new DVD in iDVD, the video will be converted back to MPEG-2 and compressed heavily again
I've extracted video from DVDs and then used iMovie and iDVD to make new DVDs, mainly to add chapter marks where I prefer to have them. The final product isn't really bad, but there is nevertheless a noticeable difference in image quality, especially when there's a lot of motion or video noise in the original.
If this material is important to you, I recommend getting an analog-to-digital video converter that takes analog output from a VCR, digitizes it, and sends it directly to iMovie in DV stream format via Firewire. I've had a Canopus ADVC-100 for over four years and have been happy with it. There's a more recent model, the ADVC-110, which seems to run about $220-250. There are surely other similar units. You can also use a digital camcorder for this, in "pass-through" mode.