Thank you very much for your reply.
Originally Posted by jwillis84
If my Dad were alive today I would happily buy him a DVD recorder with an HDD hard drive and let him fill it up with hundreds and hundreds of hours of recordings.
Then I'd take the HDD out and connect it with Isobuster to my PC and copy his results off all at once.
Then return the hard drive to his recorder and let him continue until done.
I think his DVD recorder does have a hard drive, so something like that could be a possibility except that I live very, very far away from him, so it wouldn't be possible for me to empty and refill the DVD recorder hard drive.
(Because of forum permissions, I can't post a link, but I watched a YouTube video about using VirtualDub for capture whose address is "/watch?v=sn_TDa9zY1c". I think my father is capable of doing what's in that video, but I think he's just had his DVD recorder for a long time and is attached to it because he did a lot of research before buying it....)
If you don't mind, I have 2 follow-up questions:
(1) I am pretty sure my father is talking about a VHS analog output and DVD analog input for transfer. If he did that and made DVDs, could I copy the DVDs to my hard drive (as commenter "bryantc" recommends in the thread above) and manipulate them with something like VirutalDub in a similar way to using VirtualDub to capture a VHS analog output directly and end up with a roughly similar result?
(2) One thing that's going on is that my father lost some data from a bad external hard drive once, and he is now convinced that DVDs are a safer and more stable way to store video archives than hard drives. I don't see how this is even remotely possible since properly codec-compressed videos could easily be copied to multiple USB devices (not even to mention uploading to Internet-based storage). Do you think there is any validity to his perspective?