I want to convert VHS video to DVD. The ADVC-55 is attractive, self-powered through the Firewire, compact, portable. I have been unable to find any technical reviews of this converter. It is hard for me to determine what I lose with the -55 over the excellently reviewed and thought of ADVC-100 which is only $40 more. Anyone have any information? I will use the converter with a laptop, but portability would be a plus, not a need. Thanks, anyone who can help.