Have read many a thread, but do not seem to find an answer. (Found a lot of interesting stuff, but things also become more complicated, as would be for a newbee like me) My system should do the job, The avermedia EZmaker USB 2.0 should do the rendering, but it came with Ulead software (movie factory 2) which is useless because it's help file basically describes what you see on the screen. (like in "here you can select NTSC or PAL", but it does not at all explain what that is, and will not tell you why one should select one or another) In my search for all the correct settings, I now wonder about the best software in terms of picture quality. (If I read corectly there would only be 4 good programs to do the job-TMPGEnc, Mainconcept encoder, Canopus and Cinema Craft - meaning, Ulead, MGI, pinnacle, Nero etc, are not as good in terms of picture quality?) Other questions are: I want to transfer every tape onto a DVD as a sort of backup, and edit them at a later date; Is this a good idea or will it get me into trouble to edit at a later day? and in which format should I put them? And will I get same picture quality in direct to disc, or is it better to put video on harddisk first? Thanks for any reply.