I'm brand new to this stuff and I know the general subject of getting around Macrovision when copying VHS to DVD has been addressed ad nauseum, but I'm hoping I can get a little expert advice specific to my equipment & situation. I recently bought a Sony RA710G desktop. I'm using the included software (Click To DVD) for transferring tapes to DVD. When I tried to capture my tape of Ed Wood, I got an error message along the lines of "This tape is copy protected - cannot capture". Everything I've read online about people having trouble with Macrovision describes the cruddy things it does to the picture. I haven't seen any mention of cases where the capture device just folded it's arms and said "screw you", like mine essentially is doing. I've seen that the most commonly suggested solution is a Stabilizer. But this suggestion is usually accompanied by descriptions of how the stabilizer will smooth out the picture noise or eliminate the color/brightness drop-outs that Macrovision causes. So my question is, since my system is obviously detecting the Macrovision and stopping the operation as a result, will a stabilizer still correct the problem? Also, one side question: will a stabilizer really do anything to improve the picture on a non-encoded tape? I want to know whether the thing will be of any use with home-recorded tapes, even I plunk down the ching and find out it's not doing squat for the copy-protection b.s.