In short, yes, you hook up the Canopus box to a normal video with a special SCART lead and hook the Canopus box into the firewire port. I took this option because my soundcard has a firewire port spare, so rather than get a card that was rooted in the machine I opted for the flexibility of an external box. You can read a very good review here:http://www.simplydv.co.uk/advc100.htmlThere
may have been new entries in this market since I looked into it so it'd be worth having a look at the site as a whole to see what's what. Note that this box takes an analogue signal and converts it into Digital Video or DV, which is what modern Digital Camcorders output - hence they can also be plugged straight into a firewire socket (perhaps with an adaptor).DV is very, very uncompressed - the 1 minute 30 intros on SFXB are around 200MB in DV format. The resolution is also a lot larger than VHS, so to get it looking "right" you need to reduce it to something like MPEG-1 dimensions, as MPEG-1 is roughly equivalent to VHS quality. You could in theory encode it as MPEG-2, DVD quality, but (a) that's a much bigger file to cram onto a CD if that's an issue and (b) because VHS resolution is so far below DVD resolution, you won't see any real benefit. If anything, glitches in the tape will just be amplified...Hope that helps soomewhat. It's a fairly large subject to get your head around, but if you've got the spare hard drive space it's good fun.