I solved that problem by purchasing an ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro video card with composite video in/out, L/R audio in/out, S-video in/out, 125 channel (analog) TV tuner. It allows me to rip non-copy protected VHS tapes to my computer in whatever resolution I choose. But as soon as I start to play a copy-protected tape in the VCR the record button goes grey thereby making a recording impossible. But I have many tapes that are not protected and will end up on DVD someday. BTW, I purchased said graphics card online and saved 50% over retail.
Can anyone tell me what the best method and best hardware is for converting VHS to an MPEG, MPEG2, or some other PC useable video clip format would be?