I wanted to get some opinions of what others think about vcds and the like. My experiment I deem a failure. I bought a video capture card, a bigger hard drive, downloaded the software, camped out over at vcdhelp.com (dvdrhelp.com), and put my computer to work. My computer, a sub pentium, could not handle the restraints of svcd, so I was limited to cvds and (x)vcds. The capture, encoding , and burning of which, for a 1:45 minute movie might take (me) 24+ hours of actual computing time. And my higher res cvds, do to computer or, perhaps, my dvd player, never impressed me. I don't have a dvd rom or high speed internet, so divx and dvd rips never tempted me. Anyway, all the time I spent never got me much better quality than what a vcr does. I have the feeling I would have been better off investing that money in an svhs vcr to improve quality. And with stand alone dvd recorders coming down in price like the apex, or the, so I've read, new Philips which is supposed to have DD recording, I feel like i've been spinning my wheels chasing a silver platter dream. Anybody else in my boat?