I have a Sony computer and a Sony PC-100 mini DV digital camera that are connected via firewire. I have an external DVD-R drive connected via USB. My DVD capture/recording software is neoDVD Standard edition. Using the aforementioned setup, I transferred a mini DV tape directly to DVD-R. The final result plays fine on my home DVD player, but the quality of the video appears to be a dropoff from the original tape. Is that to be expected? Is the USB connection the weak link? Is it the software? If I were to purchase an internal DVD-R drive, would it improve the quality of the transfer? Do I need better software? Do I need both? Would I be better off with a standalone DVD recorder? Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.