After looking through some old posts in the "Computers and HTPC" area, I'm still a little confused about some aspects of video capture. My main question: Is capturing video directly to MPEG-2 format a function of your capture device or your capture software? I want to end up with MPEG-2 video and I hear that conversion from other video formats is quite time consuming. I am leaning towards buying a Canopus ADVC-100 to use to capture quite a few old VHS tapes and a few of my old Laserdiscs in order to transfer them to DVD. I am also doing research on the various video editing and DVD authoring software packages and really don't know how elaborate I need to go with my software. I have been looking at Adobe Premier, Sony (Sonic Foundry) Vegas, as well as software from Pinnacle and Ulead and all have strengths and weaknesses. I am basically looking to capture analog video, edit it, author DVDs (I'd like to have AC-3 encoding capability), and then burn DVDs. Once I get my tax refund, I am going to buy a new PC, a video capture device, and video editing and DVD authoring software so I am open to any suggestions you may have. Thank you.