Cheers for the information. I have to be honest, I don't have hundreds of vhs tapes etc, maybe half a dozen, so how long it takes wouldnt be an issue. I did one or two with the stand alone dvd recorder but I couldnt create any menus of any real significance, basically just the raw footage of the tapes etc. I used to have a macrovision box, back in the days of motorised satellite, but luckily managed to obtain all my favourite movies on dvd, in one way or another, ahem. Thanks for the information though, all the best.
Yep, the menu creation on them is pretty hopeless.
The problem then is having to transfer and edit up all the videos (frankly i don't have the time) so I gave up, ripped the whole lot to MPEG-4 and stuffed it onto a NAS RAID server. The Netgear Stora is around £150 and seemed good value.
Ride it or milk it!