I am trying to get a handful of vhs tapes onto dvd for a friend. My setup: vhs vcr (composite out) > trv900 mini dv (composite in)> g4powerbook > powerbook superdrive > dvd I'm using imovie to capture and idvd to burn because I want to do it quickly and easily and am making no changes whatsoever to the footage. my questions: since my original media is vhs tapes from '92, does it matter that i'm using composite rather than s-video (my vcr has no s-video port)? if i got a converter and was able to go from vcr to s-video in on my camera, would it make a difference in the quality at all? can i loop my vcr into my digital cable box and take the signal from that, therefore going from s-video out on cable box to s-video in on camera? and if I can, would it make a big difference in quality in my case? My footage after being captured looks not very good on my monitor, but fine when i play the dvd back thru the tv. Any idea why, and is there anything i can do to raise the quality on the computer monitor? Are there any important settings I'm maybe skipping in imovie or idvd that are compromising the quality? finally, on this first capture, the whole tape (though I did it in two batches on the same tape) there was a horizontal line (looks like "bad reception" on a tv) at the very bottom of my screen that was not on the vhs tape. What's causing this and how can I avoid it? Many many thanks for any answers anyone can provide. thanks!!!