late reply cause I was in hospital for the last 7 days and will stay there for parts of the next week (no worries, just a chronical illness, im used to that nonsense)
anything else below DV avi (which is the 12BG per hour thing) is compressed. DVD compression is rather light but still fucks things up a bit. I wouldnt mind doin a HD transfer and would send it back earlier than mr cabbage
invest into a HD? I dont have any empty ones atm, plus its you whose got the data... hmm, what country are you in anyways? if you have use for an 80GB HD then this might be a good one to buy if you have to and theyve become pretty cheap afaik, like 30Euro or whatever, outta loop with prices...
lines appearing: now this is difficult to say, it may have multiple causes. are these tapes from the US? if so they'll prolly be NTSC, and that means you either have an NTSC compatible VHS player AND recording device, or your picture will be fubar, but that means it looks like damaged all the way.
horizontal lines accross the screen are a rather known phenomenon, and depending on how they re caused... I can particularly repair that kinda stuff, I'll see about it.
would be best if you made some small samples of each show like 10-30seconds and quality-good enough for that I can see whats goin on error-wise, small quicktime, WMV or VCD f.ex. and let me see those, so I'll be able to tell you what I can do about what.
talk to you hopefully mid next week.