Hello. I am sure there are people here that will be able to help far more than I can. Just to get you started, I believe dv would be better than a usb connection. VCD s use mpeg1 at a relatively low resolution so can seem a blocky or out of focus. Use the highest quality you can to capture as mpeg will cut quality to compesate for disc space. I too have had mpeg captures that look like old newsreels with everything going too fast. I wouldn't mind an answer too that one too! For point 4 and 5, you will need to get an answer from the experts on here as I am a novice at this. I use ulead7, windows movie maker, some horrible s'ware from JVC and some with my analogue cap card called neo dvd, that gave me the too fast captures.