I generally don't have a favorable opinion on multi-system VHS VCRs, but there are a number of folks who like them. I've not tried all of them out there, so I can't really give information on the two models you've mentioned.
I prefer to use high-end S-VHS VCRs, with TBC and DNR and other filters, to playback all VHS tapes (NTSS or PAL). Any conversion from PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL is done with meticulous methods.
One of the easier methods -- but still high quality -- is discussed at http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/vid...t-pal-ntsc.htm
In general, there's no need to convert. I think you may have one of the few good reasons, since it appears you're wanting to mix PAL and NTSC source into a new DVD. And since NTSC was the dominant format, converting the PAL makes sense.
The only real "difference" between the VHS and Laserdisc, in terms of what is user-adjustable, is the color/contrast, which can be further filtered in VirtualDub
by you AFTER the capture. For this, I would also suggest uncompressed or lossless AVI capture.
I'd pre-tweak in VirtualDub
and color correct, export to new AVI, and do the final edits (and any smaller tweaks, as needed) in Adobe Premiere.
What editing software are you planning to use?
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