How's it going... my name is Tom and I've been lurking these forums for a few months gathering all the info I could mostly from your posts.
Hi Tom, welcome to the site.
Also: My apologies for the slow reply, but your message was buried in my inbox. That sometimes happens when tech questions are asked in PMs/emails instead of on the forum. Keep that in mind for future questions. Thanks.
Firstly my goal is to transfer my family's home videos to archival dvds. But- with all the equipment laying around I would like to have a small business on the side eventually. I guess I just have a lot of questions. What hardware is required? I plan on purchasing a jvc and a panasonic vcr (you recommened to have at least 2), a good tbc, a proc amp, one computer with a capture card and windows xp... What else? For playback purposes am I simply looking at how it looks on my computer?
I've not yet written the fourth article of my editorial series on Video Hobby vs. Video Professional
-- which is long overdue -- and then there's also some upgrades scheduled for the Good Methods to Create DVDs (Workflows) guide
. Both of those will cover your question in depth, when finished.
To briefly go over it, you need several tiers of hardware -- it's not just computer, just video, etc.
- Power conditioning / safety: UPS
- Quality monitoring: reference/near-reference speakers, IPS panel computer LCD, quality CRT or video LCD
- Audio / Video: capture card or external recorders, VCRs, TBCs, proc amps, optional detailers, audio mixers
- Software: mix of freeware and payware, for both audio and video, including format specific software (DVD authoring, Blu-ray, etc)
It really comes back to this: Are you prepared to spend at least $5,000 on this?
If not, then you'll be more in "hobby" mode, cutting out tools that are optimal for lower-end consumer gear. And that's fine.