|A lot depends on the output options on your VCR. The best possible quality you'll get is governed by the quality of the original source (VHS tape), then by the quality of the source equipment (VCR). The most common outputs on VCR's are RCA sockets, and the tv antenna socket. Neither of these is a high quality source point, but RCA is acceptable, if left with no other option.|
Here in Australia we can get an EasyCap USB capture card for around $10AU on eBay. They have inputs for composite (RCA) and s-video. If you have s-video output on your VCR, it's a stroke of luck, because it's a better source to capture (HDMI would be better, but then you'd need a more expensive capture card.) You may need to use the red and white RCA connections for audio (not sure on this but, I don't think s-video carries audio data).
I've never used the software that comes with EasyCap, and prefer to use another software product, with more render options (codecs, etc.) The quality of your capture software is the next possible barrier to getting a good final product. If you can capture a good source, via good hardware, the right software will give you a good result.
Codecs are another thing to consider. There are lossy codecs (lower quality) and lossless codecs (high quality). Lossless codecs tend to create much larger file sizes. Lossless codecs are more suited to video that is still to be edited, before final render.
I use a similar (older product) USB capture card, connected through RCA, to capture using my favorite software. The quality isn't great, but it suits my purposes.
Hope this helps.
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