vcd's are easy depending on what you use vcd galaxy is good also the new nero is the best burner proggie I have used for vcds and I have used quite a few. also the quality depends alot on your source I can get dvd quality from my sat. dish but video tapes i can get only med. vcd quality also I have found playback depends alot on your dvd player and the cds you use. the best combo I have come up with is vcd galaxy -> high qual mpg-2 ->nero using the video cd option using prime periphiel cds (can't find now) and I have a picky sony dvd player the best dvd player for vcds is the memtek (off brand) with the mp3 option.