I have the JVC DR-MV1. Which is a DVD and VHS recorder. You can record simultaneously on both media. You can also record from one to the other and I have copied several high 8 tapes directly to DVD. Although it was a bit daunting setting it up and getting to know how it works, so far I have been very pleased with it. I appreciate that the inclusion of a hard drive does make thing s a bit easier but I certainly have no problems at all.