I bought an RCA DCR8320N DVR recorder several years ago. It has a video cassette player. Last year I tried using the VCR part to transfer a tape to DVD for the first time and the tape jammed. I took the unit apart and the tape carriage mechanism is so doofus, I don't know how any engineer ever thought it would function.
Anyway, my reasoning is that the VCR-DVD combination is becoming more rare and the machines that have it are expensive, so why not get a plain VCR (hoping that a plain VCR is cheap and actually designed to read tapes) and use the DVD writer on a computer to transfer the tape. I assume people have already done this. What is the normal procedure?