From what I can tell, for regular VHS, that you'd need something like a DMediaPro DM6
(for SD, more shouldn't be needed for this specific task at least) with optional DM5
/VBOB plus a VTR (not to mention cables) and either a VTR that is merely VHS/SD, yet with SDI I/O, or something to feed the VHS/SD into the board/VBOB somehow.
For VHS, that's overkill. One can capture VHS just fine using an O2 or Cosmo2 Indy/Indigo2/Octane. Likewise, for anything digital that
does not need HD, an O2 with digvid works fine. I've been testing an O2 today with Illusion and it captures real-time D1 PAL no problem,
and playback is ok too. Editing is probably best done by moving the data to an Octane2/Fuel/Tezro though, as even a single-CPU R12K/400
is so much faster at (for example) exporting a clip as Targa files than a typical R5K/300 O2 (yes, there are faster O2s, but even an R5K/300 O2
is more expensive than an R12K/400 Octane). Come to think of it, an Octane with the older DIGVID is not that costly now; for digital SD
work it would be better than O2 by far.
I hadn't considered using Illusion before, but now I know it works ok I will probably use it instead of MovieMaker for editing. As for capture,
O2 with analogue AV and dmrecord works fine, though for tapes with degraded quality it is better to use Indigo2 with IMPACT Compression
or Octane with Octane Compression (I have both) since Cosmo2 is better at coping with noisy signals than O2's VICE hardware.
Even including the cost of a decent PC for final format conversion, having an O2/Octane/Fuel with the relevant lesser but perfectly ok options
would be much cheaper than anything that requires a DM5/VBOB.
For reference, I have about 300 tapes to digitise, so this is a key area of study for me.