I'm a Video Services Producer in Las Vegas and have need to convert raw footage from DV and DVCam to DVD all the time. I saw the liteon lvw-5115GHC at Costco and thought I would give it a try. I was impressed at how easy it is to set up and use and it has a firewire input and lots of rca inputs/outputs on back. It will probably be compatible with about anything you need to hook up to it.
The menu options are 'fairly' easy to use. It really takes the manual (which is very limited in its help) to find your way to the preferences. But once you do, the menus advance in logical format which even an 8 year old could follow.
I like that it allows for High Quality, Standard, Long Play, REALLY Long play compression which can allow you to get nearly 4-6 hours on a single DVD.
Here is the downer part. The final product (DVD) that it burns is sometimes finicky and will not play on certain DVD players and the standard quality is totally just 'standard' (2 hours max on Disc). I've also run into a problem of audio being out of sync with video on occasion with this machine. However, in Liteon's defense, most of the consumer grade recorders will be finicky on slightly older machines.
Overall the price was good, its easy to learn, I'm liking it so far.
Hamilton International Productions - Las Vegas
Commercial & Convention Video Services