For his 70th birthday, today, I got Dad a USB VCR and DVD Authoring software so he could convert all of his old video tapes to DVD to preserve them. He didn't want the automatic software, though, he wanted the software where he could craft the menus and put in chapter points and include old photos from the same time period.
No, my dad isn't a Luddite in the least. He's a rabid gadget geek. The newer the tech, the better. Although I do occasionally have to set the clock on the regular VCR for him.