Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,
Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance for information purposes only...Initially, are the "...vhs recordings..." home made videos? ...or store bought movies
Please click HERE. Can you please try these steps?
Can you please try another brand of DVD -R from another store?
Thank you for these additional information and very significant.
Based on this, it would appear to now point to a likely internal hardware issue rather than a setting or a procedural concern; repairs would be needed.
Please post back how you would want to approach this and/or should additional information be needed.
I realize that the above information may perhaps be not what was expected. Unfortunately, there is no quick-n-easy fix and neither is there a workaround; sorry for having to be the bearer of bad news.
...and thank you for your kjind understanding.