I know everything is hooked up properly. One VHS did record. After troubleshooting, turns out it was too large to transfer to DVD (6.8 GB) and I found the path and was able to watch it on the computer.
For the green screen problem, I have an extension cord from the VHS that has both the older composite and the S cable so I plugged them both in. Does the program show a green screen when it thinks it is at the end of the tape? I can hear it playing in the machine. When I was describing the old TV movie, I was using it as an example that I couldn't even get that far. It was so rotten, it wouldn't even play in the VHS machine. The one I am getting green screen on seems to be playing fine, in fact today I got a couple of seconds of sound 'happy bir..' before the green screen actually kicked on. No visual, just audio.