I had to buy a DV camcorder. A JVC infact, because my old VHS-C died and I needed something to capture on Christmas morning while the kids opened their presents.
I must say, it is quite impressive. The quality is so much better than the old camcorder.
I hooked up the firewire cable from the camera to the computer and transfered the video. I had existing video software on my computer, but what amazed me was the fact that when I clicked the Record button on the PC screen, the camera knew when to start playing the video. When I clicked the Stop button, the camera automatically stopped too. There’s probably more, but I got to figure that out later.
In short, I was able to do some minor editing to the video file and create a high quality DVD movie onto a disc. My old method was to use my ATI capture card and save analog quality videos as MPEG-2 files.