Can anyone offer any advice, please? I want to transfer my old Analogue Video Camera images [ranging back over 20 years] to Video CD. I have just bought a new PC with Pentium 2.4 Processor, Firewire and USB connections - running Windows XP Home Edition. I need to establish what sort of software I need and what hardware I need to connect my analogue camera to the PC. Someone suggested that I would need a card to go in the PC as the firewire connection cannot be used with analogue footage. I believe also that another alternative is to connect via some sort of USB converter!?
You're going to need an Analogue Capture Card - most TV cards have this facility. Leads will be dependant on the card, but normally come with it (or those with your camcorder will probably fit). There'll also be basic capture and editing software with it - all for well less than a ton. Do consider a DVD writer with your system - you'll not be too impressed with Video CD quality and many DVD players have a problem in reading VCD.
Do a search on this site - there's loads of threads on this subject waiting for you.
I updated my camcorder last year and bought a Sony Digital 8 with a facility to playback analogue. I can now playback into digital format without having a capture card. Just another option to consider.
You could of course go the whole hog and purchase a DVD recorder such as the Philips DVDR880 or the Panasonic E50 which will allow you to copy analogue or Svideo camcorder pictures directly to DVD. This system would cost around £350.
Like 'handful', I bought a Sony Digital 8 camcorder. It can play back my old Hi8 tapes, connects to my PC with Firewire in and out, and also has analogue inputs. I have used it to get lots of my HI8 analogue tapes into the PC, then exported them back out as Digital8. I use Pinnacle Studio 8 software. I have also connected a VHS recorder to the Sony's analogue inputs which then converts the signal to Firewire, and coverted my old VHS and VHS C tapes to digital in this way. I intend to buy a DVD burner when the price drops a bit, and then archive my tapes for my grandchildren. Make sure you buy a Sony model with both Firewire IN and OUT. Some only have OUT.