I know this won't immediately solve your problem , but i had this trouble myself with my digital camcorder and desktop p.c.
I actually achieved the results i wanted by buying a dvd recorder and put the camera through that via audio leads supplied and super video lead. this made it easy to copy on to dvd in the same way you would with video tape. Then i burn copies on my laptop as required. This also works with analogue camcorders and works out cheaper than buying a digi camcorder.
As i said i know it's no great help, but at worst...you are back to the top again.