How to transfer video to your comuters hard drive for editin

Hi, Yes you need to have a firewire 1394 port for loading from a digital video camera. If you also have analog tapes like VHS or HI8 camcorder tape it is cheaper to have them converted to a normal DVD (from someone like www.transfervideo.info or www.ontodvd.com etc) And to then load the DVD onto your hard drive using low cost software like "DVDtoAVI" , this way you don't need to buy any hardware at all, just a low cost DVD drive or DVD burner will allow you to re-edit your videos to your own needs.