Using the mini-DV camcorder method is actually pretty simple.
wlape3 wrote:You can also plug the video and audio outputs from the JVC into your home computer if it has the inputs
A lot of them have all kinds of outputs put inputs capability is rare on regular computers unless it's a Media PC, some older models before the Media PC's had VIVO cards. You can always install PCI capture card on any computer and they make all kinds of external devices.
Having said that for the average person a mini-DV camcorder with that ability is best way to go if you want to capture to computer. You get a camcorder besides all the benefits capture through mini-DV cam affords.