hi hope someone can help!! i had some old mini DV tapes i want to transfer to DVD. my laptop does not have firewire to connect to my old camcorder, which does. after alot of searching i could not find any adapter to connect my camcorder to my laptop, bought a few and all failed. i paid to have the mini DVD tape transferred to DVD in the end. i ripped, edited and burned to DVD, but the end result was very poor, much worse that the original DV tape. below is the process i used:- 1) photo shop transfered mini DV tape to DVD. 2) ripped to avi using trial version of dvdfab. 3) edited avi in windows movie maker 6.0. saved end movie to DV-AVI. 4) converted and burned using binglesoft avi to dvd converter. 5) dell inspiron 17r. windows 8. 6) decent blank dvds many thanks lakey..