I hope this question is appropriate for superuser...
I have an old JVC camcorder (GR-DVL300U) and about 30 MiniDV tapes. I want to copy these to my computer and/or to DVD. However:
a) There's probably a few hours total of footage that I want to save, so I don't want to spend ~$20 per tape for a service to copy them to DVD.
b) I've lost the wire that connects from the battery charger to the camera, allowing it to run on A/C power, and it seems to be proprietary and discontinued. The battery lasts about 30 minutes on a full charge (not enough time to copy a tape). I guess I can buy a new one that will hold a charge longer, but still that would mean constantly recharging, still risking the battery dying during transfer, etc.
c) I don't have a firewire card, and I don't think there's any room to install one in my computer (and it is old and very flaky to begin with). I could probably figure it out, but, but is there anything like an external firewire card that interfaces to the computer via USB? I know you can't just use one of the "fake" firewire to USB adapters.
What would you do? I know there are MiniDV players but they seem very expensive ($500+) and I'm not even sure they'll connect to a computer.
Thanks for any advice...