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How can I edit video

I have an old Sony digital camcorder. It records to tape. I have always just played and recorded these tapes directly to DVD via a table top Memorex DVD recorder.
My question is how do I get the video from these DVDs into my computer so that I may edit them if that possible. the reason was my camera is firewire and my computer did not have a firewire card. and I'm not that computer saavy. so going direct to dvd without any real editing was easiest route. I think I'm up for a little challenge how can I accomplish this and begin editing. thanks!
I have a toshiba dual core laptop and have purchased a Dynex Firewire 800 express card. the guy at BEst Buy said I pplug it into my express slot and then my camera into it and I can import/record into the pc. haVENT HAD LUCK WITH IT WORKING YET. THANKS

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re : How can I edit video

If you have them on DVD, it's easy. All you have to do is use a DVD ripping program, which will rip the MPEG files off of the DVD, allowing you to edit them.

There are a number of free DVD ripping programs, just do a google search for "free DVD ripper". I haven't used one for a while, but someone else can probably recommend one.

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