FireWire is the traditional and best way to transfer taped video. If you have a standard PC get a FireWire card fitted and ensure that you are using the IEEE 1394 (legacy) driver. If in doubt get your dealer to fit and set up your PC. With a laptop you will need to enquire about a plug in 1394 (FireWire) card.
Your best bet is to buy a video editor. Plenty on the market and I use Corel's VideoStudio (the Pro version is good) You use the video editor to download the tapes via FireWire into the editor's folders. The editor will use the TimeCode on the tape to split the shots into separate files for future editing.
The S video route needs a device to convert to a USB signal. One of the better ones is called EZCap and can be found on Amazon etc.
WARNING Plug in your FireWire cable BEFORE switching on either camera or PC.
Get mini dv tapes onto win 10 computer.
panasonic NV-DS11. Has S video and 4 pin firewire port.
I have 4 pin to 6 pin fire wire cable.
Camera works ok.
Please help, with a solution. I am a noob.