First look at what came with the camera. My JVC came with what is limited, but worked fine.
As to buying software, I wonder if you should look at a DVD recorder. Most come with software such as Ulead or MyDVD which will do fine for most people. Price can be under 99 bucks for a desktop and under 199 for an external.
Once a firewire is bought, how do you find the right software to upload the video from the camera to the computer?
Anyone know any good Software to buy?