This question has a few answers. It all has to do with your budget, time and what you need.
1. Get a DVD recorder. Plug the analog output from camcorder to dvd recorder and press record on one, play on the other and come back later.
2. Get an analog capture card for your PC. About 50 bucks, capture, edit and burn on the PC. Figure about 4 hours for each hour of tape...
3. Get a spiffy new camcorder with analog pass thru and capture via firewire then repeat step 2.
I want to transfer my old 8mm tapes to DVDs. What is the best way to do that? Is there a standalone DVD burner out there somewhere that I can connect my old camcorder (Sony CCD-TR54) to and burn directly to a DVD? Or do I have to burn to a VHS tape and then transfer to a DVD? Any suggestions?