port labeled AV/S: lets you connect to external video - like your TV - for playback. Not in your manual: If you want to use this to connect to a computer, you will need a digital/analog bridge like those from Canopus.
According to <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-VP-DC161-XEU-Format-Camcorder/dp/B000F4TC3W>
this camera does not have a FireWire port. Most DVD-based camcorders do not. So, no, this is NOT "where this fire wire business that [you've] been hearing about comes into play".
Did you finalize the disc? RTFM. This must be done before the computer *can* use the disc.
You will need a DVD ripper (software download - I use HandBrake). Is the optical drive in your computer a DVD drive? You say it is, but what DVDs have you played in it? Perhaps those discs were only CDs? What kind of computer is it? What operating system and version are you using? You may need to use ISOBuster...
I recently purchased a Samsung VP-dc161 DVD camcorder for something i was doing for work. Having filmed everything i went to my PC to try and upload the footage onto my PC, which is when i found that i couldn't!
I know this is a very common thread on a lot of camcorder help websites but as i'm new to this game i'm not really up on my jargon. My camcorder does have a port labelled AV/S but i don't have anywhere to plug into my computer...is this where this fire wire business that i've been hearing about comes into play?
Alternatively i tried viewing the recording DVD by placing the actual disk into my DVD drive on my computer, but it was unable to read it...could anyone let me know why this happened and whether there is anyway that i can overcome it?
Any help will be massively appreciated