a miniDV tape based camcorder.
Firewire cable to connect the camcorder's DV port to the computer's firewire port is required for DV import from the tape. Hopefully, your computer has an available expansion slot so you can add a firewire port.
As you have discovered, USB does not work.
Works fine but can't transfer onto computers---tried it on a MAC, and 2 difrerent PC with XPs, closest I can get is viewing pix on computer. I have the Picture Package, done the USB streamingbut no luck but lots of frustration.
I see I'm not totally alone on this.
Any help would be appreciated.