Yes, it should be as simple as just moving a file, but it isn't. When video is recorded to the tape it isn't put down as a file, it is put down as video images, but you are halfway there if you have you firewire card installed. I don't have that camera, but they are all the same.
You will also need a firewire cable, but most cameras come with them. Turn your comptuer on and connect the firewire cable from your camera to the firewire card. The camera has a small connection (4-pins) and the comptuer card has a larger one. Then turn on your camera and push it to VCR, like you were going to watch the video back.
You should see the windows operating system pop up a box saying that it has found your camera! It will detect a camera connected to the computer and as how you would like to record the video in (if not, then your firewire card may not be working properly). Depending on what software you have on the computer, you can open that software and begin the next step.
For arguements sake, opene Windows Movie Maker because ever Windows XP machine has it. You can manually open the program or the box may ask you if you want to open it.
From this point, Movie Maker is pretty simple, if the "TASKS" are not open click on the tasks button at the top and click on capture video.
Choose "Capture From Device" (not import)
and choose a file name and location to save to.
Choose Best Quality.
And then you can Capture entire tape or parts manually, I'd suggest capturing the entire tape right now, just to get started.
This will take control of your camera and play your tape (make sure a tape is in the camera) and record it into the computer at the same time. It has to playback the entire tape!
From that point, you have many, many options. You can edit parts of it, add music, add titles and then dub it back to a blank tape or save it out to a file.
Getting it out to a DVD is a whole other beast. When you save the final product out to a file (Movie Maker saves an AVI file) it must be converted to a format that DVD players can read (MPEG-2) and then burned to the disc as a DVD Video disc. There are many tutorials to show you how to do this, but if you'd like more help just let me know what softwares you will be using because each software is a bit different. Some DVD burning software will convert the file and burn at the same time!
I am not very good at these kinds of things. When I purchased my digital camcorder they said I could do this. For some reason they don't make it simple. I contacted JVC and they told me that I needed some software to do this. I installed a firewire card because I was told I needed this first. Why can't you just download it into the pc? Why do they have to make everything so difficult? I'm just a regular guy trying to save my video on the pc and then transfer onto DVD's later. I'm not a computer wiz. Please help me to do this! Thanks