I have a Canon HV-20 camcorder and several dozen Mini DV tapes. The camcorder has a DV/HDV output.
I just began using Adobe premier pro software which can capture the video from the tape, even control the camcorder play, stop, FF, REW, etc. It has a "scene detect feature" which will make separate video clips as the scene changes. This is a much better option which is why I would rather not just send out all my tapes to have DVDs made.
I also have a Sony CCD-TRV 52 8 mm camcorder - it just has RCA outputs (2 audio and 1 video). I would like to be able to connect that to the digital capture card, but if that is not possible, I can play the tapes in my VHS to DVD burner and make standard DVD's rip them and input directly to Adobe Premier Pro if need be. If I can process these tapes thru Adobe, that would be my preference.
My computer has USB 3 inputs but no firewire. I have a good video card but no specific digital video capture hardware. The desktop has no more front slots left, but I believe there are more internal slots.
I now use a Nikon D800 which takes HDV and writes it to a Compact flash and SD card, so that can be directly opened into Adobe Premier, so it is not an issue.
I would like to know recommendations for hardware. Thank you