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eheathOP hasnt responded yet, but if you're in a situation where you already have a ton of a footage you need digitized, just buy some shitty mini dv camera with a firewire output. Then you're going to have to find a solution to get firewire to usb or something, older computers had firewire 400/800 some even had the smaller version that is on dv cameras. You might be able to do this over usb from the camera, but not sure. FCP 7 would be perfect for this, no idea about other capturing software, old versions of premiere probably could do it as well.
That being said, if you're just looking to start filming, buy a different camera that records to SD cards in HD, you will thank yourself in the future.