| Many digital devices do not ship with Firewire cables included, so it's important to verify which kind of plugs your equipment needs before purchasing cables.
Also bear in mind that your computer may not have come equipped with a Firewire card, especially if it's fairly new. Firewire is being phased out by many computer and camera manufacturers in favor of USB connectivity. Be sure to ask about this when you purchase a new computer. You can add a Firewire card to your computer from a computer shop for about $50 if your camera downloads via Firewire.
When you play the VHS tape, the video signal will be sent to the digital camera, converted into a digital signal by the camera's electronics, and "passed through" the digital camera -- via Firewire -- to the computer.
Not all digital cameras have "pass through" capability.
Last updated 2/13/17