I gave up & used an old laptop to capture the video, then transferred it to a portable hard drive, then transferred it to the new laptop where I edit the video. Uploading footage now requires 3 steps instead of one, a time factor I was hoping to avoid. Also, as the years go on, Windows PCs become unusable. My formerly top of the line Vaio desktop's C drive is out of memory space & only has Windows updates on it. Upgrading the C drive is likely a waste of money since it's XP & that's going the way of the dinosaur as well.
Direct to DVD is not an option for me since I only use tape when I need exceptionally high quality audio & video like for weddings, etc.