Burke has a Canon ZR65 miniDV camcorder, so it's old. He can connect it to FireWire, but when his old computer died, he lost the ability to connect because FireWire isn't used anymore. Leo says that's because there's much faster options now with USB 3. He can get a FireWire to USB 3 converter. Monoprice will probably have one.
The chatroom says that StarTech has a card that would add FireWire to his computer directly.