To use your camcorder with Linux, you first need to know which medium to use for transferring your videos from the camcorder to your computer.
- Some camcorders record their videos on dvd. When you put the dvd into your computer, you can play it with mplayer.
- Some camcorders record their videos on SD-cards. You can easily transfer your SD-card's content using an usb-card-reader.
- Some camcorders record their videos on tapes and allow you to connect via firewire to the camcorder and transfer the videos using applications like kino and dvgrab. The outcome will be .dv files that you can watch with mplayer and convert with ffmpeg or mencoder.