The JVC HR_DVSEK will play the Mini DV tapes, you then need to find a suitable output from the VCR.
I would suggest you use CVBS (known as video out), which would require you purchasing a SCART adapter such as the one here, which would plug into the SCART output on the VCR at one end, and into the computer at the other.
Next you would need a suitable video input adaptor for your PC, I would suggest something like the one here, as its USB so can be used on any PC\Laptop.
To record the mini DV onto your PC, you would run the software which comes with the video input adapter on the PC, set the SCART adaptor to output, and press play on your VCR at which point the video and audio content is then displayed on the PC at which point you can record it.
The total cost would be less than £10 and if ordered over the weekend should be with you by the end of the week.
Please let me know if you need anything clarified.
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No problem, you could use the DV output from the front of the machine, but this would be rather costly.
If you find the quality of the recording via the scart output is unsatisfactory the next step would be to use the DV port, but as most machines do not have \ support firewall these days you may end up having to be a DV input adaptor such as the one here on ebay.
You will also need the approved JVR DV cable VC-VDV204, which can be sourced from here for £5.
Firewire is an obsolete connection, in hindsight I could have checked if you had a firewire connection on your machine.
I am glad you managed to source a driver, and had a compatible JVR DV cable, however not confident this is a better solution (all be it cheaper), from experience a lot of the time using this interface you have video\audio sync issues, but glad it worked out ok in your instance.