Optimal Camcorder/Device Advice for Mac Interface

I would like to take feed from my TV/VCR and get it onto my Mac. I'm running iMovie 4 on a 15" G4 PowerBook and using OSX 10.4.2. What research I've done suggests the way to do this is by getting a camcorder and directing the output from the VCR into the camcorder and then routing the output from the camcorder into my Mac via FireWire.
Is this really the best way to do this? And, if I should go with a camcorder, which are the best for Macs? Do I have to get one with a FireWire connection? Are there any that let you take feed straight from the TV into the Mac?
Any advice and/or direction would be much appreciated!
PowerBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.2)  

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Do I have to get one with a FireWire connection?
Note that it may also be called i.Link or IEEE1394, but its' the same thing.

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