I was struggling for ages to record a DVD with my laptop (it got halfway through the recording process and then just crashed). Looking online recommended getting a standalone DVD burner and after asking my local electronics store I bought the Panasonic VW-BN1E-S.
This DVD burner is a joy to use and is incredibly quick. It connects to your digital camcorder using the supplied USB lead. Once connected, use your camera's display to connect to the burner, select your scenes and press record. The burner will then spring into action, recording your movie onto a DVD in just a couple of minutes.
The burner seemed to like every disk that we threw at it - creating good quality movies on the cheapest Asda own-brand DVD we could find.
Originally, I was looking forward to editing my home movies with Windows Movie Maker, but there's only so many star wipes you can see... using this DVD burner makes it painless to get your movies onto your TV screen. If you have a camcorder, you should buy one.