Mike wants to get a Chromebook. Can he use it to digitize video? Leo says no. It's just a browser and keeps everything in the cloud. As such, it can't do specialized applications like video conversion, because it doesn't have the hardware and software to do it. Chromebooks don't have a lot of storage, either. So what he'll want is a regular PC like a Windows or Mac. He'll also need a Firewire converter. The best laptop makers are Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer. Those are the top five.
What would be a good photo scanner? Leo says that the Epson Fast Photo Scanner is what he'll want. It has a feeder and can scan up to 1 print per second, but it's not cheap. It does a great job, though. If this is a one time only thing, another option is to pay to have them converted. ScanCafe is a good option.
(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)