Your camera has a firewire port. It may be called DV on the camera and in the manual. You buy a firewire cable (it doesn't come with one) to hook to your computer's firewire port and transfer the video. You can download a small free software from the internet called WinDV for transferring the video.

If your computer does not have a firewire port, you buy a PCI firewire card and install it. If you have a laptop without a firewire port, but it has PCMCIA slots, you buy a PCMCIA firewire card and install it.

Firewire cables come with either 4 pin plugs or 6 pin on either or both ends. You buy the cable that matches what ports you have. Usually the camera has a 4 pin port, the desktop a 6 pin, and a laptop a 4 pin. Generally, you need a 4 pin to 6 pin firewire cable to hook to a desktop and a 4 pin to 4 pin cable to hook to a laptop.