|a camera shop told me there was no way of connecting it to computer|
Must be a fly by nite camera shop or uneducated salesmen/women.
You need a capture device to run a cable from your cam to your PC. Radio shack should have it.
If you have a firewire connection that would be real easy, just buy a cable from cam to firewire. You said computer so I presume you mean a tower. If your computer does not have a firewire slot, pci cards are really cheap:
Once you have those connected you can use Picasa
to record your tape to your PC.
Let me know how you make out, thanks and then go back to the camera store and tell them to get educated on their products LOL
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