Actually, how do I know if my PC is equiped with a IEEE 1394 or firewire connection? What does it look like? I have 2 USB ports on my front panel, but I am uncertain what I have on the back. I took a quick glimpse, but I really don't know what I am looking for. Does it look like a USB port? Is there an identifier of sorts that I can look for? Also, if I don't have a 1394 or firewire connection, is there any other way to get my data off of my MiniDV and to the PC? Sorry for all the newbie questions and thanks for any advice that you are able to provide.