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Digital8 should capture right into Premiere Elements! I'm not sure why you're having trouble.
But if your service bureau captures the video over a FireWire connection, they should be able to deliver it to you as DV-AVIs.
In fact, INSIST on it. Don't let them give you a DVD or an AVI other than DV.
Meantime, have you looked into a free program called WinDV? It also will capture your miniDV or Digital8 as DV-AVIs, and it can be less challenging than Premiere Elements.
after 40 tapes my camcorder stopped playing my tapes (PE 10 was fine)
i don't think it is worth trying to get another used camera at this point, so i am looking for alternatives
i also have some Beta tapes & would need a capture card, another 1-time expense, so i am looking at using an external service (if cost effective)
i will probably have to loan them 1 1TB HD to put the files on