Ok, thanks for reading this.
I finally got a hold of this cassette with personal stuff on it. I'm pretty sure it's PAL because the author lives in Europe, and when trying to play it on a NTSC miniDV video cam (Canon ZR300 A) I get weird frames.
I've got a Pinnacle Systems Booster 2 B 1.0 firewire PCI card, that I'll install in my computer and a DVR recorder NTSC. The video cam has a firewire cable and a slot for a USB cable. I plugged in the USB and I didn't see anything show up in Windows XP, it's probably for the SD card on the camera (I believe it does take photos aswell, I borrowed it)
I'm a total noob at this, and would appreciate any advice and guidance on how to do this.
Thank you very much!