It looks like your camera shoots HD as AVCHD, which will work just fine in PrE 11, per this review: http://www.trustedreviews.com/jvc-hd-everio-gz-e205_Camcorder_review
All you will need to do is Copy over the camera's SD card's full folder structure to your computer, and then Import the media files (be sure to Copy the full folder structure).
Good luck, and hope that helps,
Many thanks for your response. I'm a relative novice and just using the USB cable that came with the comcorder. When I did this with my old JVC (cassette tape) Premiere elements immediately started downloading the contents but I can't get it started with memory card in the new camcorder - I click download and all sorts of other permutations but it just refuses to start functioning. I suspect it's something to do with the AVCHD format - having read more widely I wish the industry would get to grips with compatability problems! Cheers.
Many thanks, but as a relative novice I don't see how I copy over the card's full folder structure to the computer when, after I've plugged in the USB cable, neither the computer nor the Premiere program seems to recognize what I'm trying to do! Sorry, but maybe I'm just dumb! It's all a bit frustrating - Cheers
A camera is just another USB device, like an external hard drive or a "thumb drive" memory stick
If you don't "see" the camera with Windows Explorer, you have a hardware problem, or a bad USB cable
For the camera to act like a HDD, you will need to both turn it ON (assume that you have done that), and also set its Mode. The name of that Mode differs camera mfgr. to camera mfgr., but you manual will tell you what that name is, and also how to set it. Have you set the Mode appropriately?
If so, when you turn the camera ON, and it is hooked up to the computer, do you not get the Windows "bing-bong?"
If not, there are several possibilities:
The cable is bad
The connector on the camera is bad
The connector on the computer is bad
The USB controller chip on the MoBo is bad
The USB driver in the OS is not correct
Good luck, and as John T. says, I woud try a different USB cable (cheap fix) first.