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Is this a miniDV camcorder? Are you connected via FireWire? Premiere Elements generally can not capture over USB.
To change those NTSC/PAL settings, you'll need to start a new project and change the settings there. You can't change them in the middle of a project.
You should also ensure you have the latest drivers, firmware and Quicktime for your system, per the FAQs at the top of this forum.
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it is a USB, but my Camcorder (which is mini DV) does support Firewire, so I will look into getting a connection for my laptop.
As far as I'm aware I have the latest drivers, but I'll follow your link to make sure.
Thanks again, and I'll let you know how I get on.
One thing that *might* work would be a feed from your still camera to a blank tape in your video camera. If you can capture/transfer it that way, you can then Capture from the tape to PE. You may have to buy some new, special cables, or may even have to feed the still camera to a TV and then hook your video camera to the output connectors on the set.
My firewire cable finally came through today. It recognised the camera at first, but then decided not to. Now I know that it has recognised it, it's probably a matter of going through the settings, and I'll have a look at the drivers you recommended as well.
thanks for the advice, but that sounds a bit complicated for me I'm afraid. If I can't get it to work I'll probably be better off pluging my camera into my tv, and record the footage onto a blank cd, and then import it into adobe from that, at least for the time being.
Although hopefully it won't have to come to that.
The one drawback to recording to a DVD is that the material will be compressed to MPEG-2 (fairly heavily compressed), and if your final Export is to another DVD, you'll re-compress that data all over again. Quality will take a hit, especialy with pans and moving subjects. Still, it can be done.
Try the free demo of http://www.scenalyzer.com/main.html to see if it works with your setup
Note that the free demo puts a watermark inside random frames, so don't do anything "real" until you pay to register the program so files after that time don't have the watermark
Thanks for the idea John, but it's actually as simple as just making sure all the connections between camcorder - cable - firewire express card - laptop are all connected properly :S
Got it sorted out now though, so thanks all for your help.