You don't say what software you're using to record your tutorials, but most use codecs that Premiere Elements struggles with.
You might be better off editing these non-camcorder files in a program like Windows MovieMaker or iMovie. These programs are not as powerful as Premiere Elements, but they do support a much wider range of file formats and codecs.
I was using CamStudio with the Lossless codec it comes with, so that makes sense what you said. I would like to have some of the options that premiere has. Is there any work around that I can do to change the codec to be usable by Premiere?
such as, playing the video in windows media player and recording it with a codec that works, or ..?
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You might want to take a look at this article on editing Camtasia footage: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/453044?tstart=0
There are some useful comments by Jeff Bellune, who uses Camtasia for his tutorials. Now, many of his comments were done with Premiere Pro CS3 & CS4 in mind, but much will translate to PrE, as well - just not all of it.