I've got a ton of old print photos that I want to use on a video project for CS5.5. Rather than matte them and then use my Canon camcorder, can I just buy a basic scanner like Epson 300 and convert them to digital? Will Premiere accept the scanned photos? Or would Photo Shop? The resulting project will be a low level 4:3 non HD using old video tapes, so ultra high quality is not an issue. It's a family history kind of thing. All help greatly appreciated.
You will want to go through Photoshop first.
Then, after you have Saved the full resolution scanned files (for later use), Scale them to your Video Project's Frame Size dimensions, or close, for Import into a PrPro Project. When you Scale the Images for your Video, you can choose Save_As PSD, TIFF, PNG, or even JPEG (I am far less inclined to recommend that format, as it is compressed). I choose PSD, which should Import perfectly into PrPro.