No version of Premiere (Pro or Elements) works with USB and a tape camera... only with Firewire
You will need to use different software to capture from camera to hard drive via USB, and then edit with PrElements
You need DV AVI type 2 files with 16bit 48khz sound for best editing
Video capture for sources like DV or HDV are done by firewire link, and as you mention there is no more
firewire port on majority of laptops. Except if you use a Macbook, there is still this kind of port.
I have the same issue with my new laptop, my previous 5 years old Packard Bell having a firewire port. As I have
an imac, I can capture on this computer my videos, then copy them in MPEG format to my PC where I import them in Premiere
Elements. My previous laptop having a mother board problem, I have searched on the internet what capture board Firewire could be found.
The solution which seems possible is to find a laptop having an express card port, then to buy a Firewire card. But even this
possibility on laptop is not easy to find in France. Macbook seems the most complete solution, but it's Mac.
Personnaly, I use Prem Elem on both systems and it works the same.
Thanks for your response
Are you able to suggust which software? The latest is that the sales people have tried to sell me a product called Roxio Easy VHS to DVD. It uses an RCA cord to connect camcorder to the capture device and then USb into the laptop. i dont want to purchase yet another thing until i know it will work, do you have any knowledge of this product?
you mentioned needing DV AVI type 2 files with 16bit 48khz sound for best editing, is this what i need to be saving the captured video as? or is this the only format in which they will work with premiere? apologies but I am technically challenged and only just learning about videos and editing.
Sorry... I know nothing about going from a tape camera to a USB port
PreElements will edit many types of video... I only suggested the "basic" type that is easy for the program to use
Some information to help you get started
Importing Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1065281
Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1051093
Sharing for Computer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058237
Steve's Basic Training Tutorials... steps are the same for several versions
-and http://prodesigntools.com/four-hours-free-video-tutorials-new-photoshop-elements-9-pse9.ht ml
Another help site http://muvipix.com/ or http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/
Premiere Elements Updates http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=101&platform=Windows
Jerky or slow playback http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1071217
Right click PDF link in the upper right corner and select to save to your hard drive
-the page also has links to help pages for previous versions