Set the firewire driver to Legacy, see if that will let you capture with E11.
HDV camera's dont do memory cards, they work with mini dv tape.
Sorry about the incomplete post. This is as far as I get after selecting DV camera for get media. I am unable to select anything on that screen shot. The file location selection dialog box will eventually populate on the right side but as soon as I select it the same thing happens. The progress indicator keeps spinning. The print is small but the message on the right indicates that my current camera settings are different from my project settings.
I didn't think the legacy driver was my problem considering that I can capture video from the same camera with the same firewire connection using Windows Movie Maker.
Well, you can take our advice or not, I guess.
Please do not misinterpret what I stated above. I took your advice and switched to the Legacy driver. Unfortunately that was not my problem. I would like to get this to work but the issue only arises when I selct mini DV camera as the capture source. Any idea why it would work with Movie Maker and not PE11? Is it possible that my camera the Sony TRV17 is not recognized by the program?
I was hoping that this was a more common issue and that someone else had experienced it.
No. There is no reason this should not work if you're connected by FireWire and you've got your camcorder set to VTR. The beauty of miniDV and a FireWire connection is that the driver is universal. All miniDV and Digital8 camcorders use it exactly the same way.
I'm going to assume you really are connected by IEEE1394 and not a USB connection.
Occasionally there are issues with other software interferring. Nero, for instance, has been known to monopolize control of disc burner drives and, once in a while, Firewire connections. But that's pretty rare. And MovieMaker never conflicts with other programs.
Meantime, try this: Download this free program and see if you can capture with it.
At the very least, that will tell us that your Firewire connection is working. And, worst case, you can use it to capture your video (Many people prefer it, in fact) and it will save your video as DV-AVIs that are perfectly compatible with Premiere Elements.