An HDV camera is tape, and connects with a Firewire cable
The Vixia (I have the HFS100) stores digital media on a memory card, and connects with USB
Use Windows explorer to copy the entire folder from the camera to your data drive, and import from there
Metadata contained in folder http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1015001?tstart=0
Bill Hunt on project setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/919388?tstart=0
Being new, some more reading
Online User Guide http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html
-Page to download current PDF http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements.html
Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137128
-Sharing to DVD or BluRay http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137645
-Sharing for Movies 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
Copying the whole folder from the camera makes sense - I'll give it a try. Thanks for the reply and the reading material!
No. Copying the folder over using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder is NOT the best way to do this.
You haven't given us enough information about that particular model of camcorder for us to advise you. Is this a tape-based HDV camcorder (in which case you'd capture the video over a FireWire connection) or is it an AVCHD camcorder (in which case you'd connect via USB and use Premiere Elements' Add Media/From Flip or Camera tool to get the video from the camcorder to your computer).
Please have a look at the first two lessons (at least) in my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials for more information on getting your video from your camcorder to your computer. The more you involve Premiere Elements in the process, the more likely the process is to go right.
Hi Steve, the camera is a model HF10. It is NOT tape-based. We use the camera's internal memory to store the video since they're quite large. I'm recording my church's Sunday messages. I'm not sure if the cord is a firewire. Let's just say that it connects to the PC via USB and the connector that plugs into the camera is the same shape as my printer cord and a card reader I have ... pretty much universal. I'd like Premiere Elements to detect the camera itself, but even on the Add Media option for Flip or Camera, it's not detecting it. I sometimes think it's the camera and I'm not using it correctly. This is the only sticking point in the whole process. Once I get past the Add Media part, I'm sailing. I'll look at all tutorials this coming weekend and get back to you. Thanks so much!
Have you ensured that your camcorder is set up properly to interface with a computer?
In my Canon, I had to set my camcorder to playback mode, select Menu and, under the filmstrip tab, make sure my Memory settings referred to the correct memory card.
Steve and John, I was finally able to get back to this. The camera manual specifies that I should be using Pixela Imagemixer 3SE which I don't have. I will ask the owner if he has the software. In the meantime, I think the camcorder is set up to interface with a computer, however, once I plug it into the PC and power it up, the only thing that displays on the camera's screen is the message about not unplugging the USB or power cord or not switching modes. I can't navigate away from that screen. Adobe PE still does not recognize the camera, so I took John's advice and copied the STREAM folder onto the PC. It took 37 minutes. At least I was able to upload the videos I wanted to work on but the camera parses the video into two pieces. I guess Pixela would resolve that. Anyway, still working on this. Will get back to you. Thanks.
You don't need Imagemixer to import this video from the camcorder to your computer. In fact, you're better off using Premiere Elements, if you plan to edit with Premiere Elements.
But ou do need to go into the camcorder's menu while it's in play mode and set it up to port either the cam's hard drive or its SD card to your computer. As I've said, I have one just like it, and this is what you need to do or no program will be able to get the video from the camcorder to your computer.
Hi Steve and John - back again. Had the camera today. I tested the new SD card we bought for it, selected Playback on the camcorder, and selected the card. Premiere Elements recognized the camera as "Video from Flip or Cameras" when the video was on the SD card.
I then tried the same for internal memory. Videos in both places. PE doesn't recognize the camera when the SD card is not in it.
Ultimately, I was able to add the media I wanted from the card. It was still in two files but PE joined them seamlessly. Mission accomplished!
Thanks so much for your suggestions!