If you are connecting to this camcorder via a FireWire connection, capturing your video does not change the video data in any way. It merely streams, unchanged, from the camcorder to your computer until is it broken up into DV-AVI or DV-MOV files.
In other words, nothing Premiere Elements is doing is changing your file. It is the exact video data that was recorded to your miniDV tape.
How are you judging this video's quality? Are you playing it with software, like the VLC Player, or just playing it back on the Premiere Elements timeline?
To answer your second point I'm playing the video back in the Premiere Elements timeline and also in the clip viewer.
To your first point, the capture is perfect into iMovie, so there is nothing wrong with my source content / camera / firewire connectivity - this is just a Premiere Elements problem.
What are your project setttings (under the Edit menu)? If your project settings are matched to your video, you will NOT see yellow lines above the timeline in Expert mode. Is this the case in your project?
You project properties should be set to DV 720x480 and you should NOT see yellow lines above your clips in Expert view.
I don't see any yellow lines in expert view.
The project properties are set to DV 720 x 576 (surely 720 x 480 is NTSC not PAL).
Right-click on the Monitor panel in Premiere Elements and set it to High-Quality display.
That will display it at its highest quality -- but it won't affect the original video file.
As I've said, the video is captured unchanged from a miniDV camcorder if you captured over a FireWire connection. It may not look it, but it is identical to the video that is in your camcorder. You can't make it look any better than that.
Yes, that was the problem Steve. The monitor on automatic quality looks appalling.
Glad I could help!
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