If you are capturing video from a miniDV camcorder, you must connect it to your computer with a FireWire (IEEE-1394) connection -- not a USB -- in order to capture the video.
>using a USB cable to upload video
No version of Premiere (Pro or Elements) has ever used USB to capture video from a tape camera, so I have no idea how you were doing what you say you were doing
If all your camera has is USB, does it also have software to use that USB port?
Thanks Steve & John. I changed out computers recently. The new one does not have a firewire connection. I just added the new port and will give it a go. I had used another movie maker software on the other computer. Thanks for taking time to help us that are new to premier.
>new to premier
The Tutorial Links Page http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1275830 may also help
Premiere Elements FAQ List (2 pages of FAQ as of September 2013) http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere_elements/premiere_elements_faq?view=all
Premiere Elements TIPS List (6 pages of Tips as of September 2013) http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere_elements/premiere_elements_tips?view=all