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Now, back to Capture from a miniDV tape camera, whether for SD, or HD/HDV. That is a process, which is passing away, as a tapeless workflow takes over the industry. It will likely fade away, at some point, but is still useful for people using legacy hardware for video recording. As I still have miniDV tape cameras, I will be sad to see it go away completely, and will have to use other software (or older versions of Premiere) to do my Capture.
With AVCHD, and any number of other tapeless formats, one does not Capture, so there is really no camera to recognize. One would use Get Media/Add Media, either directly from the camera's card, or after transfer of the card's data to the HDD (Hard Disk Drive), use that function to Import the media data, into the Project. No Capture, per se, is required any longer. Capture was also only possible through a FireWire connection (IEEE-1394a), and not via a USB connection. Most tapeless cameras do not have a FW connection, and USB is only one-way, so there is not way for PrE to even detect the specs. of a camera - though that is not necessary any longer. It's even becoming more difficult to find a computer with a FW-400 connector, whether a Mac, or PC.
I am sorry that you got messed up on Capture, and perhaps Adobe should add a pop-up detailing that it is ONLY for a miniDV tape camera?
Good luck, and glad that you discovered the workflow for getting the media from a tapeless, AVCHD camera.
I have gone through the tutorials (which is yet another series of hoops to jump through just to get Adobe TV working, but I digress), and they barely cover basic functionality (a simple overview of features rather than actually how to DO particular tasks). On one hand I can appreciate the industry's adoption of selling software without user manuals in order to reduce costs and improve environmental impact, but on the other hand it tends to make for steeper learning curves by the users.
The CX430V is a tapeless camera, and I naively was looking in HDV for the camera instead of AVCHD. I still maintain that if a camera is plugged in to the computer's USB port and a user clicks on Get Media, the software should be smart enough to simply prompt for import from camera versus from file system. Why all the camera menus? I mean, really, who is going to have multiple cameras connected up to their computer all at the same time, where you'd need to differentiate between the different devices? (Definitely the minority group of users there.)
I think I'm going to switch over to Final Cut Pro. It looks like it might be easier to use (designed for Mac, rather than designed for PC but hey we have this Mac version for you other guys) and also looks like it has more features. Then I hopefully won't also have a bouncing icon on the Dock every 5 minutes while it's idle in the background. (Really, the icon bounces once roughly every 5 minutes of non-use, trying to regain attention. None of my other background applications have this vanity complex...)
I agree about the lack of manuals, but that is how the software world is going - I miss my manuals badly.
I highly recommend Steve Grisetti's excellent books on PrE (and PsE, plus some other programs), and also both his Basic Training and Learning Series - they make up for a lack of manuals. Links, plus more, in this Tips & Tricks article: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3953827#3953827
For some background on FCPx, this thread might be useful: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3778001#3778001
As for comparing FCPx and PrE, there should be differences, and also more power, as one is speaking of a US $1,300 program vs a US $100 program. I would hope that there is much more to FCPx, than PrE.
We bought PsE for its wonderful feature set, and have yet to edit a single photo with it. Can't get past the dumb "Organizer" concept. (I shouldn't have to add a photo to some abstract "organizer" simply to edit it, but PsE seems to insist on it. It also suffers from the same non-intuitive user-interface.) I use Gimp for all my photo editing, which is more user-friendly and has a better price tag.
FCPx is a $299 download from the App store (with a free trial version to test it out), so I don't know where you're getting $1,300 from?
It appears that you are talking about two different Adobe products: Photoshop Elements (Image editor), and Premiere Elements (Video editor). Both use the Elements Organizer for media organization, and some other operations.
As for the price of FCPx, this is the link: http://www.mychoicesoftware.com/apple-final-cut-studio-retail-box/?ref=lexity&_vs=google&_ vm=productsearch&adtype=pla&gclid=CKD9_MjWv7wCFQ-DfgodT2YAbg
I rounded down to US $1,300, when the price is basically US $1,400. Not sure what you are getting from the Apple Apps Store?
We bought both applications at the same time, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. I've been able to edit video projects in Premier without needing to use an organizer. Photoshop will not launch without the Organizer like Premier does.
That link is for Final Cut Pro Studio, which includes FPC7 (not X), Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, DVD Studio Pro 4, DVDs, and printed documentation. FCP from the Apps Store for $299 is just FCP-X (10) standalone (none of the other bundled software).
Thanks for your replies, but after researching and comparing all morning I've decided to use Final Cut Pro X for my project rather than Premier Elements.
I have just seen your thread. It would appear that your decisions have been made. If so, success with your video editing project.
If you want to work through troubleshooting of the Sony video and Premiere Elements 10 with me, I would be glad for the opportunity to be of assistance. But, such would require exchanges of information with follow ups until we both conclude "mission possible" or "mission impossible". Just looking at your situation in print, you should have a workable situation at least with the files saved to the computer hard drive.