DVD and SVCD or not the same, although both are characterized by MPEG2 video compression.
Premiere Elements capture is best done with a firewire connection and the Canopus product (firewire) is often
recommended as the capture device. One example
What are you doing...
a. Capturing the VHS content to the computer (via the Diamond vc500 and USB connection) and expecting the Premiere Elements 12 Capture Window to open.
b. Capturing the VHS content to computer (via the Diamond vc500 and USB connection and EZ grabber) to obtain an .avi file on your computer and then trying to import that into Premiere Elements with its Add Media/Files and Folders?
If "b", what type of .avi do you have....avi is only a wrapper format - what is the video compression for this .avi file?
Please review and fill in the gaps. Then we can decide what next.
The answer is B.
Capturing the VHS content to computer (via the Diamond vc500 and USB connection and EZ grabber) to obtain an .avi file on your computer and then trying to import that into Premiere Elements with its Add Media/Files and Folders?
When I do that, the Adobe premiere elements 12 crashes or only loads a 2 mins of video.
The firewire connection device "Canopus" product sounds great. But I really don't want to spend that much on my home videos. My PC does not have a Firewire connection. So add a new card for that and the Canopus product. I could just pay someone to do my VHS tapes.
Diamond vc500 $35
Adobe premiere elements 12 $65
Firewire card $50 plus
$330 is way too much for simple home VHS videos
Let us put aside the capturing device and USB for the moment and focus on what you have put on the computer hard drive.
It is important for us to confirm what type of .avi you have. Two major considerations here....
a. Video compression...please run your video through the GSpot codec utility and let us know what it shows for Video Codec, Name, and Status.
b. If DV AVI, whether DV AVI type 1 or type 2.
Premiere Elements has problems with DV AVI type 1. So, you may be forced to convert the DV AVI type 1 into DV AVI type 2.
You can do that easily with the free program named DVDate.
You issue may just be the video compression that is being wrapped with that .avi format. Let us see.
The Gspot is saying
Video Codec - UYVY
Name - UYVY (packed 4:2:2
Status - No Codec Required
All these video compression formats and codecs. Its really crazy.
Its like I need a format to record or capture in, format to save in, format for archiving. The format I use to save might not be good for re-editing VHS tapes videos which are not that great to start with.
Meaning the re-compression will make them worse. Than burning to DVD will need a compression format.
Thanks for the additional troubleshooting information related to your avi files that will not import into Premiere Elements 12.
What did the GSpot readout give for Audio Codec, Name, and Status?
From all that I have read and just tried, Premiere Elements 12 should be supporting the import of "Uncompressed UYVY 422 8 bit.avi".
What I did was to export a Premiere Elements 12 Timeline to Publish+Share/Computer/AVI with Presets = NTSC DV Widescreen and then under the Advanced Button/Video Tab changed the Video Codec to Uncompressed UYVY 422 8 bit. Then I took that export and successfully imported that into a Premiere Elements 12 project. (The Audio in the Premiere Elements export area is described as Uncompressed Stereo 16 bit 48000 Hz. The GSpot readout program gives PCM Audio Stereo 48000 Hz).
What alternative choices do you have for your .avi file from the EZ grabber? Any chance it offers DV AVI type 2? If so, could you give the DV AVI type 2 a try to determine if that will allow you to import your file into Premiere Elements 12?
Another alternative, now for troubleshooting purposes, is to convert your current UYVY.avi into DV AVI with some alternative software (MPEG Streamclip or other) before import into Premiere Elements.
Right now, let us focus on finding a format for your particular video file that will import into Premiere Elements and then we can fine tune accordingly after that.