I am using Premiere Elements 11 and 13 and capturing my MiniDV tapes over 4-pin Firewire cables. The software is installed on Windows 7 with the latest patches.
I've discovered that some captured tapes playback all the way without any issues using Windows Media Player. However, I've discovered most captured (AVI) files will play for anywhere around 2 seconds to 10 seconds before the dreaded codec issue warning and no longer plays the file.
I've tried recapturing a couple good ones and even the ones with capture problems. And now they all seem to have a codec issue.
I've even tried a different MiniDV camcorder w/Firewire. Same types of results.
In the past, I've had no problems capturing video over firewire using the same computer and camcorder.
Could it be a cabling issue or the age of the tapes? The tapes age ranges from 6 to 10 years.
Anyone know what's going on or how to fix this issue?
Premiere Elements 13/13.1 does not have the DV and HDV capture feature anymore. Are you using the Adobe described workaround for 13/13.1? The last version that has this feature is 12/12.1.
Since you mentioned AVI captures, I am assuming that you are focused on DV data capture firewire into the Premiere Elements Capture Window (available in 11, but not 13/13.1).
If so, consider doing the capture firewire into Movie Maker and see if that works for you. That might be expected to answer your questions about old tapes and firewire cable.
Please review and consider.