What version of Premiere Elements and on what computer operating system?
It would appear that your Canon XH A1 is a mini DV camcorder. Is that correct?
If so and you are using Premiere Elements 13/13.1, be advised that Premiere Elements 13/13.1 no
long has the DV and HDV data capture firewire into the Premiere Elements Capture Window feature.
The last Premiere Elements version that has this feature is 12/12.1.
Adobe has a document that suggests workaround for the 13/13.1 situation, Have you read it?
Other capturing programs suggested by some include
HDVSplit HDVSplit 0.77 beta
Any questions or need clarification about the above, please do not hesitate to ask.