Although you did not say, are you trying to use Premiere Elements 13 on Mac? I am assuming Yes in what follows.
As said, Premiere Elements 13 Mac or Windows no longer has the DV and HDV capture firewire into Premiere Elements Capture Window. There are the Adobe workarounds cited in the Adobe document already given to you.
I am strictly an Elements Windows users, but, from what I have read, iMovie is an excellent choice to get excellent results from DV capture firewire.
What do the captures look like in the iMovie Timeline? And, in what format are they....DV.mov standard or widescreen? If the captures look good in iMovie, they should look good in Premiere Elements, provided you have set up your Premiere Elements project settings correctly. You should explore that possibility.
If you are bring the iMovie captures into Premiere Element 13 Mac
1. Have you updated 13 to 13.1 yet using an opened projects Help Menu/Updates? If not, please do so.
2. What are you bringing into Premiere Elements 13/13.1 - DV.mov standard or widescreen? And, what are you
or the project setting as the project settings beforehand? Please confirm by looking at the readings for Editing Mode, Timebase, Frame Size, and Pixel Aspect Ratio under Edit Menu/Project Settings/General. If the Editing Mode is 1080i, you have the wrong project settings for your DV.mov source.
Let us start here and then decide what next. I will provide you with detailed and customized how to in this thread based on the details in your reply.
It does look like the project settings are in 1080i, at the moment it is not letting me change that.
Thanks for the reply.
The Edit Menu/Project Settings/General does not allow you to make significant changes in the project settings once the project preset has been established by the program (automatically) or you (manually). But that Project Settings/General area does allow you to see what has been set. For Premiere Elements 13, you cannot change the project presets once established. You are forced to start a new project in order to set the correct project preset. In earlier versions, there was a way to change project settings without starting a new project.
This is what you need to do.
1. Start a new project. Open Premiere Elements 13/13.1 to its Expert workspace, and go to File Menu/New/Project and Change Settings.
2. In Change Settings, set the project preset as applicable
NTSC DV Standard
NTSC DV Widescreen
PAL DV Standard
PAL DV Widescreen
Then OK out of there.
3. In the New Project dialog that opens, rename the project, and make sure to have a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting On This Project". Then OK out of there.
4. Back in the Expert workspace, import your DV.mov into the project, using the project's Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag the DV.mov to the Timeline.
There should be no colored line over the Timeline content. You should be seeing the best possible preview of your Timeline content under this condition. Once you start editing the content, you will then have an orange line over the edited content (means you are no longer seeing the best possible preview, and, to get that, press the Render button above the Timeline. When the Timeline render is complete, the orange line turns green. This green orange green cycle exists for all edits.
Please review and consider, and then we will decide what next based on the details of your reply.
Okay, I did manage to change the project settings but the footage still looked compressed. I went into iMovie and noticed that it looks compressed there too. Is there a way to change the capture settings in iMovie?
Please check out around page 36 of this iMovie Help PDF
Do you have any doubts about the properties of the original captures - DV data (4:3 or 16:9) or HDV data?
We will be watching for further developments.
Pretty sure it's DV, I shot most of it using the 16x9 feature on the
camera, but a few segments in 4x3.
Depending on how things progress, you may want to verify the video properties in a video audio properties readout program.
The free MediaInfo (Tree View) is good for this purpose. But, you have to be careful with the download and install choices so that you do not get hit with unwanted baggage that comes along with MediaInfo. MediaInfo does have a Mac version.