You capture (not import) from a tape (camera or VCR) into the Firewire port on your computer... from a digital tape/camera it is a direct file transfer... for a VHS tape you need a digitizing device, such as Amazon.com: Grass Valley/Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter: Computers & Accessories
The ADVC110 will convert the analog VCR signal to a digital signal, which is saved on your hard drive as an AVI file... which you may then use for editing and creating a DVD
The Elements Tutorial Links Page http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1275830 may also help
Thanks for your reply.
We already have a new converter. Oh, right, that's useful to know that it is an AVI file. So when Premier Elements is capturing it, I would choose DV Camcorder from the 'Add Media' menu, is that right?
If 4:3 standard, then BEFORE you start the Premiere Elements 11 DV data capture firewire into the Premiere Elements 11 Capture Windows, manually set the project preset to NTSC or PAL DV Standard. Then use Premiere Elements 11 Add Media/DV Camcorder, and move forward with the capture.
The manual setting of the project preset is done....
- Open the project to the Expert workspace, and go to File Menu/New Project and Change Settings.
- In Change Settings, set the project preset to match the properties of the source media. OK out of there.
- 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". OK out of there.
Is a Windows or Mac computer involved? If you do the DV data capture firewire into Mac, you will have DV.mov on the Timeline. And, if Windows is involved, you will have DV.avi on the Timeline.
Any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.
Many thanks for your explanation and link - I will take a look at it now.
It's Windows 7 and the project preset will be PAL.
Thanks again for your advice.
Thanks for the reply.
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