I have some mini DV tapes, recorded on a Panasonic NV-GS75EB camcorder. With my old version of Elements I used to be able to capture video from it , but with Elements 11 it no longer seems to recognize the device. I use Windows 7 home premium. The camcorder is connected to the PC with a USB 2 lead.
Windows 7 is the problem. It has a defective FireWire driver.
Open the Windows Device Manager and right-click on the driver for the IEEE-1384. Go to the Driver tab and set Windows to use the Legacy Driver.
Once you've done this and reboot, you should be able to attach your camcorder via FireWire and capture video using Add Media/From DV Camcorder.