Our company recently uninstalled QuickTime from all computers in our environment due to the security vulnerability reported with Apple no longer providing updates for QuickTime on Windows. Since we removed QuickTime from the environment, users who have Adobe Premiere Elements receive the "Generic Importer Error" when attempting to import new files for editing. I've chalked this up to no longer having QuickTime on the machines, is there an alternative to QuickTime?
We are running Windows 7 64-bit
Adobe Premiere Elements 12
Videos are being recorded with a Casio Exlim EX-F1 camera
That is correct. You will not be able to edit Quicktime files on a Windows computer without Quicktime installed.
Currently there is not an alternative -- which is driving lots of Windows-based video editors nuts. And it's not limited to Adobe software.
One solution is to leave Quicktime installed and never use the player -- or to disable the player by changing the QuicktimePlayer.exe file's name to QuicktimePlayer.OLD.
But, for now, all we can do is wait out a solution. Or submit to Apple's hostage-holding.
We had a discussion about it over on the After Effects forum as well. I'd recommend just installing QuickTime without the player. That way you have the components you need to actually do video work, but you don't have the player/web vulnerability. A couple of different suggestions over there.