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It sounds like your camcorder is in record mode, not passthrough mode. I'm not familiar with Sony, but my camcorders have an option you need to select to be in pass through mode. You will also need to control your VHS player manually - the PC can't control that, so once you click capture, then press play on the VHS deck.
Thanks for the reply, Bob. I hear understand what you're saying and that's why it's so frustrating -- my cam IS in pass through mode and I AM controlling the VCR manually.
This use to work, I transferred our wedding tape to DVD using this same camcorder with the same settings. The only difference is that I am now using a quad-core computer with Vista 64-bit. My old system was XP.
Could there be a setting in PE4 that I'm forgetting about to capture the live stream on the camcorder instead of firing up the tape?
It has to be the camera. Either something is not set right or it has become faulty. My guess is a setting. Go through each one again carefully. What model Sony is it?
I agree - if it were PE then you wouldn't be capturing anything - PE isn't aware that the camera is in pass-through mode or DV Tape mode - it's just digital data coming in. If you can get any video, PE is almost certainly not the problem.
Thanks for the replies, everyone.
My camera model is DCR-PC105.
I can see the VHS playing in real time in the PE preview monitor and on the camera's LCD which tells me that it is, in fact, in pass through mode.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why clicking the capture button invokes the MiniDV instead of capturing the stream. I have done this so many times with my old system but this is the first time using pass through with the new computer.
I'll re-check my settings for 100th time.
You need to change the Device Control setting in Premiere Elements to "none" or it will try to control your video camera and capture from tape.
Go to Edit->Preferences->Device Control
And choose "none" from the pull-down menu.
YES!!! JohnnyO you are the man! That did the trick. I know it was a simple setting.
Wrong again! :(
Dave - don't forget to set it back to DV Device control after you are done or you will not be able to capture f=rom DV tape.
Johnny -- good advice, I made note of the setting change for future reference just in case I forget.
Peter -- no worries. A wrong reply is better than no reply. It helps the troubleshooting process.
Thanks again everyone! Case closed.