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Well, one is as good as the other. (Though Toshiba and Panasonic are probably the more reliable brands.)
Although importing video from DVDs is probably not the best way to work with Premiere Elements. (It involves lots of rendering and some other special considerations.)
The ideal solution is a DV bridge, like the ADS Pyro AV Link. This device takes any input (camcorder, DVR player, DVD player, whatever) and ports it into your computer as DV-AVIs, the ideal format for use with this program. You can pick one up for about $100-150.
Here's more information on DV bridges, from the FAQs at the top of this forum.
Hi Steve, thanks for the tip. I will definitely consider the ADS Pyro AV Link. However, the problem with that is that my DVD recorder and my computer are not in the same room, and it's a mighty hassle to carry it back and forth. That's why I prefer ripping from DVD. My Philips machines worked flawlessly in that respect.
It's a shame that my Panasonic doesn't work with PE, because otherwise it's a good machine (though it won't do auto chapters).
What problem are you having importing from your Panasonic DVD. I also have a Panasonic DVD Recorder that I capture TV and Camcorder videos on then burn them on a DVD. When I RIP them into Premier I get only short clips from each VOB file but not the entire section. I was wondering if this is the same issue you are having??
You can overcome that issue by using this technique for combiining the VOB files before bringing them into PE7:
I use the DMR-ES15. What Panasonic do you use? The issue I am experiencing is that when I import the dvd video into PE, the entire bottom half of the screen is completely green, like a chroma key backdrop or something.
Thank you Paul LS
That worked perfectly.