I am not familiar with these decks, but -
I read a review on your deck and part of it made me suspect it is Firewire in only - "The IEEE 1394 input cannot be used as a source when performing audio dubs or A/V insert editing, although the IEEE 1394 can be used for a video-only or audio-only insert. If you want to perform an insert edit with audio, you have to use the S-video input and control the deck with the Panasonic 5-pin protocol."
Are you able to capture with Windows MovieMaker or the free utility WinDV? (This will tell us if you have a valid live connection to your computer.)
even I am not familiar with this deck but looks like you are conneting it through a firewire cable. So, is your operating system able to recognize it? Can you elaborate on "AG-DV 2000 deck from the drop down menu but it won't recognize the Firewire connection". Which drop down are you referring to here?
Can I ask how you connected your ag-dv2000 to your computer?
I connect from
the DV In/Out
on the AG-DV2500P
to the DV Input on the computer.
Elements 8, I go to the
Edit Menu, to Preferences, to Device Control, to Options.
A drop down DV/HDV Device Control Settings window
allows me to select:
Video Standard: NTSC
Device Brand: Panasonic
Device Type: AG-DV2500P
Timecode Format: Auto Detect
Check Status reads "Offline" when the AG-DV2500P is connected.
It reads "Online" when an AG-DV2000P machine is connected and
selected as the Device Type in the drop down menu.