4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 5, 2009 1:16 AM by i_dream_of_jeannie

    Camcorder for Premiere Elements


      I am looking for a sub $1000 dollar camcorder that saves to card media in SD that I can be confident will work well with Premiere Elements 7.  Whatever codec the camera uses to compress shouldn'r give Premiere Elements problems.  I would love to hear suggestions.  For an educational documentary project.  Thanks

        • 1. Re: Camcorder for Premiere Elements
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          The ideal camcorders for interfacing with Premiere Elements are tape-based, bh. That would be either miniDV, for standard definition video, or HDV, for hi-definition video. And terrific camcorders at that price are available for well under that price.


          Is there are reason you are sold on a camcorder that saves to a media card? There are a number of liabilities to that format, and working with that type of video can mean you'll need a much more powerful computer -- depending on whether you're looking for a standard definition or hi-definition camera.

          • 2. Re: Camcorder for Premiere Elements
            bhg Level 1

            Part of the reason for posting was to see if it was possible to find a happy medium between the convenience of capturing footage to hard drive with the added cpu requirements (the comps in the classroom are a bit old)  Your reply steers me towards the direction on Mini DV.  Is there a suggestion fro a Mini Dv camera sub $1000?


            • 3. Re: Camcorder for Premiere Elements
              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

              Actually, you'll be hard pressed to find a miniDV that costs more than $400!


              Although they've fallen out of favor with the general public (who like the convenience of hard drive and flash cams), video editors know the truth: It's far and away the easiest format for interfacing with a computer. And that goes for Macs as well as PCs.


              Actually, I was being just a bit facetious when I said you'd be hard pressed to find a miniDV under $400. There are prosumer units (like the Canon XL series) that start at $1,000.


              But you'll get great results with a mid-level Sony, Panasonic or Canon! And those can be had for between $200 and $400. Don't be afraid to buy a discontinued or even refurbished model on Amazon. They can be great deals!


              In my experience, Sonys give the best low-light performance and value.

              • 4. Re: Camcorder for Premiere Elements
                i_dream_of_jeannie Level 1

                If you want to go for a miniDv camera, you can buy a Sony DCR-HC96 or a Canon ZR-series. These are available for less than $1000 and should work well with Premiere Elements.