Just so we know for sure, the obvious question: How are you turning off the option to break scenes?
If PrE 8 Capture is still messing up, regardless of you settings, then you might want to look at ScenAlyzer Live (shareware) for doing the Capture.
File system is NTFS, I already have many clips over 2 GB on my drive.
I try to turn off scene detection by un-checking the "Split Scenes" check-box in the capture window, but it still splits the clips.
I've watched it split the clips right during the capture, when "Capture to Timeline" is enabled. The timecode keeps counting right along, so it's not a break in the timecode that's causing it. Each football play, where I've stopped recording with the pause button, then start again at the beginning of the next play, is turned into another scene.
It appears that this problem existed in PE7 as well:
Anything else to consider? It seems like, since Grisetti and Wine Snob have already responded, that this is indeed a bug and I should report it appropriately.
ScenAlyzer Live, here I come...
Downloaded ScenalyzerLive, looks like a great little app, but it's not free shareware, not that I can see. It runs $34. Not a lot of money, but it kinda stinks to have to buy a video capture program because the one I have in PE8 doesn't work properly...
WinDV is a free capture utility that will also work and will capture video that is compatible with Premiere Elements.
SceneAlyzer Live gets great praise. I use it for capturing SD material for editing in PrPro. Many feel that it is the Capture program that Adobe should have included in PrPro (and PrE). For HD material, HDVSplit (freeware) also gets high marks too.
Maybe by the time that PrPro CS5 is released, these programs, or similar, will be part of Premiere.
You mentioned : " Each football play, where I've stopped recording with the pause button, then start again at the beginning of the next play, is turned into another scene."
Do you mean that you have pressed the record button from the capture window in PE8, then pause the capture? After that the tape keeps playing for sometime and then you press the capture button again to get the football footage that you want?
If my understanding is correct, then PE will split the clip at the point that you pause the capture. If you want continuous footage then do not pause the capture and uncheck the split scene option (which you have already done.)
Let me know if I understand your problem correctly or not.
I have been able to work around this problem by first selecting split scenes and hitting play, then rewind and go back and uncheck split scenes and then play and capture and it has worked for me many times. It could just be that it works on the laptop I sometimes use, but it easy enough to try. I shoot soccer games mostly and prefer to edit one 70 minute file rather than 70 one minute files.