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The first question, and listed in that linked FAQ Entry, is, does Windows recognize your camera, when plugged in? Do you get the "bing-bong," when you connect and turn the camera on? If so, then please follow the steps and suggestions in the FAQ Entry.
Thanks for all replies to my query.
I do get the windows "bing-bong" when the camcorder is connected to the laptop.
Unfortunately Premiere Elements does not recognize the camcorder.
The FAQ helped because it pointed me to WinDV, which I have tried and was able to successfully capture video from the camcorder with this free software. WinDV creates .avi files, which I assume will work with Premiere Elements.
Thanks again for your help.
Glad that you are able to capture.
Two other programs for doing captures from cameras, that come highly recommended are SceneAlyzer Live (shareware for SD material), and HDVSplit (freeware for HD material). Many feel that these two should have been incorporated into PrE and PrPro, as they feel that they are better than what is included, even when the camera is recognized. You might want to give them a look. I have SceneAlyzer Live, and love it. I do not do HD work, but if I did, I'd definitely use HDVSplit.