I installed CS5 about six weeks ago. I use a JVC Mini DV player (like a VCR) via Firewire to capture video into Premiere. This set up has worked great for years (using earlier versions of Premiere). However, now I'm having difficutly capturing.
Sometimes capture works fine - I pop in a tape, open the capture window, click "Play" (device control works fine) and I'm off and running.
Howver, about half of the time, when I click "Play"...the tape plays - the timecode moves both on the player and in the capture window - but no video appears in the capture window (and there's no audio). I just see a black screen.
I then begin a multi-day process of opening and closing the project, rebooting, turning my mini-dv player on and off, trying different tapes, etc. As part of this ritual, I change the capture preview settings (I generally keep them set to preview audio and video during both capture and playback...but I change the settings....try again...change them back, etc.).
This process goes on for a few days...then - magically - it works again. I have no idea what I did (if anything), but suddenly I can see the video and all is well for a few days. Then, the capture device goes "offline" for no reason (goes offline in Premiere...the device itself is still on)....I get it back "online" and once again I can't see video in the capture window and the process starts over.
What the hell???
Well there could be a number of causes. Here's some random ideas for you to consider:
I hope this helps.
I "second" #2. I had the same issue a while back and the FW cable was screwy. Hope that helps. Funny how a cable that "just sits there" in an edit suite can go south.