How are you capturing this Hi8 (analog) video?
The Hi8 tape is read by a Sony GVD-200 Digital-8 Walkman, which connects to the computer via firewire. PE8 encodes the video with Codec 4CC dvsd at a frame rate of 29.971 fps and audio with PCM Stereo at 48 kHz.
I think you're telling me you're using a backwards compatible Digital8 camcorder to capture your video as DV-AVIs. Is that right? Are you using Premiere Elements to do this capturing? If not, which program are you using?
If you are capturing your video from a Digital8 camcorder with Premiere Elements, then no additional codecs are being imposed on the video. The DV video is being streamed into your computer as pure video data, and your capture program is merely encapsulating it as AVIs.
One way to check this is to open a video clip in Windows Media Player. Go to the File menu and select Properties. It should show a standard DV codec being used for your video and audio.
"I think you're telling me you're using a backwards compatible Digital8 camcorder to capture your video as DV-AVIs. Is that right?" YES
"Are you using Premiere Elements to do this capturing?" YES, AS ABOVE PE8
"Go to the File menu and select Properties. It should show a standard DV codec being used for your video and audio."
WMP v12 is dumb. Under properties, media, it says 'video.' However, avidemux gave me the information state above: video -- Codec 4CC: dvsd, frame rate: 29.971 fps; audio -- codec: PCM, channels: Stereo, frequency: 48 kHz.
So, back to the Questions:
1. Why doesn’t the source monitor play the video? Is this a problem with PE8 (latest update as of 3 March 2011) on aWIN7 64 bit computer (intel duo core. 3 GHz).
2. Is the audio-video sync problem the result of the ‘dropped frames?’ How can PE8 correct this? Avoid this? Or, is it coincidence?
There is no reason this should not be working -- assuming you've got the latest version of Quicktime and that you've gone to the nVidia or ATI site and manually updated your graphics card's firmware.
It's possible that Windows 7 64-bit has problems with its FireWire drivers, and some have suggested swapping in the legacy drivers.
But other than that, there is no clear explanation for what's going on on your system, unless there's something you haven't told me that I'm not seeing.
Sorry I can't be of more help.