One other detail -- when I plug the Sony HDR CX100 into the PC and open PE9 (finally got it working) and do "Get Media", "From DV or HDV Camcorder" it says no device is recoginzed? Seems odd to me... the Sony PMB program finds the camera right away, so its not a hardware issue... ideas?
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Capture, is only available through FireWire from miniDV tape cameras.
It appears that your Sony shoots AVCHD, so you will want to set up an AVCHD Project. Over the USB connections, you can Copy your files to your system, and then Import those files via Get Media>Folder & Files.
Bill is right. Except for two things:
1) You can capture any tape-based digital video -- which includes both miniDV and HDV. But, as Bill says, your camcorder is neither.
2) I'd recommend that, to get the video from your camcorder, you connect your camcorder to your computer and use Premiere Elements' Get Media/From Flip, AVCHD or Camcorder to open the Video Importer, a tool for transfering video from your camcorder to your computer.
And don't forget to ensure that your Premiere Elements project is set up to work with your video format or you'll have all sorts of trouble later!
Have a look at my free 8-part Basic Training tutorial series at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com for more information.
Thanks... you and Hunt are both correct... don't knoiw why it did not occur to me that my camera is more like Flip... AVCHD is correct... import test directly into a PE9 project no problem (after my IT guy solved the Z drive problem that plagues me...see this thread for discussion on that topic... http://www.elementsvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265
One detailed question... you recommended that I make sure my project settings match... my Sony manual says that full HD is "AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i" literally copied from the manual. The PE9 choice for AVCHD is "Full HD 1080i 30". Not sure what the difference is...30 fps vs 60? (doesn't seem right).
I ran a quick test, but could only preview on my laptop monitor... the import worked fine... the video plays fine... but will it be OK, especially after editing, creating a DVD, etc?
My other option is to use Sony PMB to import and then do a conversion to mpeg... but I assume this will sacrifice some quality. advice? or pointers where I can learn more?
Glad that you found the right Project Preset for you camera.
60i, by the way, is 30 fps -- since 60 interlaced frames creates 30 (actually 29.97) full frames per second. So it sounds as though you've found the correct preset.
Remember, the test is to place your video on the timeline. If it appears without a red line above it, you've selected the correct project settings.
I have a Sony HDR CX350 that connects the same as yours via USB.
For convenience I use PMB to get the video from the camera to a file then select "from file" in PE9 rather than import it.
PMB has a very easy way of organising, previewing and selecting the files you need from many that may be in your camera.Better than PE9's
Using Windows explorer (PC) you can actually see the files in your camera as though it was an extra USB removable drive without even having PMB.
You can simply copy and paste them to a folder on your hard disk.
The quality is the same either way.
Dont convert them to any other format otherwise you loose quality.