Capture is not done through your graphics card. It's done from a tape-based camcorder over your FireWire connection.
However, this isn't a tape-based camcorder. It downloads its video into your computer via a USB connection. You don't say what your computer specs are, but generally you need a quad core or i7 processor to edit AVCHD to any degree in Premiere Elements. That would be the only caveat, if you're considering this program.
The second is that this camcorder shoots in 50p/60p, a frame rate that Premiere Elements does not support well.
Sometimes these cams allow you to shoot in 50i/60i as an alternative. So check with detailed specs or have your salesman check the manual. But DO NOT BUY THIS CAMCORDER IF IT ONLY SHOOTS IN 50p/60p IF YOU PLAN TO EDIT WITH PREMIERE ELEMENTS! It will only lead to headaches, in my experience.
It appears from these specs that this camcorder can be set to shoot in 50i/60i frames. If you only shoot your video in this format, you should be able to work with it in Premiere Elements.
However, as I said above, I wouldn't recommend your trying to edit AVCHD on a computer with less than a quad core or i7 processor.
If you're interested, my books and my free 8-part Basic Training tutorial series on Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com may be of help with the basics.
Hope that helps!
All versions of Premiere and Premiere Elements ONLY connect to a camera via Firewire
For USB cameras, you use Windows Explorer (or whatever the function is called on a Mac) to copy the folder from the camera to the computer hard drive, then import into PreEl from the hard drive
Just FYI - you should have at least TWO hard drives (separate physical drives, never a partition) so you have Windows (or MAC OS) and all software on your boot drive, and video files on the 2nd drive
Also FYI - no version of Premiere uses crossfire
Just to clarify though, John, hard drive and Flash drive camcorders DO connect to your computer via USB. However, you do not capture video from these camcorders. You download it using Premiere Elements' Video Importer.
Thanks. That has been very helpful. My PC
has an 8 core I7 process
or 2.8 GHz and
8 Gb memory
Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the new Sony HD camcorders also use 1080p as a recording format.
Yes, some of them do. But most consumer editing software can only edit full 1920x1080 AVCHD in 50i/60i (interlaced frames) -- so ensure that your camcorder has the option to shoot in that format.
Otherwise, you've certainly got more than enough power to work with it!
One question comes to mind and that is if Panasonic and Sony are both now using 1080p why hasn't Adobe updated their software to enable this format?
It looks as if they are behind the curve on this one.
This note is from the Premiere Pro forum, but explain some of why
1080/50p or 1080/60p NOT to BluRay http://forums.adobe.com/message/3636265
-Premiere Pro will edit, but NOT part of the BluRay specification