What model of camcorder is your video coming from and how did you get it into your computer?
When you started your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select? If your project settings perfectly match your source video, there should not be a red line above the video on your timeline until you add effects to it. Is that the case in your project?
I am using a Canon Optura 60 camcoder with firewire cable.I just uses the default setting that comes up when you click new project.
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Go to Edit/Project Settings (the settings will be grayed-out) and ensure that your project is set up for DV 720x480 or, if you are using PAL video, 720x576.
Have you checked to see if there is a red line above the clips as you add them to your timeline?
Your camcorder should easily work with the program, assuming you used Premiere Elements to capture the video. Did you?
One possible issue. Version 4 was designed for Vista. It may have problems on Windows 7 64-bit. Have you considered upgrading to version 10?