Not sure what I am doing wrong but from the project panel I select get media and when I do it says I should use the video importer to do this? I thought I should use the get media icon when I am getting video from my camera or SD card.
Does the program know what settings were used when recording the video automatically or must I set this somewhere in the program?
You need to know which format and specs your video is before you even begin, wallstreet. And, when you begin your Premiere Elements project, you need to make sure you set it up for that particular video.
The Get Media panel includes a number of tools for getting your video. If your video is coming from a tape-based camcorder, a capture workspace will open. If your video is coming from a hard drive camcorder or similar device, the Video Importer will open. And, if you are browsing to add video or other media already on your computer, Windows Explorer or the Finder will open.
My books explain how to get every kind of media, step by step. http://Muvipix.com/pe10.php
But I also cover how to set up a project and get your media in my free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series.