Some additional Info:
IMAC with 200GB free disk space. Running OSX 10.6.8. 2.8 Ghz and 4 GB Ram.
HDV Capture does not show on the Program Monitor, and the only visual that you will have will be on the camera.
Now, many users like HDVSplit (freeware) for Capture, and some feel that it is the Capture module, that Adobe should have gone with.
Not sure why ADOBE cannot manage a view when Final Cut Express can but so be it. How about the other issues I mentioned?
No Timecode capture
Auto analyzer not working
Mpeg files instead of mov files
Also, have you ensured that, when you started your Premiere Elements project, you selected the HDV project settings option?
Some components in the program need to be activated when you first use them, and they won't be until you tell the program you need them.
It was set to HDV 1080i 30
As for the visual monitoring of HDV Capture, I agree. Even PrPro does not have that, but the freeware, HDVSplit does.
Unfortunately HDV Capture is a Windows program and I have a MAC. Guess I can use Imovie or Final Cut Express and then import files into Premiere.
I use HDV camcorder (Sony HC9E) and an old DV one, with PC and Mac.
The specs of PRE indicate you have no preview when capturing HDV, although
this preview is working when you capture DV. You will find this in the help
or if you buy a book on the software.
Time code separation is not possible on HDV with PRE, even if it works with iMovie on Mac.
Where iMovie too is able to preview HDV.
On my PC, the capture with PRE generates MPEG files, as on Mac : I think MPEG is a choice
of the editor.
Unfortunately, as you mention, you can't with iMovie/Mac accept MPEG input, this imposes
a second capture.
A solution to solve this is to capture with iMovie, and I think PRE is able to accept the mov
files as an input. (I will probably test HDVSplit as Bill recommand).
As I see in France, the standard system for video is not really in place. But we have to say it is
because every new standard (AVCHD by example) brings better quality.