Not a big deal capturing the whole movie as a whole. Just double click the movie from your bin, to bring it in the preview window and then mark an "in" and an "out" on your footage. Then just drag that video back to the bin, and PP makes a "sub-clip" for you. Mind you, this is just a link to your original "full" movie. If you want to export for your f-i-l, just bring that clip down to the timeline and do an export to your file of choice.
Hope that helps,
I have been searching various forums and helps for an answer to my dilemma, but so far have not stumbled upon the answer.
You forgot the one thing that would have given you the answer, the one place all users new to PP should start before actually using the software on a project - the Help file.
Once you know how to use the program, you will know how to perform this task.
He did state that he is a novice, which we all were at one point. Cut the guy some slack...geeez
Easiest way is with the razor tool. Just move the red line (position marker) to where you want and cut it. Once you have it cut into seperate clips you can add extra sequences and then cut and paste each piece into a new sequence.
Easiest way actually... is to set in and out points from the Source Monitor. Insert to Sequence then Export
Thanks for your response. (Including your defense of "the novice" ). I had looked through the sections of the Help file that I thought pertained to this task, but I will admit I did not read the Help file cover to cover - - - so I am willing to accept Jim's criticism to that extent.
Just to be clear, what I want to be able to send to my f-i-l, is a "raw data" file that he can import to his project. He is working with Premiere Elements 7, so I want to be careful not to ultimately send him something he has difficulty working with. And furthermore, he is a great-grandfather many times over, so the fact that he is even tackling a video-based family history project of the magnitude he is doing, is something I admire and don't want to add confusion.....I am his "Help Desk" for most computer matters, so if I send him an exported video file, fully rendered and encoded etc., and expect him to "rip" it back to a format where he can edit it and put it into his project ....... well, I see trouble on the horizon.
So I'll try your suggestion and hopefully by your comment to "....export to file of your choice...." will allow me to basically send him a *.mov, or *.avi type of file that he can simply import with no additional requirements of decoding or whatever.
Again, thank you, as well as others who have replied. I will reply again, in due course, with an update of my progress, or lack thereof!!