I started by using Premiere Elements to work with a non-HD video from my HV20. The captured video quality was poor (picture dark, lots of artifacts and generally unacceptable). I downloaded the Premier Pro CS3 trial software (thinking the Pro version would be superior) and had similarly poor results. During the capture, the preview looks fine, but once I add the clip to the time line, playback is awful (both versions). Even after rendering and exporting, quality does not improve. Frustrated, I download the trial of Vegas, and without any adjustments, the video capture, plays back perfectly. I get the quality I was expecting.
I cannot figure out why there is a night/day difference between the two programs (PP - Vegas). Any suggestions on how to "adjust" PP to get it to function "properly"? I have to believe this is some type of configuration issue and not just PP limitations. Thanks.