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The method for importing or capturing clips in Premiere Pro and Elements are virtually identical.
The format that both programs work best with are also pretty much identical. Whenever possible you want your files to be in DV format (DV-AVI)
You can use MPEGStreamclip (free program) to convert the MPEG files from your Sony hard disk camcorder to DV-AVI. The converted files will work perfectly in Premiere Pro or Elements with very little if any quality loss.