Premiere Pro brings media into a project in two ways: capturing and importing. Capturing refers to transferring video and/or audio to your hard drive from a video device, such as a camcorder, and making that file available to the project in the Project window. Importing is when a file already exists on your hard drive and you simply want to make it available to your project through a link in the Project window.
Opening the Capture Window
Press F5 or select Capture from the File pulldown menu. The Capture dialogue will open. In the upper right corner of the screen, you will see two tabs: one labeled Logging and one labeled Settings.