I am starting my first my project using Premiere, Audition and Encore 1.5. I have done some editing before and am now familiar with the Premiere and Audition, but this is the time I will be taking a large project by the horns and making a DVD out of it. I have about 50 GBs of video (in avi format) that I am going to whittle down about 45 minutes of rough footage, add the usual sound and visual effects and then burn to DVD which will be seen in a half dozen schools in 3 different countries. Needless to say, I don't want to screw it up I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer and if anyone has any other important tips please let me know.
1. Audio: The source audio is 32000 hz 16 bit stereo which has been conformed to 32 bit floating. The sound effects I will put into the movie are in a variety of formats, sampling rates etc. Is there any benefit in batch converting my sound effects files to 32000 32 bit floating beforehand? I know it will have a postive effect on any sound editing I do in Audition, but my main concern is having everything in the same format to start with. The less that has to be converted the better in my book.
2. File/ Project location: Project files, titles etc are put in the Premiere folder automatically and I assume that is the best place for them. I have a 40 Gb ATA 100 system/application drive (75% percent full at the moment) and a 120 GB ATA 133 drive (60% full) for the video which also has the sound effect files. None of the drives will be getting any fuller during the project and I am going to clean them out as much as I can before starting. Are the files where they need to be?
3. Projects/Sequences: I have planned to edit the film in about 5 minute sequences which has worked well for me in the past and will keep things neater. When I am finished each project, I will encode it and I will about 8-10 5-minute files that I can easily make into chapters in Encore. Is this how you do it or is there an easier way?
All of the usual tweaks will be done (frequent defrags, tweaking services.msc etc) but if you have any tips particular to the Adobe products listed above I am all ears.