I think the answer is no, I DON'T have to have EVERYTHING in the Premiere Pro sequence that I'm sending to Encore completely rendered as I don't think I see any problems BUT am I missing something?
Thanks in advance for guidance here.
Yes, I'm using Dynamic Link. Sorry but I don't understand the transcoding term. By render, from my point of view, I'm basically getting a green line above everything.
Sometimes, when I walk away from the machine for an hour+ the external drive I have goes to sleep. When I come back the (Mac) OS complains I've ejected the drive and seems to discard practically all the rendering I've done in the past. A second later the drive is spinning but the render files from that stage are ignored. Rather than go through and re-render all the sequences that make up the project I was wondering if this is really necessary?
Moral: don't walk away! Ha, ha!
All rendering does is create preview files. This helps realtime playback. In the end, you don't want to use those when you transcode (create the actual file that will be used as the final product).
Dynamic link simply creates a link to one of the PR sequences, and when it is time to create the DVD format, Encore (or since CS5 you have the option for Adobe Media Encoder) will transcode the PR sequence into a file that EN will use to "build" the disk.
You need to look at some of the threads on Macs and external drives. Sorry, can't point you to a specific one, but I suspect someone else can.
Edit: Here's a post that explains a bit of this differently. There are lots of particulars, and you have the choice of using your preview files. But the prevailing wisdom is that you get better quality if you use "maximum render quality" which does not use old preview files.