If you are creating 17 how to videos and they are longer than just a few seconds you probably want to do most of the work in Premiere Pro. AE is designed to create shots or short sequences and it's a lousy editing cool. Use Abfter Effects for only the things you cannot do in Premiere.
Neither of these apps require or change the assets you use the projects. You're spending a lot of time worrying about something that is going to be an extremely small part of your production workflow.
Thanks Rick for the response but that wasn't what I was looking for. All the how to videos are motion graphics based so Premiere Pro won't really integrate into the workflow whatsoever as whatever I'll need to do Premiere Pro can't do.
I still am looking for the question I asked in the 4th paragraph as it's something I've always looked for for the past few years of full tiem AE work. Would help a lot
VMS studio wrote:
Is there also a way to have placeholder file that will look for the file in a folder? (say assets>audio>VO folder where every AE project will have its own folder and only have one audio track in the VO folder).
If I have a project, say, for example, a slideshow, and I want AE to replace all of the pictures. I'll just rename the folder in which the pictures are stored. Then, when AE goes "HEY! Missing files!" I just point one of them to the newly created folder and all the rest of them find their way automatically.