No. Work at the highest quality that you can.
How do you know that the AVI is not already compressed?
Ok, that works. How do I best find out what codec lies beneath the .AVI wrapper? Is there a particular program I should use?
Is there a list of codecs then, that Premiere is "good" with, and some that Premiere is "NOT" good with? In this case, we're talking FRAPS, in terms of the program used, but I'm generally interested in learning more about programs I should utilize to determine a) codec beneath the wrapper and b) how Premiere handles them. Thanks!
The free MediaInfo is a good choice for AV file information: http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
G-Spot works well too, http://www.headbands.com/gspot
For FRAPS footage, there might be some useful tips in the links in this article: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3601973#3601973
There is more discussion on Camtasia footage (TechSmith CODEC's), but FRAPS does get some mention. Hope that those discussions are not now too old.
Ok, thanks for your input Bill, very helpful!!!
I'm not at all savvy with this stuff, but here we go. Is Premiere going to be able to edit big chunks of footage when thrown together in a sequence? Let's say I have 20 clips of footage, each about 5 gb in size, that I want to put together for a 4 minute long sequence. Are there any issues I should be aware of before continuing? Like, lag, or choppiness, or weird artifacting, when it come times to render this together? Any warning signs I should be looking out for?
I'll check on FRAPS forums for FRAPS-related suggestions, too, but wanted to make sure I was doing everything I can so Premiere doesn't get mad at me. Thanks.