...wonder if there's a better way to go about this.
Is there a way to snip the clips I want from the films...
Not really... Premiere is built to "snip the clips".
If you plan to use pieces of the 30 films, Import them all,
allow plenty of time for all of the audio to complete conforming.
After that, it should not be any concern.
MKV is NOT supported http://forums.adobe.com/thread/384783
-and more http://forums.adobe.com/thread/896103
-and a possible solution http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1175096
There are also a lot of great tips, and setting up Projects is part of them, in the links in this FAQ Entry: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878529?tstart=0
PS - before you make big plans for the MKV material, I would definitely see the threads, that John T. linked to.
Thank you guys for this great information. One more question. I found the folder where the temp files are and some of the movies only have one instance but others have 6 different .cfa files that are all the size of the original movie. Why is this? I don't think it's the file types because I see .mp4's that only have one instance and i also see .mp4's that have 6 instances.
Once I've pulled all my clips is there going to be a way to get rid of all the temp files without messing up my project? I don't even need the .cfa files because I won't be using any of the clips actual audio. I'm trying to free up some space asap. Also, will saving temp files to an external 2.0 usb drive make editing and compiling slower?
Once I've pulled all my clips is there going to be a way to get rid of all the temp files without messing up my project? I don't even need the .cfa files...
No... with one exception:
"To avoid conforming, use audio editing software,
or transcoding software, to convert your files to natively-supported
uncompressed formats at the supported sampling rates."
..will saving temp files to an external 2.0 usb drive make editing and compiling slower?
That would be likely. You can certainly try it.
Thank you guys for all the help.
Here's a rough cut of my video. I'm pretty happy with it so far but not done yet.
The first clip I used was in anamorphic widescreen so now the 16:9 and 4:3 clips dont take up the top/bottom of the screen. Is there a way to copy/paste this sequence into a new sequence thats 16:9 so that footage will take up the whole screen and then the anamorphic widescreen stuff will just have the bars at top and bottom?
let me know what you think