Premiere Pro CS6
Windows 7 64-bit
So I have a large number of product shots that are .AVI's . I am color correcting these shots in After Effects and exporting them back out as AVI's currently. Then editing together the color corrected AVI's in Premiere Pro and exporting as h.264 for the final product. (Dynamic Link has caused a lot of problems for me and lost several projects so I'm trying to stay away from it) A couple of things are happening.
1. When I export the color corrected shots out of After Affects as .AVI's, the file size balloons to a HUGE size (way bigger than the original clip). Even though on export I select "Match sequence settings"
2. As these large AVI's have stacked up they have taken up all my harddrive space.
So my question is really, how should I be exporting and storing my color corrected shots so that I have them for future use and editing. I have read a little bit about "Intermediate Formats", but i'm not sure what would be good for me. I'd like to make sure that I don't degrade the quality of the shots, so i'm hesitant to convert all my huge .AVI's to H.264's to have them for editing later. What should I be doing here?
Buying more hard drive space is a very valid option, here. Editing takes up lots of room, you should never discount the idea of adding more when you need it.
Another possibility is exporting to MXF OP1a using the AVC-I codec. It's not lossless, but it is Master quality. Plus the file size is a LOT smaller, so it may suit your needs.
The best of the Intermediates in my experience is the Cineform codec. It uses wavelets instead of blocks.
When you export to a Cineform AVI it will not be that much bigger than the original file unless the original was highly compressed.