How about using the same format at a much lower bit rate?
Why are you in need of offlining files anymore? Old PC? Stacking large quantities of video tracks? In need of a CUDA card to get rid of red lines over the timeline?
My computer is a bit long in the tooth; hexcore AMD 1100T 3.5mhz with 8 gig RAM, dual GT630 cards (with the CUDA hack for MPE), but I do have
separate 7200rpm drives for audio, video and stills. Oh, and I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once.
A lower bit rate would be good enough?
I just want to make things as easy on my box as possible.
Before this latest PC, I always used Cineform to change HDV into something easier to edit. You might want to consider coughing up the money to buy Cineform Studio Premium. It uses a better compression than macro blocks and makes it pretty easy to get all of your videos into the same format.
I just started reading the thread, thanks. Wanted to come back and reply that I started transcoding to FLV overnight and the file sizes are going down by about two thirds. After reading some other threads before your suggestion I'm relaizing it's not just file size but how easily Premiere can play back certain files types so now I don't know if FLV is the way to go. It's taking a long time to transcode, though. A very looong time.
Lots to learn, I know.
Back to that thread.
It is absolutely the complexity of decoding the video that matters the most. However, if your drives are not fast enough, the smaller file sizes help for that.
FLV is not the way to go. Encoding to bigger files sizes with less complex codecs is the way to go.
However, I would try editing the native video before making any decisions about using a proxy..