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Best way is to spend a little money on more disk space.
It's not so much a cost problem as it is an actual physical space problem. We have 4 500GB hard drives in RAID 5 right now which comes out to 1.5TB of space, which is quite a bit, but if we get several big HD jobs going at the same time that space can start to fill up pretty quickly. We don't actually have any more physical space in the computer to put any additional hard drives. I realize we could go with an external solution, but I was just hoping Premiere had the ability to edit in low res, then recapture to footage at full res.
I realize that this will probably not help you doing HD editing, but I've been using a couple of 1.5TB IEEE1394b (800) externals, and editing SD. I had planned on just using these for more storage, but when I put PP on the laptop I was limited to 3x 200GB for the internal HDD space. I began doing a few projects using these and found, to my surprise, that they did extremely well.
Along those lines, if you have a PCI slot in your machine, an eSATA card can hook into a SATA array, that can be configured in all sorts of ways, depending on the array's controller card.
Unfortunately, I do not know of any way to do true off-line editing in PP.
Thanks for the info. We already have an eSATA port on our machine. We may have to go to an external solution if we do end up needing more space while several projects are going on at once. Once a project is done we can back it up to a removable hard drive and free up that space, but we've had times we've been pretty busy and shooting a lot of interviews that we are editing documentary style, so it's a lot easier to digitize the whole tape even if we're only going to use pieces. But it takes up quite a bit of space.
Use Scene Detect and delete the clips you know for sure you won't use.