You didn't say what type of footage you are using, but if it is HDV, any
flavor of MPEG2 or MPEG4, then Pr will not trim the original footage.
Only intra-frame codecs like DV will trim as you expect.
I shoot HDV on a Sony HC9 so yes it is mpeg.
So, are you saying that the only way to avoid having so much extra footage is to do it during the capture process by uploading only those parts I want? I hope that isn't the case because the watching, rewinding, watching, fast-forwarding, etc, etc of that process is terribly frustrating!
Thanks for your help Jeff!
The freeware program HDVSplit
<http://strony.aster.pl/paviko/hdvsplit.htm> will split your captured
footage into separate files based on timestamp and dropped frames
indication. That should make your job easier in the future.
Personally I'd recommend you just get bigger hard drives and not worry about a few gigabytes from 37 minutes worth of video, which really is nothing in the world of editing.