If these files are eventually going to be used to create a DVD, you want 48khz sound
If you do not apply any EFFECTS doing a simple cut'n'paste to create one new file out of several files should not change anything at all... except I'm not sure what will happen to the video when you change the wrong sound to 48khz sound
So, for future reference, tell the camera operator to always use 48khz sound since that is what is used for a DVD
Nope, no effects. It's really just: set in and out for clip 1, plop it on the timeline. Set in and out for clip 2, plop it on the timeline. Resave the sequence as one new AVI. That new AVI needs to be those two original captured clips joined together with no re-encoding done.
Do you know for sure that when you export a captured DV clip using the default Microsoft AVI option (with only cutting/joining done), nothing is re-encoded after the steps listed above? I'm sorry for pressing this, but I really need to make sure about this before I hand over the finished AVIs.
Believe me, I am there with you on 16 bit/48000 sound. In fact, Final Cut Pro is far less forgiving of 12 bit sound than Premiere! But you can't always control what someone gives you.
I can only say that when I cut/combine clips using CS3 there is ZERO re-encoding done and every part of the combined output is in all ways a duplicate of the various input files
But... my source is via a dual 8mm/Vhs deck into a Pinnacle Dv500 card, so everything that makes it to my hard drive is DV AVI type 2 with 48khz sound from the get-go
That is why I said I don't know if the video will be effected in any way when you go from 32khz to 48khz sound... I don't THINK so, but really don't know
The best thing you can do is give it a try and then play the resulting AVI and compare it to the original(s)
Premiere (or, more specifically, Adobe Media Encoder) will not reencode DV video provided it has no transformation, opacity changes, or effects applied. It will simply copy the frame from the source footage into the destination. To test this (if you're the doubting kind ), simply export a section of your sequence to DV AVI. Import that clip back into the project and place it on a track above the original section you exported. Twirl down the opacity settings in the Effect Control Panel for that clip, and set the blend mode to Difference. You'll see only black (assuming you've properly aligned the clip), which means there is no difference between the original and the exported/imported clip. You can also turn on the waveform monitor in the Program Monitor and you'll see nothing but a solid horizontal line at 0IRE.
I'd suggest conforming everything to 48kHz. You can use the 32kHz audio in a 48kHz sequence because Premiere will conform the audio on import to 48kHz, and will actually use that for editing and export. There's no need to use a 32kHz sequence. If you want to be sure, you could always export the 32kHz audio portion of a clip to a 48kHz WAV file, import that, and replace the audio portion of the original clip where it's used in the sequence. It's going to be upsampled at one point or another (unless of course you use a 32kHz sequence and export to a 32kHz DV AVI), and I just think that using the 48kHz standard is the safer approach.