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Rod, perhaps you have a very specific reason for choosing the workflow you have, but I'll ask the obvious:
What would be wrong with working with your full-size DV AVI in PPCS3, and using the SCALE effect to go tighter on selected shots to simulate your mediums. Then, at the end, export your final chosen size. If there are some clips that you need to move around in (a la the old "pan'n'scan' technique used to bring cinemascope movies down to old 4:3 TV proportions), you could simply keyframe the motion of said clip within the visible frame.
Maybe I've missed something crucial, but I think I'd rather be working with all my video at it's native size and let the compressor do its best at the end.
CS3 needs you to start the project off with the 360x240 settings to do what you want.
Just pick the Desktop settings and chage the size to what you want.
Then when you import the file you will see that it will be bigger then the frame.
All you have to do is change the size to 50%
From there you just add keyframes to scale and postion it where you want it.
No need to ever leave Premiere CS3
Well, its the resolution ...I would rather not "blow up" parts of the image and lose resolution...
I think Glenn's suggestion after your mssg is what I need to do.
That way I'm using the full scale for the medium shots and the main clip is the smaller size to allow me to do that....
Thanks ! I think that's the thing I should do !