If you are stressed for disk space, get another disk or capture with scene detection and delete the unneeded clips.
I had a situation where I had to leave the camcorder unattended and filming as I was in the scene, but was unable to get back to it for quite a while when nothing much was happening except some sequences worth having. Scene detect would not work on what was a continual filming.
I am not struggling for disk space but to allow this massive chunk of unneeded footage to still exist and mop up unnecessary space would be silly.
I created a project with the intent of chopping out the unwanted parts then saving as a new avi, then using that in a new project applying fades etc and serious edits, but got so engrossed in the editing and so on, next thing I knew was I had the finished project, except for a need to come back later and edit the sound, add some stills etc. !
....its based on this footage thats three times as long as required and many Gigs ! I need to shorten the original file.
Its like any project though, you end up cutting out parts, but are stuck with the original footage taking up HD space. I wish there was a way of getting Premiere to trim the original based on what edits you have made and be able to open the project again with the trimmed original, still showing the joins, transitions etc.
AVI files do mop up space, I have a dedicated video editing PC with Terrabyte HD's but to be blase about space will soon see it filled.
Is there a way of trimming original file to match project and have project open without complaint ?