You want to edit as AVI, not mpeg. Keep the less compressed quality as long as possible. Plus, your whole timeline may get retranscoded if edited in mpeg. Your overnight part will be when you transcode in Encore.
I was hoping for a way of lining up a number of jobs over night..... any one automated Encore
Don't use Dynamic Link from Pr to En with already-transcoded MPEG2 files - they'll get re-transcoded. Queue up your Pr sequences in the AME for overnight batch encoding. Use MPEG2 DVD presets and tweak each as necessary. That should prevent En from re-transcoding when they are imported into your En project(s). It is Encore's re-transcoding of your dynamically-linked MPEG2 files that is causing the long build times.
Building the DVDs in En should proceed quite quickly if the imported assets are DVD-legal.
So match the AME setings to what I have been using in Encore then work with Encore and noy Dynamic Link... I'll give it a try... many thanks
**** Oh B*&^**GER, I need to adjust the duration of the AVI clips at some stage from 100% to 33.33%