In theory, the workflow is simple.
1. You shoot in your desired format. You set-up your camera accordingly, SD, HD, FPS, interlaced or progressive, whatever you want and your camera allows.
2. You use a sequence preset that EXACTLY matches what you shot in step 1. If you don't know in what format you shot, all bets are off. See below.
3. You edit and when finished,
4. You export to the format you want, DVD or BRD (it is one or the other, either DVD or BRD) or web (after exporting for the web, your job is done).
5. You author the exported file(s) and burn to either DVD or BRD, using the application you like and are familiar with.
For DVD, use MPEG2-DVD and elementary streams (separate audio and video streams). Use DVD-HQ Bitrate & GOP calculator to calculate bitrates, or use Dynamic Link to Encore and have Encore take care of the encoding required.
For BRD, use H.264-BR or MPEG2-BR and follow the same suggestions as for DVD.
In Encore import the video file as a time-line and import the audio file as an asset. Drag the audio to the time-line and it will snap in place. Author and burn.
If you use another application, like Nero, follow their suggested steps, but IMO Encore is the easiest way.
HELP: I don't know in what format I shot my footage! . In that case import your footage, drag it from the project panel to the New Item icon at the bottom of the project panel and a new sequence with the correct settings will be created automatically.
If you are going to BluRay you need to keep everything interlaced, so sequence setting would be 1080i25 (30 for ntsc). Or drag a clip into the New Item Button. See screendump
For burning to dvd or BD the easiest way is to use Dynamic Link (File/Adobe Dynamic Link/Send to Encore) and let Encore handle the rest.
If you want more controle you can export in Premiere to mpeg2-dvd or H.264 BluRay, import into Encore and burn.
Edit: Harm types faster.
Thanks for the replies. I am a total novice. I am not in a business which does video production. I do it for my own projects only. I can tell from the replies that a lot of information is presumed. Like, "interlaced" etc. Us beginners have absolutely no idea what that even means.
So I was wondering, is there a good tutorial you know of to help us old dogs learn some new tricks?
The included Help files for the programs are an excellent place to start. Go in sequence from beginning to end. Try each new thing as you learn it. Look up any words you do not fully understand.
In short, it behooves you to do your own homework here. Premiere Pro is a professional application designed for professionals. You'll have an easier time of things if you become one, in understanding at least, if not in practice.
Yeah, I've been using CS3 for years. Produced and distributed quite a few DVD's with 59 minute outdoor videos, but the HD format and the new After Effects are what sold me on CS5. I always like to short cut the learning curves.