I can think of a couple of ways for doing this.
One would be to create/edit your Intro, and then Export it with a lossless CODEC, such as Lagarith Lossless, or UT. This would then be Imported into your show's Sequence. You would not have to re-Render this segment, as you will have already "signed off" on it, so even if it has the red line over it, you do not need to see it playback at the ultimate quality.
Another, and with some potential for saving some other work, would be to create a Sequence with the Intro, and the Bin structure/layout in place. Save this Project as a "template" and then use it as boilerplate for each new show. Just immediately do a Save_As (so as to not overwrite it), and add your new footage. I'd also do a backup of that "template," just in case you forget the Save_As.
Thank you so much!
I had something similar in mind for the workflow of the show initially but was having a hard time visualizing it. I also sometimes record the audio of the show on a Cubase Workstation and have templates there.
I will give the lossless codec export a try, sounds like it'll do what I want it to do which is cut rendering time off of my queues and spend more time actually rendering new stuff
The show is being shot on HDV 1080p 29.9fps
Take note that Blu-ray can't hold 30p video. At 1080 resolution and 30 fps, it will only hold interlaced video.