to each their own, but i always edit in a timeline that matches source, then export to the destination specification.... if you are exporting from premiere anyway, why not just export to an mpeg-DVD file that encore wont have to transcode? save some time. time is money these days. i could be wrong... but i believe you would export the same field order as source footage. anything else will cause problems...
someone please correct me if i'm wrong...
I tend to agree with demon and edit in a sequence that matches the media, then scale upon export.
Thank you both for your input. I also thought that having a smaller scale timeline would speed up rendering of effects, but maybe I'm mistaken.
I'm exporting as Lagarith AVI because I cannot, not matter what settings I use, get a crisp image when exporting direct to m2v. I always get noticable artifacting around the edges. The AVI appears to minimize this at least a little. I am using Max Rener Quality and Render and Maximum Depth.
But without getting on a tangent on those, it sounds like it IS ok then for me to edit the AVCHD footage (upper field first) in an upper field first timeline and then export (either m2v or avi) as an upper field first file?
I'll keep working on the encoding (been working on it for 2 days) to see why the artifacting is going on.
Thank you again,