Edit the program...export it as a master and delete your source files from the HD.
If thats what you really want to do. ( and I doubt it)
Premiere has a project Manager that may also do what you want ( but I doubt it)
I suspect that you actually want to trim your source files to match your edit?
You would have to do that manually by trimming (editing) the clips in Premiere and exporting them each out as unique new source clips.
(Doing that may actually increase your file sizes and so no space saving gain to be had)
I personally recommend giving up on the notion and just getting more hard drive space if you need it.
I wonder what your hourly rate is? The cost of 16 GB disk space at current (inflated|) prices is around € 1.60 and the time it will take you to remorve those 16 Gb from a disk will take you at least 10 minutes, so your hourly rate can not be more than € 9.60, otherwise you are wasting money. Is that worth the effort? I second Jim's suggestion, get more disk space.
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I think you are looking to Consolidate, Trim, &/or Archive.
Effectively, only keeping the sections of your clips that you actually use in your project.
This will allow you to set handles as to how much extra media you'd like to keep at the beginning and ending of your clips for future editing & transitions.
This will trim your clips according to your edit points and put all your media into a new folder. You can then delete your original footage.
Although I (sometimes) enjoy other peoples' thoughts, ideas, and suggestions... I much prefer answers that deal directly with the asked question.
Thanks to all of you!
[r]Evolution this really makes sense and I will try some tests. Thanks!!
The work I've been doing which got me started with video is creating dance montage videos for a local dance studio my daughter goes to. I might shoot hours of footage with hundreds and hundreds of clips which I edit into a 6 or 7 minute piece set to music. Most footage is not used but the the camera is recording to catch that perfect jump, leap or turn. I've discovered how much work it takes to make a 6 minute video 3 seconds at a time!
Yes as in my original question I want to get rid of what I don't want. Maybe it comes from my photography background of deleting bad images and focusing on the work I want to keep. I know storage is not expensive and that's what my question implied my concern was, but as I think more about my editing I think for me it's a matter of feeling more organized and in control by getting rid of what I don't want.
One thing you may wish to consider is when you have an entire clip of no value or use...Make it Offline.
At this time you are given the option to Delete the Media from the Hard Drive (or not to).
ImagineImages, there are certain kinds of clip fiiles that the Project Manager/ Trimmed Project function doesnt work on. Long GOP clips like H.264 (i.e., Canon 5D ), and HDV. For example, Project Manager will work with HDV footage but it copies the entire clip to the trimmed project instead of just the portion used in the timeline. And usually when a project is trimmed most folks dont want the whole clip so as to use less storage space ( like long form show that can be hummongous). This behavior is just unqiue to long GOP formats.
Heres a thread where Adobe talks about this issue.