In Edit > Prefs > General, there is a checkbox for "Auto Scale to Frame Size". Enable that, and any clips imported after that change will automatically be scaled to fill the current frame size. For clips already imported prior to change, you can right-click and manually choose Scale to Frame on clips in your Sequence.
Ideally, you should figure out what format you want to deliver, and start from there. For instance, if the final product will be on DVD, then 720x480 is the size to work with and you would start with a DV NTSC preset and scale clips to fit. Not a good idea to scale everything UP, as you will lose quality, so not recommending full 1920x1080 HD if your sources are all smaller.
Also pay attention to FRAME RATE. You can mix them, but decide which one is most prevalent and that may be the one to use, depends though. If you can give examples of what you have to work with, and where it is going (DVD, YouTube, etc.) then you may get more specific tips
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Well. That was easy. Thanks for the input. The information age is amazing.
I have a middle school news/announcement program. I have the writing and reporting down, but want to have more fun with video. Well on our way!
The end product is typically to upload to Youtube.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Again, need to know the video sources. Adobe Media Encoder has a nice 720p preset for YouTube, if working wth HD sources. Note that anything you encode for web delivery should be in the progressive format, no interlacing.
Sources vary from
Kodak play....set to HD 1080p...I assume 30fps
Canon Vixia...AVCHD set to ???? .... PF30 fps
And GoPro Hero2 set to 1080 30fps.
Sadly, I don't have the same camera for all uses =(
720p 30 will probably be a safe bet to work with, and for the 1080 sources, will give you extra room to reframe if desired (turn OFF scale to frame for that clip, then use Adobe Motion to scale and position image manually).