I have 3 1920 x 1080 HD videos
1 = 166mb
2 = 209.mb
3 = 157.mb
I have to compile all three to Premiere then add some graphics and effects so my question is the following, I need to have the final output in .mp4 so do I
convert the large files down to a managable size while retaining the ratio?
to 960 x 540
THEN import those files to Premiere, add the graphics and edits and then output to mp4?
If so what codec should I use from the original 1920 x 1080 to 960 x 540?
and then from 960 x 540 to mp4?
Do not alter the originals. Just import, edit, and export using an appropriate H.264 preset.