Can't you just bring it into PrPro as is? I assume it's an MP4 file. Depending on where it's from, it should work as is.
the files work fine. my main issue is that it's 1920 x 1080, which makes a huge final project for export. I want to know if there is a way i can shrink the footage to a smaller size, THEN edit it, and export it as a smaller size.. I don't need the final project to be HD 1920x 1080 video, and i'm not sure my computer will render out something that big without crashing... thanks for the reply!
I don't need the final project to be HD 1920x 1080 video...
If you meant 'final product' (your exported file)
instead of 'final project'...
You should edit at the native resolution of 1920x1080 (if your system
is capable) then export at a lower resolution if needed.
But... if you are determined to reduce the frame size of your footage
prior to editing, you can use Media Encoder to transcode the media.
Be sure to match the pixel aspect ratio and frame rate.
To ensure no quality loss or degradation through recompression,
you should use a lossless codec for creating your lower resolution
files for editing.
Be aware that lossless codecs by their nature tend to create
large file sizes... so transcoding from 1920x1080 .mpeg to
a 1280x720 lossless codec might result in a similar file size.
Lagarith Lossless Video Codec (pc only)
Ut Video Codec Suite (pc or mac)
Avid Codecs 2.3.7 - DNxHD (pc or mac)
All you need to know about encoding DNxHD by Fuzzy Barsik:
Edit the original material in a matching sequence, then export using the appropriate MPEG2-DVD preset.