>What render settings do I use to render out 1080i footage?
Rendering is what you do to make the timeline play smoother while editing... I think you mean exporting to a new file
If yes, what do you want to export for... to create a DVD or BluRay... to play on a computer... to upload to a web site...???
The tutorial list in message #3 http://forums.adobe.com/message/2276578 may help
Export yes, not render. Just uploading to youtube. I want the best settings I can get which is why I'm trying to learn this.
Additional question: The footage I record apparently is in 29 fps but when I go to export it my settings put it automatically at 50 fps. Any idea why this is?
1080I means 1920x1080 interlaced.
1080p means 1920x1080 progressive
Analyse a clip with Mediainfo and post a screendump of that analyses in tree view to see what actually the framerate is
For Youtube use a preset for Youtube which you will find under H.264 in the export settings.