With my Canon hf100 AVCHD camcorder, I like to shoot in 24p or 30 mode at 17 Mbps and full 1920 x 1080.
Premiere Pro CS4 does not have a preset project setting for anything like this. There is a avchd preset for 1080i/60 and 1080p/24.
What should my settings be to import this footage?
Should I import at 60i or maybe even the 1080p setting?
The current workaround to Adobe's lack of sufficient AVCHD presets has been to use the XDCAM editing presets. These sequences seems to work well with AVCHD footage and do not require rendering for realtime playback, AKA, there will not be a red bar above the video footage.
If there is not a preset that correctly matches the footage you shot, then choose Custom Settings and create one using the XDCAM editing mode.