I recently got a panasonic waterproof video camera. when all is said and done, I end up with .mpg files. I brought them into premiere pro CS4 and started up a project using the avchd 720p 30fps preset. I used this preset, because it was my best guess, but when I play a clip in the timeline it shows up as a smaller picture than the monitor frame. after that I click on the preview and resize it to fit the monitor. then I bring the sequence into another project which is avchd 1080i 60 and again I have to resize the video. surely there is a better way!
by the way, the original clip shows up as 704 x480.
all advice is more than welcome. I'm sure I'm doing this absolutely wrong.
Try creating a Sequence (prior to CS4, you had to do this at the Project level) for the 704x480 with the appropriate frame rate, and see how that goes. You can do this as a Desktop Sequence to allow you to set the frame size.
Ideally, your Project/Sequence settings should match your Assets exactly. You can then Export to whatever is required.
surely there is a better way! all advice is more than welcome
Consumer editor. Movie Edit Pro from Magix I hear works well with MPEG.