I am trying (with no avail) to export a youtube quality hd video using my Canon Vixia HG21. I think i have the right export settings based on other peoples advice but everything is squished when I export, which leads me to believe my project settings are wrong. Any advice on what I should use with this model camera?
Can you give us your Project/Sequence Preset, the exact specs. of your Canon's footage, and then the chosen Export settings? Please give us as much detail about these, as you possibly can. The answer will likely be in those details.
everything is squished when I export
How are you determining this? Most software players need to be manually told to 'unsquish' anamorphic videos.